June 17, 2022

Hungary blocks EU deal on 15% minimum corporate tax

Budapest argues the new tax would deal a "low blow" for European competitiveness and put jobs at risk.
June 16, 2022

Hungary ready for compromises with Brussels to unblock recovery funds

National minister Tibor Navracsics told Euronews that Budapest is ready to "speed up negotiations as much as possible."
June 16, 2022

The Fiver | Revealed: every football team will play each other twice next season

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It feels like it was only Tuesday when England were bringing the curtain down on the men’s season. Oh how we have missed football since that day. We’ve been kicking rolled-up socks around the living room in the hope it would compensate for the lack of action on the tellybox – it did not – and ironically ended with a plasma screen getting cracked. We really shouldn’t darn our socks so heavily. Continue reading...
June 14, 2022

England fans finally have a stick to beat Gareth Southgate with | Barney Ronay

Despite tournament success, supporters have not taken to the manager and Hungary rout has given their gripes substanceWell, that escalated quickly. This was an unsettling, deeply toxic night for Gareth Southgate and his England players, although mainly of course for Southgate himself, who will now find not just his feet, but his entire weary frame held to the fire of furious public opinion.England came to Molineux looking to cap this weary, depleted Nations League silly season with a win, a sense of momentum regained. What they got was 90 minutes of pain, lactic acid, bruises and a sense, in the middle of it, the feeling of something beginning to drift out of sight. Continue reading...
June 14, 2022

Hungary to make $600m annual profit through Russian oil tax – research agency

Eurointelligence analysis says profit is ‘at expense of everyone else in EU’Hungary is set to make about £500m in yearly profits through a tax on Russian oil “at the expense of everyone else in the EU”, a research agency has suggested.The Hungarian government, which gained an opt-out from an EU embargo on Russian oil, recently introduced a windfall tax of 25% on the difference between Russian crude prices and world prices. A note by the research service Eurointelligence estimated this could net Budapest roughly $600m (£495m, €575m) in “hidden profit” a year, observing it was “not a bad money spinner for an economy that size”. Continue reading...
June 8, 2022

England claw a draw in Germany and the latest on Italy – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Nedum Onuoha, Nicky Bandini and Jonathan Liew to discuss England’s Nations League draw in GermanyOn the podcast today: Harry Kane’s late penalty earns England a point in Germany, but they remain bottom of their Nations League group. Is Gareth Southgate rewarding loyalty too much over form? And how do the players feel about these matches after a continuous cycle of football since the Covid restart in 2020?Elsewhere, Italy beat Hungary to move to the summit of group A3. Nicky gives us a lowdown on the mood in Italian football after their disastrous World Cup qualifying exit. Also, it’s time for “The Bandinis”, her awards for the Serie A 21-22 season.Finally, there are some questions for Nedum on what the transfer window is like from a player’s point of view, plus will Gareth Bale move to the Championship?To share your experiences as an LGBTQ+ fan please go here.And tickets are still available for the upcoming Football Weekly Live tour. Continue reading...
June 4, 2022

Hungary v England: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the 5pm BST game in BudapestFeel free to drop a mail to scott.murray@theguardian.comJarrod Bowen and James Justin make their England debuts in a side showing eight changes from the friendly win over Ivory Coast in March. Harry Kane and Mason Mount return, Jordan Pickford pulls the gloves back on, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Conor Coady come into the defence. Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham retain their spots in midfield, as does Harry Maguire at the back.November 25 1953, and Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Nándor Hidegkuti, Zoltán Czibor, József Bozsik, Gyula Grosics et al rock up to Wembley, where they set about putting English football firmly in its place. You’d have thought the 6-3 humiliation visited upon Walter Winterbottom’s team would have led to a period of reflection, regrouping and realignment … but no. England blithely put the thrashing down to a bad day at the office, and few lessons were learned. Off to the Népstadion they went, six months later, to play the return fixture on May 23 1954 with pretty much exactly the same tactical plan. Here’s how that panned out, then, in the words of the pre-MBM-era Manchester Guardian. Continue reading...
June 3, 2022

‘Not acceptable’: Xavier Bettel lashes out at Viktor Orbán over Kirill's removal from EU sanctions

The Luxembourg Prime Minister texted Viktor Orbán to say he was "not amused" by Hungary's "unacceptable" last minute objection to the new sanctions package.
June 2, 2022

Patriarch Kirill excluded from EU sanctions after Hungary’s objection

The last-minute move from Budapest angered diplomats, with one calling it "hostage policy."
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