Category: World
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...

World 05.03.21 | 13:23

Orban: It’s time for a new European right

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban set out to build a new alliance of right-wing European parties after he pulled Fidesz from the European People’s Party (EPP), the center-right group in the bloc’s parliament. Our task is clear. Now without the EPP we must build a European democratic right,...

World 04.03.21 | 18:02

Orban: Long live the democratic right

“Fidesz has left the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament. It has refused to accept that the rights of Members of the European Parliament – and thus the rights of Hungarian voters – be restricted by an amendment of the Group’s statutes,” Hungarian...

World 04.03.21 | 11:06

German citizens will be able to get at least one free coronavirus test per week free of charge

Germany‘s coronavirus lockdown will be extended until March 28, but Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers have agreed to a path to opening up depending on infection rates. After hours of negotiations on Wednesday, they agreed to a step-by-step reopening strategy with an emergency brake system...

World 03.03.21 | 13:11

Fidesz left the EPP group in the European Parliament

The Hungarian ruling Fidesz party left the EPP group in the European Parliament today, after the group changed its rules in a way that would’ve made it easier to sanction entire groups. Prime Minister Viktor Orban informed EPP group leader Manfred Weber that the 12 Fidesz MEPs are leaving the group....

World 28.02.21 | 14:28

V4: Orban took the Chinese vaccine

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban took the coronavirus vaccine today. He opted for the Chinese produced Sinopharm vaccine, and shared the picture on his Facebook account to encourage other Hungarians to take the vaccine. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=275163773961835&t=67 Hungary is actively...

World 26.02.21 | 12:03

Orban: We do not believe in a post-Christian, post-national Europe

We do not believe in a post-national, post-Christian Europe, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in an interview. The leader of the V4 group of nations insisted that immigrants who are allowed into Hungary need to be aware that they are entering a country based on Judeo-Christian values and need...

World 23.02.21 | 13:07

Orban: There are no Eastern and Western vaccines, just good or bad ones

The duty of all countries is to provide as many coronavirus vaccines as possible, regardless of their origin, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “There are no Eastern or Western vaccines, just good or bad vaccines”, he added. Hungary has signed contracts with Chinese and Russian...

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