BRUSSELS (AP) — The main center-right alliance in the European Union's parliament refrained from expelling Hungary's ruling party Wednesday, opting instead to suspend Fidesz following a long...
The Latest: EU Parliament bloc suspends Hungary’s Fidesz
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between the European Parliament's center-right EPP alliance and its Hungary's Fidesz party (all times local):
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
Hungarian PM says his people want new leaders for Europe
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
Hungarian PM Orban apologizes for insulting EU allies
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday he would seek to form an alliance with Poland's populist ruling party if his governing Fidesz party is ousted from the main...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The party of Hungary's prime minister says it "cannot yield" to conditions set for it to remain in the main center-right group in the European Parliament.
BERLIN (AP) — The European Parliament's main center-right group will discuss later this month whether Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party should remain a member, amid anger over the...
BERLIN (AP) — Hungary's populist prime minister described members of a European Union political group who want his party expelled as "useful idiots," saying in an interview published Sunday they...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was facing a groundswell of revolt Friday from allied center-right parties that want to kick him out of their European Parliament group less...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Conflicts in Hungary's judicial system endanger its credibility and impartiality, the head of an international corruption watchdog said Friday.
EU Commission rebuts Orban’s accusations over migration
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has issued a formal rebuttal to accusations by the Hungarian government that the EU is promoting mass migration.
Hungary’s Orban says EU didn’t learn from terror attacks
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government has expanded its new public campaign accusing European Union leaders of promoting mass migration, sending citizens a letter from the prime...
EU Parliament election could upend politics across Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was so stupefied after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attacked his migration policies that he publicly muttered "I cannot believe...
Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging...
EU official criticizes Hungary PM Orban for campaign posters
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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...
Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem...
Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 independence.
Rights expert: Hungary backsliding on women, refugee rights
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary is facing "many interconnected human rights challenges," including laws targeting civic groups, backsliding on women's rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers, the Council of Europe's human rights chief said Monday.
Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who visited Hungary last week, also expressed concerns about the independence of Hungary's media and judiciary.
Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday.
The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary's population decline.
Fines may force Hungary’s nationalistic Jobbik party to fold
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The head of Hungary's nationalistic Jobbik party says fines of nearly 1 billion forints ($3.6 million) meted out by the state audit office for alleged financial irregularities may force the party to shut down.
Tamas Sneider said Friday that Jobbik will hold an extraordinary party congress within the next few to debate the situation.
He says it's clear Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party "wants to put an end to Jobbik."
Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 allows employers to request up to 400 hours of overtime a year from employees.
Protesters in Hungary reject Orban’s nationalist government
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of people marched in anti-government protests Friday in Budapest, upset over labor law changes, increasing corruption and limits on academic freedom under Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist government.
The protests, which started last week, have given the country's fragmented opposition a chance to work together as they challenge Orban, who has led the country with increasing powers since 2010.
Hungary protests give opposition a chance to work together
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Recent protests in Hungary have given the fragmented opposition a real opportunity to work together as they challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has led his country with increasing powers since 2010.
The protests, which started last week in the wake of new labor rules, incorporated an array of grievances on issues like limits on the free press and increasing corruption. Another rally is to be held Friday evening in Budapest.
Hungary protests give opposition a chance to work together
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 limits on the free press and increasing corruption.
Another rally is to be held Friday evening in Budapest.
Hungary*s president signs into law disputed new labor rules
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 standards. It doesn't put workers* rights at risk, he added.
Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Lawmakers from all opposition parties took to a temporary podium to declare they would continue protests until they are allowed to read out their demands on state television.
EU’s Juncker lashes Hungary’s Orban over fake news
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at the leader of Hungary on Friday for spreading fake news, after EU leaders called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation in time for European elections in five months.
Hungary: Anti-govt protesters confront police at Parliament
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A few thousand anti-government protesters confronted police Thursday night outside Hungary's Parliament, temporarily retreating when officers used pepper spray and tear gas to drive them back.
