Hungary leader grapples with EU as corruption concerns rise

Europe 03/17/19, 06:43

As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds.An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered more than 470,000 signatures to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into joining the budding ...

Hungarian PM says his people want new leaders for Europe

Europe 03/15/19, 08:07

Hungarians want strong new leaders for Europe and a "fresh start" to halt the continent's decline amid Muslim immigration, Hungary's populist prime minister said Friday as he looked ahead to May's European Parliament elections."We're the ones who want a strong Europe, strong nation-states and strong new leaders at Europe's fore," ...

Hungarian PM Orban apologizes for insulting EU allies

Europe 03/14/19, 11:10

Hungary's prime minister has apologized for calling some of his allies in the European Parliament "useful idiots," but continues to face demands that he and his right-wing Fidesz party be expelled from the political group.Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent apologetic letters to the leaders of 13 parties belonging to the ...

EU party leader says problems not solved after Orban meeting

Europe 03/12/19, 13:34

The leader of the main center-right group in the European Parliament met Tuesday with Hungary's prime minister, but said the talks had not resolved the issues that could lead to the expulsion of Hungary's Fidesz party from the bloc.Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party faction, said that while ...

Hungary’s Orban to host EU group leader over possible ouster

Europe 03/11/19, 07:36

Hungary's prime minister will host the leader of the main center-right faction in the European Parliament to discuss the Hungarian ruling party's possible ouster from the group.Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said Monday that the meeting with Manfred Weber will take place Tuesday in Budapest.Several smaller members of the European ...

Thailand pulls out of 2020 Olympic weightlifting over doping

Sports 03/08/19, 05:18

Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is precarious.The self-imposed ban also means Thailand will still stage the world championships in Pattaya in September but with no home competitors, the ...

Hungary’s governing party wants to stay with EU center-right

Europe 03/07/19, 10:38

Hungary's governing Fidesz party said Thursday it wants to remain in the main center-right group in the European Parliament, even as several members of the European People's Party are seeking its suspension or ouster from the group.Fidesz vice chairman Gergely Gulyas said that a government-sponsored ad campaign criticizing EU leaders ...

Hungarian judge OKs extradition of Portuguese hacker

Soccer 03/05/19, 10:22

A Portuguese man linked to the publication of internal documents that embarrassed top European clubs and soccer officials in the Football Leaks case will be extradited to his home country, a Hungarian court ruled Tuesday.Rui Pinto is wanted in his native Portugal for attempted extortion, illegal access to data and ...

Update: Mixed response, audience to Macron pro-EU plea

Europe 03/05/19, 06:25

The Latest on the French president's column (all times local):12:20 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron's plea for a stronger European Union went out to publications "of record" in 28 nations, but didn't always get prime placement.In Hungary, whose President Viktor Orban has been a frequent target of Macron, it was published ...

Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’

Europe 03/03/19, 08:22

Hungary's populist prime minister says members of a European Parliament group calling for his party's expulsion are playing into the hands of left-wing opponents.Viktor Orban's comments to Germany's Welt newspaper Sunday come after calls within the center-right European People's Party for his Fidesz party's ouster after his government started an ...

Poland open to meeting with Israel after Holocaust spat

Europe 02/27/19, 06:58

Poland's foreign minister says his country is open to a meeting with Israel also involving other countries from central Europe, after it pulled out of a similar meeting last week.Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Wednesday after talks with his Hungarian counterpart in Budapest that there are "no obstacles" to the ...

Hungary stepping up campaign against EU leaders on migration

Europe 02/26/19, 10:38

The Hungarian government on Tuesday stepped up its campaign against the leadership of the European Union, repeating its accusations that the EU seeks to promote mass immigration into the continent.Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said citizens would receive a letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orban explaining what he casts as the ...

EU, Arab leaders vow to boost security, migration ties

World 02/24/19, 12:57

Leaders from European Union and Arab League countries pledged Sunday to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and to tackle unauthorized migration at a first-ever summit high in symbolism but likely to yield few concrete results.Under tight security at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian President ...

Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat

Europe 02/21/19, 08:11

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants.Merkel said Thursday: "Jean-Claude Juncker has my full solidarity, ...

EU official criticizes Hungary PM Orban for campaign posters

World 02/19/19, 13:51

A top European Union official criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday for election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants.Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said when it comes to spinning the truth in political campaigning "this is ...

Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

Europe 02/12/19, 13:29

Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom.Several thousand people formed a human chain around the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, urging the academy's leaders to fight the government plan and hold onto their ...

European expert: Hungary backslides on women, refugee rights

Europe 02/11/19, 09:26

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner says Hungary is facing "many interconnected human rights challenges," including legislation targeting civic groups, backsliding on women's rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers.Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who made a five-day visit to Hungary last week, also expressed concerns on Monday about the independence ...

Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

Politics 02/11/19, 07:34

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Hungary on the first leg of a five-nation European tour during which he will raise concerns about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe. Pompeo was meeting in Budapest on Monday with Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other senior officials ...

China, Russia concerns top Pompeo agenda in Central Europe

Europe 02/10/19, 11:57

U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's (pahm-PAY'-ohz) agenda as he heads to the region.American officials say Pompeo will raise those concerns in Hungary and Slovakia during visits there Monday and Tuesday. The officials say he'll press leaders on ...

Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption

Europe 02/10/19, 11:02

Hungary's anti-immigration prime minister says the government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children.The measures announced Sunday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary's population decline.They include ...

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