Hungary stems migrant flow, but issue remains big in EU vote

Europe 05/10/19, 02:29

Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think the political discourse has moved on.Think again.In this month's European Parliament election, no issue rings louder in Hungary than migration. Prime ...

Hungary deports 2nd Afghan family to Serbia overnight

Europe 05/08/19, 05:15

A human rights group says a second family of Afghan asylum-seekers, including three children and their pregnant mother, has been deported to Serbia in the middle of the night.The Hungarian Helsinki Committee said Wednesday that the deportation of a third Afghan family is on hold for now after they secured ...

In darkness, Hungary deports Afghan family of 6 to Serbia

Europe 05/07/19, 15:54

Hungary has deported a family of six asylum-seekers to Serbia, making them cross a gate in the border fence in the dark, with no one waiting for them on the Serbian side.The nighttime circumstances of Tuesday's deportation were considered very unusual and were witnessed by staff from the U.N. refugee ...

Hungary leader finds main EU executive candidates unsuitable

Europe 05/06/19, 12:57

Hungary's prime minister said Monday that he thinks the main candidates for president of the European Union's executive arm are unsuitable for the job.Viktor Orban said that he won't support Manfred Weber from the center-right European People's Party to lead the European Commission because Weber insulted Hungary by saying he ...

Hungary says EU shouldn’t ‘mislead’ Turkey about membership

Europe 05/03/19, 06:52

Hungary's foreign minister says the European Union should stop "misleading" Turkey about its prospects of membership in the bloc and instead offer it a "comprehensive strategic partnership." Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Friday that his counterparts from some of the larger EU members reject Turkey's membership at closed-door meetings, but don't ...

Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism

Europe 05/03/19, 02:46

Italy's populist interior minister is uniting Europe's right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month's European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU's base in Brussels.The latest target of Matteo Salvini's wooing: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. The two bonded ...

Hungarian leader Orban, Italy’s Salvini meeting in Budapest

Europe 05/02/19, 06:38

Hungary's prime minister will host Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in a meeting between two of Europe's main opponents to immigration.Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Salvini will meet Thursday afternoon at Orban's new office in Buda Castle.In an interview published Wednesday in Italian newspaper La Stampa, Orban said Salvini was ...

Trump invites Hungarian leader Orban to May 13 meeting

Politics 05/02/19, 02:33

A Hungarian goverment spokesman says Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been invitied by U.S. President Donald Trump for a "working meeting" on May 13. Zoltan Kovacs tweeted Thursday that the meeting in Washington will cover issues like energy security, defense cooperation, bilateral relations and regional security. In July 2016, Orban became the ...

Hungary: ‘Porgy and Bess’ cast asked to be African American

Entertainment 04/09/19, 14:08

The Hungarian State Opera has asked the nearly all-white cast for its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African American.The Hungarian performers were asked to sign a statement declaring that "African-American origin and identity is an inseparable part of my identity" and made being in "Porgy and Bess" ...

Hungarian PM Orban launches campaign with anti-migrant plan

Europe 04/05/19, 11:48

Hungary's prime minister on Friday launched his party's campaign for the European Parliamentary elections in May by presenting a seven-point plan against immigration.Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for migration to be controlled by national governments, not European Union bureaucrats and repeated his view that no country should be forced to ...

Slovenia dismisses Hungary embassy protest of Orban cartoon

Europe 04/05/19, 10:35

Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a Hungarian embassy protest over a magazine cover cartoon that showed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban giving a Nazi salute.The ministry said it "consistently respects the principle of freedom of the press and expression in its policies and activities and neither encroaches upon editorial ...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Europe 03/24/19, 18:46

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned ...

Croatia beaten by Hungary in European qualifying, Wales wins

Soccer 03/24/19, 14:20

World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for grabs with four teams level on points, Wales began its campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia.Fresh off a narrow 2-1 win ...

Update: EU Parliament bloc suspends Hungary’s Fidesz

Europe 03/20/19, 13:11

The Latest on the dispute between the European Parliament's center-right EPP alliance and its Hungary's Fidesz party (all times local):7:10 p.m.Manfred Weber, leader of center-right EPP alliance in European Parliament, says Viktor Orban's Fidesz party has been suspended from the grouping. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a ceremony during the ...

Hungarian party faces discipline from center-right EU bloc

Europe 03/20/19, 06:37

A senior lawmaker from Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says Hungary's ruling Fidesz party may be suspended from the main center-right bloc in the European Parliament.Prime Minister Viktor Orban's authoritarian style and anti-European Union, anti-migration policies have long put him at odds with many members of the European People's Party, ...

Hungary’s Orban to attend meeting on party’s possible ouster

Europe 03/19/19, 12:54

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be traveling to Brussels to attend a meeting of the main center-right alliance in the European Parliament, set to discuss the expulsion or suspension of Orban's Fidesz party from the group.Thirteen of the European People's Party's 49 full-member parties are calling for Fidesz's ouster ...

Hungarian opposition lawmakers fined for parliament protest

Europe 03/19/19, 11:16

Dozens of Hungarian opposition lawmakers have been fined up to a month's wages for their loud disruptions and protests inside parliament in December, as deputies were voting on changes to the labor code.Trade unions and opponents have criticized the bill approved by government-party deputies as a "slave law" benefiting employers.Fines ...

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