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Hungary upgrades military with delivery of German tanks

Hungary upgrades military with delivery of German tanks

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- The Hungarian army received four refurbished Leopard 2 tanks from its German manufacturer as it awaits delivery of 44 upgraded tanks starting in 2023. While the tanks were handed over by maker Kraus-Maffei Wegmann on Thursday at an army base in Tata, Hungary, eight older versions of the Leopard 2A4HU variant will be provided for training purposes. Hungary will later receive 44 of the newest Leopard 2 variant, called the 2A7+, to replace Soviet-made T-72 tanks. Germany and Denmark currently use the upgraded tanks, and the purchase suggests some interoperability between the German, Danish and Hungarian armies. Each is a NATO member. Advertisement "Hungary is modernizing its land forces with Germany as a strategic partner," German State Secretary of Defense Thomas Silberhorn...
The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

Health
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s prime minister says that, except for Serbia, his country will not open its borders to citizens from several countries outside the European Union, as recommended earlier this week by the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday in a video posted on his Facebook page that Hungary is also reinstating the “humanitarian corridors,” designated routes which foreigners in transit can use to drive through Hungary. The Council on Tuesday recommended that from July 1, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents from 14 non-EU countries, including Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Montenegro, New Zealand and South Korea. Orban said that “for now, except for Serbia, we can’t comply with the EU requ

Protest in Hungary over govt plan to seize research network

Technology
A few thousand mostly academics and students held a protest march against a plan by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to seize control of the research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Critics say the government plan threatens academic freedom and autonomous scientific research in Hungary, a "de facto nationalization of the academy's property" which would put scientific research under close government scrutiny. The government, which held several rounds of unsuccessful talks with the academy, says its wants to improve innovation in scientific research and have publicly funded research projects that create "direct economic profit." Viktor Oliver Lorincz, a junior research fellow attending Sunday's march, said "we don't want to belong to the government because we are afrai...