Hungary exempts pro-govt media firm from competition rules

Europe 12/05/18, 14:23

The creation in Hungary of a giant, pro-government media conglomerate will not have to be scrutinized by media or competition authorities.An order signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and published Wednesday in the official bulletin calls the merger affecting hundreds of broadcast, online and print publications of "national strategic importance ...

Soros-backed university in Hungary moves programs to Vienna

Europe 12/03/18, 13:08

Central European University said Monday it will move its U.S.-accredited degree programs from the Hungarian capital of Budapest to Vienna next September, as Hungary's government is refusing to sign an agreement allowing it to stay.CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff said Monday that the university "has been forced out" of ...

Hungarian lawmaker quits after leak of anti-Semitic comments

Europe 12/03/18, 09:40

A lawmaker with Hungary's nationalistic Jobbik party says he is resigning his seat in parliament after the leak of a recording on which he could be heard making anti-Semitic comments.Istvan Szavay of the Jobbik party has denied hitting or hurting a Jewish woman, saying his boasts about it heard on ...

Hungary launches mobile billboard to counter criticism

Europe 11/29/18, 07:47

Hungary's government is using a mobile billboard to defend itself against criticism of Prime Minister Victor Orban's anti-immigration policies.Earlier this month Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE faction of the European Parliament, used a billboard mounted on a truck in Brussels to depict Orban as someone seeking to destroy ...

Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary

Europe 11/28/18, 11:14

The owners of a vast majority of Hungary's pro-government media outlets are donating their companies to a foundation, creating a huge right-wing media conglomerate.The Central European Press and Media Foundation's assets will include cable news channels, internet news portals, tabloid and sports newspapers and all of Hungary's county newspapers and ...

Orban says Hungary to evaluate Gruevski extradition request

Europe 11/23/18, 06:10

Hungary's prime minister says authorities will evaluate and give an opinion on the extradition request made by Macedonia for its fugitive former prime minister who has been given asylum in Hungary.In this picture taken May 12, 2011, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, left, talks to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, ...

Merkel says UN migrants pact is in Germany’s interest

World 11/21/18, 04:40

Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's in Germany's interest to support a U.N. agreement on migration that countries such as the United States, Hungary and Poland have rejected.Merkel told lawmakers Wednesday that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration would ensure many of the conditions that already exist in ...

Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM says granted asylum in Hungary

Europe 11/20/18, 17:46

Macedonia's fugitive former prime minister said Tuesday he has been granted political asylum in Hungary, a week after he fled his country to avoid serving a two-year jail sentence for a corruption conviction.Nikola Gruevski, prime minister from 2006 to 2016, is considered a close ally of right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister ...

Macedonia formally demands return of fugitive ex-premier

Europe 11/19/18, 13:42

Macedonia's Foreign Ministry has summoned Hungary's ambassador to formally demand that the government in Budapest reject an asylum application by fugitive former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.The 48-year-old politician fled Macedonia and traveled to the Hungarian capital last week after police tried to arrest him to serve a two-year prison sentence ...

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Europe 11/13/18, 13:49

Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The Interior Ministry responded nearly five hours after Gruevski announced he was in Budapest in a Facebook ...

US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies

Europe 11/13/18, 11:55

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia.Perry said Tuesday in Hungary that Russia needs to be prevented from using "energy as a coercive weapon," like when it sometimes temporarily cuts winter gas supplies affecting mostly eastern Europe.Hungarian Minister ...

From first shot to silence of peace: Timeline of World War I

World 11/11/18, 05:37

Unleashed by an archduke's assassination, World War I gradually entangled more and more countries, killing millions of soldiers and civilians and touching multiple continents.As the world marks 100 years since the fighting stopped, here is a look at some key moments in WWI:1914June 28: Serb teenager Gavrilo Princip kills Austrian ...

From first shot to silence of peace: Timeline of World War I

Europe 11/09/18, 13:25

Unleashed by an archduke's assassination, World War I gradually entangled more and more countries, killing scores of soldiers and civilians before touching multiple continents.As the world marks 100 years since the fighting stopped, here is a look at some key moments in WWI:1914June 28: Serb teenager Gavrilo Princip kills Austrian ...

EU center-right plots strategy ahead of key election

World 11/07/18, 04:56

Center-right leaders and senior politicians from across Europe are gathering to plot their strategy to win the next EU elections, and must decide whether Hungary's stridently nationalist ruling party should remain part of their political family.Over two days in Finland starting Wednesday, heavyweights from the European People's Party — the ...

Austria says it won’t sign UN global migration pact

Europe 10/31/18, 04:57

The Austrian government said Wednesday that it won't sign a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration, citing concerns about national sovereignty as it joined neighboring Hungary in shunning the agreement. Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz took office last December in a coalition with the nationalist, anti-migration Freedom Party. Austria currently ...

Soros-backed university in Hungary partly moving to Vienna

Europe 10/25/18, 04:22

Central European University said Thursday it will move its U.S.-accredited programs of Soros from Hungary's capital of Budapest to the Austrian capital of Vienna because of uncertainty over its academic freedom. The university, which was founded in 1991 by Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, has said for months that it ...

Hungary’s Orban says EU elections are decisive for migration

Europe 10/23/18, 11:33

Hungary's prime minister has repeated his claims that the leadership of the European Union wants to create a "European empire" which would subjugate the continent's nation-states.Viktor Orban, speaking Tuesday during commemorations of a brief 1956 anti-Soviet revolution, called on voters to reject globalism and support "the culture of patriotism" in ...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Europe 10/14/18, 15:26

A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog.The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who receive four warnings within 90 days include ...

Hungary’s Orban says EU ‘insincere’ with Turkey on accession

Europe 10/08/18, 13:16

Hungary's prime minister says the European Union is being "insincere" with Turkey on its efforts to join the bloc.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, chats with Hungarian President Janos Ader as he steps out on the terrace of the presidential Alexander Palace in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Erdogan ...

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