Central European investigation firms break out of their traditional area
Millennium Emerging Europe is expanding its beat, capitalising on the increasing number of contracts it has won in the Russian-speaking and Eastern European region. Several other firms that have stayed connected to the Ukrainian conflict are doing the same.
Jozsef Kovacs, Viktor Orban's discreet right-hand security man
Sanctions against Serb intelligence chief puts Budapest on edge
The US's decision to sanction the head of the BIA, Serbia's civil intelligence service, has members of the Hungarian government worried, not least a handful of individuals who for months have been facing the threat of a similar fate.
Spy Way of Life
Szentendre, a hub for Serbian and Russian handlers in Europe
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens where they meet contacts and hold discreet conversations. This week, Intelligence Online roams the streets of the small tourist town of Szentendre, seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Hungary and a handy spot for Russian spies in Europe to meet with their sources.
Moscow revives timid attempt to recruit Hungarian fighters
As it continues to drive a recruitment campaign for Serbian fighters to bulk up its armed forces, Russia has dusted off a shelved project to do the same among the ethnic Hungarian population.
Biden administration checks Orban's effort to deepen ties with Trump network
By imposing new visa restrictions on Hungarians, sources say the US government hopes to curb the honeymoon between Orban emissaries and top Republicans - especially those who could hold influential positions if Trump wins next year's election.
Balazs Orban, Hungarian PM Orban's new pillar of strategic foreign affairs
Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is about to split in two. Peter Szijjarto, who has led the ministry for the past decade, will remain in charge of trade, while ambitious young spin doctor Balazs Orban will head the diplomatic corps.
Bluelight Global Solutions investigators called in on decade-long Croatia vs MOL battle
The London private investigation and security firm, which assists security agencies across the Commonwealth, has been working on a dispute between Hungarian energy giant MOL and the Croatian government that has raged for more than 10 years.
Pope Francis keen to meet Ukraine war negotiators during Budapest visit
The pontiff, who has been looking to play a role as mediator in the Ukraine conflict, has lowered his sights and decided to travel to Hungary in late April. The Vatican is trying to convince the two sides in the conflict to send discreet representatives to meet him while he is there.
Hungarian defence ministry's rising star takes charge of strategy review
Innovation commissioner Imre Porkolab is moving up the ranks in a Hungarian defence ministry in the throes of reform, as it tries to maintain cordial relations with Moscow while also deepening its involvement in European defence structures.
Partners Aero Vodochody and Omnipol torn over Ukraine strategy
The Czech manufacturer of the L-39 fighter jet Aero Vodochody has kept a back seat on Ukraine, largely because of its majority shareholders' ties with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban. Its other shareholder however, the Czech group Omnipol, is actively providing its wares to Ukraine's armed forces.
Viktor Orban's close adviser Balazs Orban handed keys to Hungarian foreign policy
IFAT, a think-tank under the authority of the foreign ministry with access to intelligence analyses, is to be attached to the office of the prime minister's influential political adviser, Balazs Orban. The switch reflects the PM's wish to retake control of the flow of information within government and redefine the country's foreign policy priorities.
Informal Fidesz lobby starts to take shape in Brussels
Two young Hungarians, sent by the government in Budapest, have been organising informal evenings for their compatriots in the "Brussels bubble". This embryonic lobby can only be good news for the Hungarian authorities, which are mobilising hard in the European Union capital.
Viktor Orban's intelligence corps keeps watch in Brussels
Hungary's two-year battle for access to EU funding has had a profound effect on its external intelligence missions. The Informacios Hivatal's priority is now to carefully observe EU policymakers in Brussels.
Hungarian intelligence presses ahead with reforms in midst of upheavals
Against the backdrop of Russia's war on Ukraine, Budapest's intelligence community, which is currently undergoing major reforms, is seeking a new balance as it struggles to attract new recruits and faces scrutiny from its NATO allies.
Sandor Pinter, the immovable warden of Hungarian intelligence
While Victor Orban's chief of staff Antal Rogan has been extending his control of the country's intelligence, the true curator of the sector remains the long-serving interior minister and political heavyweight, Sandor Pinter.
The Intelligence Gazette
Access to UK Special Forces, DGSI and criminal records, JIO's new hub, TurkStream under threat and spying on French pilots in China?
Appointments, reforms and the issues at stake: every Monday, Intelligence Online serves up snippets big and small from the global intelligence community. This week we hone in on London, Paris and Budapest.
United KingdomBen Wallace and the Defence Committee cross swords over parliamentary control of UK Special Forces.
FranceDGSI to have permanent access to criminal records file.
United KingdomThe Joint Intelligence Organisation creates an OSINT "insights hub".
HungaryBudapest scans TurkStream for sabotage risks.
FranceIs DGSE now keeping an eye on ex-Air Force staff abroad following Intelligence Online's revelations?
Giant Hungarian battery plant project strengthens Beijing's position in Central Europe
The €7.34bn investment to be made in the Hungarian city of Debrecen by Chinese electric battery specialist CATL confirms the success of China's diplomatic strategy in the region.
4G interception soon available to all hackers
Researchers have developed low-cost methods for intercepting mobile IMSI numbers in what promises to be a first step towards call interception
Viktor Orban’s tightrope act
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has hired Liberty International Group, [...]
Argus Security Projects
Argus Security Projects, the Budapest-registered security company that works for [...]
Argus Security, EU's Hungarian guards
Solidly established in the Balkan states and also in the Arab world, one of the European Commission's principal security contractors is a Hungarian company set up by ex-soldiers.