Claims are growing louder in Hungary that associates of Prime Minister Viktor Orban have profited illegally from EU funds. European anti-fraud investigators and journalists in Hungary have turned up irregularities in infrastructure procurements.
The high demand for residency and citizenship in EU member states has created a market for corrupt national officials to forge documents and pocket the money. Governments even profit on selling citizenship or residency.
BMW is following in the footsteps of its German rivals like Mercedes and Audi by investing a billion euros in a new plant in Hungary. The Central European country has become an attractive location for German carmakers.
The leading prime ministerial candidate has been charged with misusing EU funds two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections. Andrej Babis is one of the richest and most powerful politicians in the Czech Republic.
Viktor Orban's increasingly authoritarian tendencies have frustrated the EU. As Hungary enters a national election, could Brussels be preparing to pull the financial rug out from under the right-wing prime minister?
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