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Italian activist freed from Hungary returns home after being elected to European Parliament

Jun. 15, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian anti-fascist activist Ilaria Salis returned to her parents’ house in the northern Italian city of Monza on Saturday evening, after being freed from house arrest in Budapest the day before. “A nightmare is over,” her father Roberto Salis told journalists...

An Italian activist elected to European Parliament has been freed in Hungary, will return home soon

Jun. 14, 2024 12:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian anti-fascist activist was released from house arrest in Hungary on Friday after being elected as a new member of the European Parliament for the Italian Green and Left Alliance, the party’s leaders said. Local police in Budapest removed Ilaria Salis’...

Top EU court fines Hungary $216 million for flouting asylum law

Jun. 13, 2024 08:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ordered Hungary to pay a fine of 200 million euros ($216 million) on Thursday for persistently breaking the bloc’s asylum rules despite a previous European Court of Justice ruling, plus an additional 1 million euros for every day it fails to...

Hungary agrees not to veto NATO support to Ukraine as long as it's not forced to help out

Jun. 12, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary agreed on Wednesday not to veto NATO support for Ukraine but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán insisted that his government would provide neither funds nor military personnel for any joint assistance effort. At a summit in Washington next month, U.S. President...

More global confidence in Biden than Trump even as views of US democracy decline, poll finds

Jun. 11, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

People in 34 countries around the world have more confidence in President Joe Biden than his challenger in November's election, former President Donald Trump, even as there is increased skepticism that United States democracy provides a good model for the rest of the world to follow, according to a...

The far right made big gains in European elections. What's next, and why does it matter?

Jun. 10, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For decades, the European Union — which has its roots in the defeat of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy — confined the nationalist far right to the political fringes. With a strong showing in elections Sunday, far-right forces could now influence or block joint...

Hungary's Orbán shows weakest performance in EU elections in 20 years, opening path to pro-EU rival

Jun. 10, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The day after Hungarians voted in the European Parliament elections, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government declared a big win, but missing from the victory speeches was an acknowledgement that it was his party's worst performance in an EU election since Hungary joined...

Slovakia public broadcaster employees hold 3-hour walkout over government overhaul plans

Jun. 10, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Employees of Slovakia’s public radio and television broadcaster staged a three-hour walkout on Monday to protest a contentious overhaul of their services, a move that critics say would result in the government taking full control of the media. The...

Orbán's party takes most votes in Hungary's EU election, but new challenger scores big win

Jun. 09, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s nationalist party took the most votes in Sunday’s European Parliament elections but sharply underperformed its past dominance in a race that pitted the long-serving leader against a new challenger that has upended Orbán’s...

Trump's attacks on US justice system after his conviction could be used by autocrats, say experts

Jun. 02, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

After his historic guilty verdict in his hush money case, Donald Trump attacked the U.S. criminal justice system, making unfounded claims of a “rigged” trial that echoed remarks from the Kremlin. “If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone,” Trump said Friday,...