Category: World
World 09.04.21 | 18:56

Prince Philip dies aged 99

Britain’s Prince Philip, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. In a statement, the place says the prince, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died hours earlier in the morning at Windsor Castle. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The...

World 07.04.21 | 09:19

V4: Vaccination Goal Reached, Hungary Begins Reopening

The number of people vaccinated with the first jab has reached 2.5 million, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced, indicating that Hungary will begin reopening on Wednesday. Among the first measures will be the shortening of the current curfew and the reopening of shops and services, Hungary Today...

World 06.04.21 | 10:58

Orban: We are fighting and each jab gets us closer to victory

“This year, as was the case last year, we celebrate Easter differently and not in the intimacy of family,” Hungary’s prime minister wrote on social media. In his Easter Monday greeting, Viktor Orban reminisced about the Easter of two years ago, adding that now is the time for work....

World 04.04.21 | 19:22

Pope Francis condemns conflict during celebration of Easter

Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and is offering the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday. Only 200 people were allowed to attend the services because of the anti-coronavirus restrictions and to prevent infection. Before the pandemic,...

World 04.04.21 | 13:07

Orbán, Morawiecki and Salvini form new right-wing European alliance

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has joined forces with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy’s Matteo Salvini to form a new right-wing political alliance at European level, revealing no details of whether their cooperation would lead to changes in political groups in the European Parliament. They...

World 01.04.21 | 17:42

V4: Was Stella Kyriakides aware that she signed a bad deal?

The European Union has concluded a worse contract with AstraZeneca than Britain, as stated by both the UK’s health minister and AstraZeneca’s CEO in the past few weeks. V4NA sent a written inquiry to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and European Commission (EC) President Ursula von...

World 30.03.21 | 19:26

V4: When will EU Health Commissioner resign because of the unfavourable vaccine contracts?

The V4 news agency reports on the issue of whether EU Commissioner Stella Kyriakides signed a contract with AstraZeneca on worse terms than the agreement signed by the UK on purpose or out of ignorance. The UK has a better contract with AstraZeneca to provide vaccines than the European Union, British...

World 27.03.21 | 10:41

Orban: We have one key topic, and that’s vaccine procurement

We have one topic, one topic that is really important, and that’s vaccines and vaccine procurement, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said ahead of the upcoming EU summit to begin on Thursday, the V4 news agency reported. Brussels has undertaken the task of procuring vaccines for the member states. If...

World 26.03.21 | 22:56

School closures may cause generational catastrophe, warns UNESCO

Following a new UNESCO study showing that over 100 million children will fall below the minimum proficiency level in reading due to the impact of Covid-19 school closures, UNESCO is preparing to convene education ministers from all over the world on March 29. Titled “One Year into COVID: Prioritizing...

World 26.03.21 | 10:56

Vaccine-Gate: Brussels responds with arrogance to critical media

The European Commission keeps providing the same blanket answer to try and shirk responsibility for the scandal surrounding the vaccine procurement contracts. Brussels is not afraid to silence journalists, either, the V4 news agency reports. V4NA has tried several times before to get answers as to why...

World 20.03.21 | 14:53

V4: Deutsche Welle apologises for defamatory report

German public service broadcaster Deutsche Welle has recently aired a report on renovation projects in Budapest’s Castle District. However, it soon turned out that the report was manipulated and DW was forced to apologize, the V4 news agency reported. In its report, Deutsche Welle covered the Hungarian...

World 19.03.21 | 20:25

V4: European Public Prosecutor’s Office is still not operational despite taking tens of millions in taxpayers’ money

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office was allocated tens of millions of euros in financing by this year’s EU budget. However, V4NA has learnt that the office is not even operational. On Wednesday, V4NA sent a written inquiry to the European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO). We wanted to...

World 19.03.21 | 18:45

V4: OLAF doesn’t deny that it investigates vaccine procurements

The V4NA news agency has sent a written inquiry to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to learn what investigations they are conducting in regard to the EU’s vaccine procurements. V4NA has contacted the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) regarding the vaccine procurements asking the following...

World 18.03.21 | 21:59

Fidesz announces it is leaving the EPP

The Hungarian ruling Fidesz party announced that it is withdrawing from the European Peoples Party, as the EPP slides to the left. It’s time to say goodbye, said Fidesz official Katalin Novak. She shared a memo from Fidesz sent to EPP Secretary General Antonio Lopez, informing him that Fidesz “no...

World 17.03.21 | 17:26

V4: European Medicines Agency shifts responsibility to member states

It is the prerogative of member states to make national-level decisions concerning vaccines, the head of the European Medicines Agency has said, the V4 news agency reported “The decisions taken on a national level are being taken in the context of the information that is available on the national...

World 16.03.21 | 22:57

V4: Brussels may face ‘Vaccinegate’

There are a growing number of questions with regard to the EU’s joint vaccine procurement. Last week it emerged that the vaccine distribution is not based on a pro-rata population key. V4NA tried to find out who – and serving what interests – has exerted political pressure on behalf...

World 15.03.21 | 09:32

Northern China hit by strongest sandstorm in a decade

The strongest sandstorm in ten years has swept across northern China on Monday. The authorities in Beijing issued a “yellow alert” and warned of severely restricted visibility. Pollution in the Chinese capital reached “dangerous” levels after heavy winds brought in sand from the north-west...

World 12.03.21 | 20:33

Several European countries halt use of AstraZeneca vaccine, Macedonia is waiting for the first doses

Denmark has temporarily suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary move after reports of blood clots and one death. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the UK’s regulatory body have said that there is no indication that vaccination is linked to thromboembolic...

World 08.03.21 | 10:22

V4: European countries tread their own paths in vaccine procurement

As vaccine procurement coordinated by the EU is still slow, member states have decided to map their own procurement options with many turning towards the Chinese and Russian vaccines, the V4 news agency reports. In the EU Hungary was the first to announce that it wants to procure Chinese and Russian...

World 05.03.21 | 16:21

Hungary to tighten pandemic restrictions as new infections hit record

Authorities in Hungary are tightening pandemic restrictions in an effort to mitigate a rapid rise in deaths and hospitalizations caused by COVID-19. Businesses will be required to close their doors for two weeks beginning Monday, with only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations permitted to remain...

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