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Hungary looks at Cyprus gas to diversity energy supply
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister says Cyprus' offshore gas deposits could become an alternative energy source for his country, which is seeking to diversify its natural gas supply beyond Russia in order to bolster its energy security.
Peter Szijjarto says Hungary "constantly seeks alternative solutions" and that his country considers as "realistic" the supply of gas from Cyprus' Aphrodite offshore deposit.
Hungary summons Swedish ambassador over migration criticism
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's Foreign Ministry says it summoned Sweden's ambassador after the Swedish foreign minister and other officials made critical comments about Hungary, including about its strong anti-immigration policies.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Thursday described the Swedish comments as "a new attack on Hungary by the pro-immigration Swedish government."
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Experts within the Council of Europe are asking Hungarian lawmakers to delay passage of a bill that would penalize people who assist refugees with up to a year in prison.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister said Friday that Europe remains threatened by unchecked immigration and must focus on stopping it, three years after the mass influx of about a million people.
Peter Szijjarto told The Associated Press that the European Union should screen asylum-seekers in camps created outside its own borders, which he said the bloc should be able to police more efficiently.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister has sent greetings to her country's ethnic Hungarians as they commemorated the 1848 revolution against Habsburg rule and demand more autonomy.
Premier Viorica Dancila said Thursday that: "Romania promotes the European notion 'unity in diversity' and supports the free expression of ethnic identities."
Peter Szijjarto, top Hungarian official, ties tax cuts to increased marriage, fertility rates
Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday said that in addition to associated economic benefits from his own country's recent tax reforms, Hungary's marriage and fertility rates have also increased since the initial changes were approved.
Minister Pter Szijjrt said that over the last eight years since lawmakers there started to pass a series of individual and corporate tax cuts marriages are up 40 percent and the fertility rate is up 17 percent.
Hungary irate over Romanian leader’s comments about autonomy
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government on Friday condemned provocative comments by Romania's prime minister about the autonomy efforts by Szeklers, a group of ethnic Hungarians in Romania.
Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said Wednesday on Realitatea TV that "if the Szekler flag flies on institutions there, they'll all fly next to the flag."
In Hungary, the comments were taken to mean that they should be hanged.
Chinese premier in Hungary for regional summit
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — China's premier has arrived in Hungary to participate in a summit with 16 countries from central and eastern Europe.
Li Keqiang was met by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban upon his arrival at Budapest's main airport on Sunday afternoon.
China's "new Silk Road" initiative of ports, railways and roads to expand trade across Asia, Africa and Europe is expected to be one of the themes of the "16+1" summit.
Hungary accuses US of meddling by funding ‘objective’ media
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister on Wednesday accused the United States government of meddling in his country's internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by offering to fund "objective media in Hungary."
The U.S. has expressed concerns about "negative trends" for press freedom in Hungary, such as a dwindling number of independent news outlets and the increasing control people close to the government have in the media market.
Hungary threatens to boycott EU actions on Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary says it will "block and boycott" all attempts to draw Ukraine more deeply into the European Union unless Kiev changes a new education law that rolls back options for schools to teach lessons in languages other than Ukrainian.
Romanian minister: Ukraine will keep minority schools open
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ukraine has pledged not to close Romanian language schools under a new education law that has caused alarm in Romania, Russia and Hungary, Romania's foreign minister said Friday.
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said Ukraine had promised: "no Romanian school will be closed ... and no teachers in a Romanian school will be fired."
Melescanu said students would be educated in their native tongue and also learn Ukrainian language, literature, history and geography.
Hungary steps up pressure on Ukraine over new education law
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will ask the European Union to revise its association agreement with Ukraine, claiming the country's new language law limits the rights of minorities, the Hungarian foreign minister said Tuesday.
Peter Szijjarto said that increasing international pressure is the only way to get Ukraine to change the law, affecting some 150,000 ethnic Hungarians and other minorities, including Russians, Romanians and Moldovans.
Hungary says Ukraine’s new school law hurts minority rights
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Ukraine has "stabbed Hungary in the back" with a new education law that "drastically" limits the rights of ethnic minorities to study in their mother tongue, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday.
There are about 150,000 ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that he was appealing to the United Nations, the European Union and other international bodies to try to prevent the law from taking effect.
Putin visits Hungary for judo competition, energy talks
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Hungary for the second time this year on Monday, attending the World Judo Championships in Budapest and discussing mutual energy interests with his Hungarian counterpart.
Putin, who made an official trip to Hungary in February, sat in a VIP box at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other officials.
Hungary upset over Dutch criticism, recalls ambassador
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary is recalling its ambassador to the Netherlands and suspending high-level diplomatic ties in response to critical remarks by the Dutch ambassador about Hungary, the Hungarian foreign minister said Friday.
Peter Szijjarto said that Hungary's decision was "one of the most radical steps in diplomacy" and that it would ask the Dutch foreign ministry for its position on the statements of Ambassador Gajus Scheltema, published Thursday in Hungary by the 168 Ora magazine.
In Trump’s America, Hungary finds a friendlier partner
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hungary's government built a fence along its southern border, boasts about making Europe great again and says political correctness can't interfere with fighting terrorism.
Hungary FM: NATO ‘Could Do More’ Against IS
Hungary building 2nd border fence to stop migrants
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has begun building a second fence on its border with Serbia to stop migrants from freely entering the country, the government said Monday.
The government spokesman's office confirmed a report published in pro-government newspaper Magyar Idok.
Hungary built a barrier along the length of its borders with Serbia and Croatia in 2015. The government says the second fence is needed because it expects a surge of migrants to reach its borders this year.
Hungary says Russia sanctions fruitless, Putin visit timely
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union's economic sanctions against Russia have failed economically and politically because they have not achieved their objectives, Hungary's foreign minister said Friday.
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Hungary had lost some $6.5 billion in export opportunities to Russia and other countries partly because of the sanctions the EU imposed on Russia over the annexation of Crimea and its role in eastern Ukraine.
Hungarian official: Bus crash victim IDs could take days
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — It could take days to officially identify the 16 people killed when a bus carrying Hungarian students returning from a ski trip burst into a fireball after crashing in Italy, Hungary's foreign minister said Sunday.
There were 54 passengers and two Hungarian drivers on the bus that crashed on an Italian highway near Verona just before midnight Friday, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. Two adults hospitalized in critical condition also have yet to be identified.
Budapest mourns as 16 die in fiery bus crash on Italian road
VERONA, Italy (AP) — The Hungarian students had just finished a week of skiing in France when their bus swerved right, then left, then hit a highway barrier and burst into flames. Sixteen people were killed and over two dozen injured in a tragedy that sparked a national day of mourning in Hungary.
Hungary’s leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister urged the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests."
Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke Thursday during a visit to western Romania, home to a large Hungarian minority. He said Romania's government wasn't doing everything it could to help the 1.3 million local Hungarians who he said "do not always receive the respect they deserve."
Hungary says migration spreads terror
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Migratory policies around the world have failed, leading to the spread of terrorism, Hungary's foreign minister told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday.
Peter Szijjarto said the international community must make it clear that there is no excuse for violating the borders between two peaceful countries and do its best to keep migrants and refugees as close to their home countries as possible.