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Orban's party suffers major losses in Hungary's local votes

Oct. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Prime Minister Viktor Orban's dominant right-wing Fidesz party suffered large losses in Sunday's local elections in Hungary. Opposition candidates won the mayoral race in Budapest, the capital, and were also projected to win in 10 of the country's 23 largest cities. In 2014, the...

The Latest: Hungary opposition parties win big in Budapest

Oct. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Hungary (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The candidate backed by several opposition parties has been elected mayor of Budapest, defeating the incumbent supported by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party. With 74% of the votes counted in Budapest,...

Sex tapes, scandals in Hungary's local election campaign

Oct. 11, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The campaign in Hungary for Sunday's nationwide municipal elections has seen one outrageous event after another: Candidates have been caught on secret sex tapes or alleged to be using drugs; one opposition candidate's poster has been smeared with feces and a pro-government activist...

Hungary, Romania nominees rejected for EU top jobs again

Sep. 30, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers flexed their political muscle Monday, rejecting for a second time Hungary and Romania's nominees for two of the bloc's top posts amid concerns over possible conflicts of interest. The EU parliament's legal committee refused last week to recommend that Rovana Plumb...

Finnish PM: EU members agree on budget link to rule of law

Sep. 29, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw. Antti...

Hungary's Orban points to EU 'enlargement fatigue'

Sep. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that Western countries in the European Union are suffering from "enlargement fatigue" and using newer members as a scapegoat for their problems. "Those in the West are exhausted from enlargement," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio,...

Central Europe happy with roles in new EU commission

Sep. 12, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The prime ministers of four Central European countries say they are satisfied with the role of their countries' representatives in the European Union's powerful executive arm. The premiers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia that form an informal grouping known as Visegrad...

Hungary touts family policies as alternative to immigration

Sep. 5, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that economic incentives for families, not immigration, are the answer to low birth rates and a decreasing population. Speaking at a government-organized conference on demography, Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said that an upturn in...

Placido Domingo concert opening sports complex in Hungary

Aug. 28, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

SZEGED, Hungary (AP) — Placido Domingo received a warm reception Wednesday at a concert in Hungary to inaugurate a new soccer stadium for a Catholic diocese, the second of the opera star's European engagements since he was accused of sexual harassment in an Associated Press report. Domingo, who shared the...

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...