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Tens of thousands in Orban rally in Hungary capital Budapest

Oct. 23, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing government marched in Budapest on Saturday in a demonstration of unity behind the populist leader's contentious policies that have led to challenges to his power both in...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

Small-town mayor to lead Hungary opposition bloc in election

Oct. 17, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Independent conservative Peter Marki-Zay won a primary contest Sunday to become the joint candidate of a six-party opposition coalition that will challenge right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary's elections next spring. The...

Romanian doctors issue 'cry of despair' amid virus surge

Oct. 13, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian doctors sent an open letter Wednesday titled “a cry of despair” as the country's overwhelmed and deteriorated health care system copes with a record-setting surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. The College of Physicians of...

Two Orban challengers face off in Hungary primary race

Oct. 10, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Opposition voters in Hungary on Sunday will have the chance to cast their ballots in a primary to decide between two politicians with different platforms but one important thing in common: they each want to bring an end to the 12-year rule of right-wing populist...

Hungary: Budapest mayor pulls out of opposition primary race

Oct. 08, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The mayor of Hungary's capital on Friday announced he would withdraw from a primary contest which will choose a joint opposition nominee to challenge right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, ending his candidacy in a race in which he was once considered the...

Hungary: EU delegation raises questions about spyware use

Oct. 01, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A lack of answers from Hungary's government about alleged spying on journalists, politicians and business figures has raised questions for a fact-finding committee of the European Union's legislature on whether the government itself may be behind the surveillance. ...

Hungarian LGBT activist among Time's 100 most influential

Oct. 01, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An academic and LGBT activist in Hungary is among the word's 100 most influential people, according to Time magazine, for her work on a children's book that set in motion a debate over human rights in the Central European country. “It’s an...

Three candidates advance in Hungary's first national primary

Oct. 01, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Three candidates aiming to unseat Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban in elections next spring have cleared the first round of a countrywide opposition primary contest that was the first in the Central European nation's history. ...

Ukraine, Hungary summon ambassadors over Russian gas deal

Sep. 28, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A diplomatic conflict between Hungary and Ukraine deepened on Tuesday when the two countries summoned each others' ambassadors over Budapest's decision to sign a long-term contract to purchase Russian gas, something Ukraine considers a blow to its economic and...