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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...

The Netherlands veers sharply to the right with a new government dominated by party of Geert Wilders

May. 16, 2024 04:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other party leaders agreed on a coalition deal early Thursday that veers the Netherlands toward the hard right, capping a half year of tumultuous negotiations that still left it unclear who would become prime minister. ...

Italian anti-fascist activist jailed in Hungary to be moved to house arrest in Budapest

May. 15, 2024 13:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Hungarian court of appeal on Wednesday upheld a request from an Italian anti-fascist activist to be moved from jail to house arrest in Budapest as she awaits trial, authorities said. The court approved Ilaria Salis’ request upon payment of a bail of about 40,000...

Hungary will vote against U.N. resolution commemorating the 1995 genocide in Bosnia, minister says

May. 15, 2024 09:28 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will vote against a United Nations resolution commemorating the 1995 genocide of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, arguing that it would inflame tensions in the Balkan country and the surrounding region. Péter...

Slovakia plans to build a new nuclear reactor

May. 15, 2024 06:54 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government approved a plan on Wednesday to build another nuclear reactor in a country that relies heavily on nuclear electricity generation. The new reactor, with an expected output of 1,200 megawatts, is to be built at the Jaslovske...

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. ...

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...