Link between Italy’s Salvini and Hungary’s Orban downplayed

Europe 05/30/19, 09:59

A top aide to Hungary's prime minister says he sees only a "slight possibility" that Viktor Orban's Fidesz Party will link up with Italy's Matteo Salvini in a coalition in the European Parliament.Gergely Gulyas, Orban's chief of staff, said Thursday that while they "naturally respect" Salvini and the Italian government, ...

No time to chicken out: Hungary’s opposition gets creative

Europe 05/22/19, 09:02

Selling yourself in five minutes can be tough. But that's all Hungary's opposition parties have been given on state media to promote their visions for Sunday's European Parliament election. Undeterred, they've come up with novel and creative ways Two campaign billboards, top left and bottom right, from the ruling Fidesz party that read: ...

Update: Trump threatens more action in China trade fight

Business 05/13/19, 18:35

The Latest on the tariffs battle between China and the United States (all times local): 2:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's going to take further action to help the nation's farmers in the midst of an escalating trade war with China. In this May 9, 2019, photo a General Electric washing machine ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bannon predicts ‘stunning victory’ for European populists

Politics 03/21/19, 15:13

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is predicting a "stunning victory" for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in two months but says they can do it without his help. Bannon has been trying to form a movement uniting populist and nationalist voters across Europe ahead of the May ...

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 ...

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," ...

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