Naps may be put to a voteHungary might have to face a national referendum on the introduction of an official siesta. Last week, the ten-member National Electoral Committee decided by 6-4 that the proposal is constitutional. If the unidentified sponsor of the initiative is able to collect enough signatures over the coming months, the government will have no option but to hold a national referendum on the issue.
Police warn of drug war threatDrug gangs could engage in turf wars in the near future as Hungary has changed from a transit country to a target country for drug smugglers, the deputy head of Hungary’s National Bureau of Investigation said last Thursday.
Hens cannot handle the heat according to the Hungarian Egg Producers’ Association. Egg production has fallen by 20% during the heatwave. Higher grain costs this year have pushed the break-even point on an egg to HUF 18.
A Reader’s Digest honesty test performed in 32 cities found that Budapesters were above average when it came to certain morals. Journalists pretended to lose their mobiles, then called them in the hope of getting them back.
Hungary slips in investment rankingHungary has dropped three places to eleventh in a list of the European countries most attractive for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Ernst & Young said last week.
The Slovakian government has offered an olive branch to Hungary after a protests against plans to build a huge new coal-fired power station just over the border from the famous Tokaj wine region.
The Hungarian energy companies MVM Power Trading Ltd and MVM Partner Energy Trading Ltd donated equipment worth HUF 17 million (EUR 68,000) to the foundation for the patients of the children’s clinic in TĹ±zoltó utca last Friday.
Chance to impress the influentialThe Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place this weekend at Hungaroring under the name of its new main sponsor. In the anniversary year Hungarian competitors will again take part in the factory VIP race and this year Norbert Kiss will enter.
Workers claim deductions outstripped wagesA group of Hungarians working for a pizza franchise in the UK last week claimed their employer deducted so much money from their wages that they often earned nothing or were even in debt to the company. They allege they were sacked when they contacted a trade union about their plight. The employer denies the allegations and said the workers were sacked because their paperwork was not in order.
More heatHeat records dropped left, right and centre last week as Hungary continued to swelter in a heat wave that is not expected to abate before the middle of this week.