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EU Commission proposes blocking billions in funds to Hungary

Nov. 30, 2022 11:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch recommended Wednesday that billions of euros of EU funds allocated to Hungary remain frozen over its failure to implement solid rule-of-law reforms, a move highlighting the growing rift between the EU’s traditional Western democratic...

Sober or bright? Europe faces holidays during energy crunch

Nov. 26, 2022 13:28 PM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Early season merrymakers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations packed the Verona Christmas market for its inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still has not decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling...

Central European PMs stress shared ties amid friction on war

Nov. 24, 2022 12:09 PM EST

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — The leaders of four Central European countries meeting in a regional summit in Slovakia Thursday emphasized the issues that tie them together and downplayed divisive ones. The prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries — Poland, the Czech Republic,...

Hungary will not support EU aid plan to Ukraine, Orban says

Nov. 18, 2022 09:26 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will not support a European Union plan to provide Ukraine with billions in budget assistance next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday, digging in on his country's blocking of a major aid package the EU unveiled last week. Speaking at a...

Suspected people smugglers open fire at police in Hungary

Nov. 14, 2022 10:49 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Suspected people smugglers fired shots at Hungarian police from a van carrying migrants on Monday during and after a car chase that ended without injuries in the country's capital. Two men were taken into custody in Budapest by Hungary's counterterrorism...

Hungary's government sets price cap on eggs, potatoes.

Nov. 09, 2022 06:55 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Grocers in Hungary will be ordered to sell eggs and potatoes at prices no higher than they were at the end of September, a government minister announced Wednesday, part of an effort to ease the burden of skyrocketing prices in the Central European country. ...

China accused of using overseas bases to target dissidents

Oct. 27, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — China has reportedly established dozens of “overseas police stations” in nations around the world that activists fear could be used to track and harass dissidents as part of Beijing's crackdown on corruption. Information about the outposts...

Orban lashes out at EU as he marks 1956 anti-Soviet revolt

Oct. 23, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made veiled comparisons on Sunday between the Soviet troops that attacked Hungary during the 1956 revolution and the institutions of the European Union today. Marking the 66th anniversary of that crushed uprising, Orban...

Russian threats revive old nuclear fears in central Europe

Oct. 21, 2022 05:24 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two stories beneath a modern steel production plant on Warsaw's northern edge lies an untouched Cold War relic: a shelter containing gas masks, stretchers, first aid kits and other items meant to help civil defense leaders survive and guide rescue operations in case of...

Serb arrested in Hungary for alleged war crimes in Kosovo

Oct. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovar prosecutors’ office on Tuesday said an ethnic Serb accused of killing ethnic Albanians in 1999 was arrested in Hungary. A statement said the Serb man identified as S.S. was arrested in the Hungarian capital Budapest based on an international...