Hungary protests give opposition a chance to work together

Europe 12/21/18, 06:06

The recent protests in Hungary have given the fragmented opposition a real opportunity to work together as they challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has an overwhelming majority in parliament.The protests, which started last week in the wake of new labor rules, incorporated an array of grievances on issues like ...

Hungary*s president signs into law disputed new labor rules

Europe 12/20/18, 11:11

Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labor rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European ...

Hungary sees another day of anti-government protests

Europe 12/16/18, 14:43

Several thousand protesters marched through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws promoted by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers' rights and already have undermined democracy.The protesters chanted anti-government slogans and braved sub-zero temperatures Sunday while gathered in front of parliament, where speakers denounced revised overtime ...

Hungarian unions protest plan to relax labor ‘slave law’

Europe 12/08/18, 07:58

Hungarian trade unions on Saturday protested a government plan to raise workers' allowable overtime from 250 to 400 hours a year and the relaxing of other labor rules meant to offset Hungary's growing labor shortage.The government says labor flexibility is needed to satisfy investors' needs — like those of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Kurtag’s first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut

Europe 11/15/18, 17:46

Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's long-awaited, first-ever opera has made its world debut at the famed La Scala opera house, winning over Italian opera goers with eight minutes of applause.In this photo taken on Nov. 11, 2018, Frode Olsen performs during rehearsals of Gyoergy Kurtag's opera 'Fin de Partie' at the ...

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’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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