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Hungary's five-time Prime Minister Orbán is facing a new serious contender in upcoming EU elections

May. 27, 2024 03:17 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — About three months ago, a scandal rocked five-time nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party which prides itself on upholding family values and Christian conservatism. As party leaders attempted damage control after close Orbán allies,...

Hungary will seek to opt out of NATO efforts to support Ukraine, Orbán says

May. 24, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will seek to opt out of any NATO operations aimed at supporting Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday, suggesting that the military alliance and the European Union were moving toward a more direct conflict with Russia. Orbán told state...

Who is Robert Fico, the populist Slovak prime minister wounded in a shooting?

May. 16, 2024 11:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times after a political event Wednesday afternoon, an episode of violence that punctuated his decades-long career in politics. A hospital official where Fico was being treated said on Thursday that he was...

Slovakia’s prime minister is expected to survive assassination attempt, deputy says

May. 16, 2024 01:56 AM EDT

BANSKA BYSTRICA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times and gravely wounded Wednesday, but his deputy prime minister said he believed Fico would survive. The prime minister had been greeting supporters at an event when the attempted...

Xi's visit to Hungary and Serbia brings new Chinese investment and deeper ties to Europe's doorstep

May. 14, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Hungary last week, he arrived to one of the few places in the European Union where his country is considered an indispensable ally rather than a rival. By the time he left on Friday, he'd secured deals that provide fertile ground...

China's Xi leaves Hungary as he concludes a 5-day visit to Europe

May. 10, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping left Hungary on Friday, concluding a tour of three European nations meant to meant to reinforce China's growing influence on the continent. Xi's plane took off from Budapest airport on Friday evening, after five days in Europe...

Hungary and China sign strategic cooperation agreement during visit by Chinese President Xi

May. 09, 2024 22:08 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary and China signed a number of new agreements on Thursday to deepen their economic and cultural cooperation during a visit to the Central European country by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a trip meant to solidify China's economic footprint in the region. ...

Europe Day marks 1 month till EU elections. Rise of hard right, wilting of Green Deal are possible

May. 09, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union marks its annual Europe Day on Thursday, but instead of the humdrum celebrations, all eyes are on the EU elections in a month's time, which portend a steep rise of the extreme right and a possible move away from the bloc's global trendsetting climate policies. ...

China's Xi arrives in Hungary for talks on expanding Chinese investments

May. 08, 2024 15:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hungary late Wednesday, the final stop on his five-day European tour, where he's expected to finalize a number of agreements with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that will deepen China's economic footprint in the region. ...

Hungary and Serbia's autocratic leaders to roll out red carpet for China's Xi during Europe tour

May. 06, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping will spend most of his five-day tour in Europe this week in two small countries in the continent’s eastern half, a region that Beijing has used as a foothold for its expanding economic ambitions in Europe. Following a stop in...