Hungary creates new court system under government control
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration, giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government close control over what will become a crucial part of the judiciary.
Hungarian unions protest plan to relax labor ‘slave law’
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 German car companies whose factories help drive Hungary's economic growth — and to allow workers looking to earn more to work longer hours.
Hungary exempts pro-govt media firm from competition rules
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 in the public interest," exempting it from competition rules.
Hungarian lawmaker quits after leak of anti-Semitic comments
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 the recording reportedly made in May were "shameful and humiliating jokes."
Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The owners of a vast majority of Hungary's pro-government media outlets said Wednesday they are donating their companies to a foundation, creating a huge right-wing media conglomerate.
The Latest: Hungarian leader: ‘gloomy Sunday’ due to Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit deal (all times local):
Hungary's prime minister says it's a "gloomy Sunday" because of the Brexit agreement between Britain and the European Union.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state TV that "no matter how well a divorce is organized, it remains a divorce."
Orban said the EU leadership bore responsibility for Brexit, adding that if Britain, a rich country, had remained in the EU, Hungary would have received more EU funds in the future.
Slovenia right-wing politician gets 3-month suspended jail
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A court in Slovenia has slapped a three-month suspended jail sentence on the country's main right-wing politician for insulting two female journalists.
The court in the central town of Celje said Friday that the leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Jansa, also must pay the costs of the proceedings stemming from the 2016 incident.
Orban says Hungary to evaluate Gruevski extradition request
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian 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, the Hungarian prime minister said Friday.
Viktor Orban said on state radio that Nikola Gruevski, who fled Macedonia last week to avoid serving a two-year prison term for corruption, is an ally of Hungary who deserves fair treatment.
Macedonia files new charges against fugitive ex-premier
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian special prosecutor has filed additional criminal charges against the country's former prime minister, who has fled to Hungary seeking political asylum.
The charges brought Thursday against Nikola Gruevski are for alleged unlawful funding of his conservative VMRO-DPMNE party and abuse of power during construction of the party headquarters in the capital, Skopje.
Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM says granted asylum in Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — 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 Viktor Orban, although the government has insisted that the asylum request is purely a legal matter, not a political one.
Macedonia formally demands return of fugitive ex-premier
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — 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.
Fugitive Macedonian ex-PM ‘passed through’ Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A former prime minister who fled Macedonia while facing prison for a corruption conviction entered Montenegro from Albania on Sunday but left the same day, Montenegro's police said Friday.
Nikola Gruevski passed through Montenegro on Nov. 11, when he wasn't the subject of arrest warrants or any kind of detention advisory, police said. An international warrant for Gruevski's arrest was issued two days later, and he now is in Hungary.
Kurtag’s first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut
MILAN (AP) — Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's long-awaited, first-ever opera was hailed as "astonishing" and "a masterpiece" as it made its debut Thursday at the famed La Scala opera house, winning eight minutes of applause.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was in the royal box for premiere of "Fin de Partie," which is based on the play by Samuel Beckett.
Albania police: Fugitive pol seen in Hungarian Embassy car
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government said Thursday it did not assist a fugitive politician leave Macedonia to avoid serving a prison sentence, while police in Albania said he was seen departing their country in a Hungarian Embassy vehicle.
If accurate, the information in a statement from Albanian police on Thursday shows part of the route former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski took from his homeland and through the Balkans to reach Hungary.
Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski, his bitter political rival.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said it considers Gruevski's asylum request "solely a legal issue" and views Macedonia as "an important ally."
Hungary says EU’s rule-of-law procedure deepens rift in bloc
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A senior Hungarian official says a European Union procedure launched against the country for allegedly undermining EU values and rule of law sharpens divisions between newer and older members of the bloc.
Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, said Friday that sanctions against Hungary under the procedure known as Article 7 would be "impossible."