The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade summoned Spain’s ambassador to Budapest on Wednesday with relation to Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell’s statements criticizing Hungary as xenophobic, according to a report on official government website kormany.hu.
The Szeged Court of Appeals has upheld a terrorism charge brought against Syrian national Ahmed H., who clashed with police on illegally entering Hungary from Serbia at the Röszke border point in September 2015. The case has been subject to an international outcry at what is seen by some as an overly strict application of the law.
Although Hungaryʼs government and central bank, along with several analysts, think the country’s economy is fit for an upgrade, two of the three major credit rating institutions have left its sovereign debt rating unchanged in their latest reviews. In the meantime, the economy continues to perform well, producing 4.6% annual growth in the second quarter.
Inflation will remain slightly over 3% in the short term, but underlying developments will ensure the achievement of the inflation target in a sustainable structure from mid-2019, the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said in a quarterly report released Thursday, summarized by Hungarian news agency MTI.
Hungarian online news portal index.hu has vowed to stay editorially independent in the face of recent ownership changes, publishing an article clarifying the situation on Tuesday.