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 ...

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 ...

EU center-right group faces decision on Orban’s party

Europe 03/05/19, 03:57

The head of the European Parliament's main center-right group says he has received enough letters seeking the expulsion of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party to put the matter to a decision.Orban has been strongly identified for years with anti-migrant rhetoric. In recent weeks, he angered many in the European ...

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 ...

Belgian, Luxembourg want Orban out of EU group

Europe 03/01/19, 05:06

The Christian Democrat parties from Belgium and Luxembourg want to kick Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban out of their European Union EPP umbrella group in a move that could impact European elections in May.The Luxembourg and two Belgian member parties wrote to the presidency asking for Orban's Fidesz to be ...

EU Commission rebuts Orban’s accusations over migration

Europe 02/28/19, 06:36

The European Commission has issued a formal rebuttal to accusations by the Hungarian government that the EU is promoting mass migration.EU spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Thursday that "the Hungarian government campaign distorts the truth and seeks to paint a dark picture of a secret plot to drive more migration to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Israeli leader hosts east European PMs after summit scrapped

Europe 02/19/19, 03:30

Israel's prime minister is meeting with his Slovakian counterpart in a first set of sit-downs with Eastern European leaders after a high-profile summit was cancelled over a rift with Poland.Benjamin Netanyahu was hosting Peter Pellegrini on Tuesday in Jerusalem and was also to meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hungarian-American film producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

Entertainment 01/20/19, 12:26

Andy Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several "Rambo" films with Sylvester Stallone as well as Madonna's "Evita," has died. He was 74.Vajna, who produced many other films, died Sunday at his Budapest home after a long illness, Hungary's National Film Fund said.Vajna was also owner of the ...

Hungary’s Orban wants anti-migration forces to prevail in EU

Europe 01/10/19, 08:29

Hungary's prime minister says his country's objective for the upcoming European Parliament elections is for "anti-immigration forces" to become a majority in all European Union institutions, including Parliament and the EU's executive Commission.Viktor Orban also said that he had "great hopes" for cooperation between Italy and Poland, both of which ...

Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law

Europe 01/05/19, 14:57

Union leaders in Hungary called on Saturday for a national strike and protests on Jan. 19 to oppose labor code changes they see as a "slave law" harmful to workers.A crowd of at least 10,000 people gathered outside the Hungarian parliament building to protest a law approved in December that ...

Protesters in Hungary reject Orban’s nationalist government

Europe 12/21/18, 15:22

Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests in Budapest sparked by labor reforms but also rooted in discontent with the government's limits on academic freedom, corruption and other issues.The satiric Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party hosted a downtown march Friday evening in the Hungarian capital with speeches, chants and ...

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