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'Teflon Mark' Rutte set to bring consensus-building skills from Dutch politics as next NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition partners. Now he's on track to bring the experience of leading four Dutch multiparty governments to the...

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

Jun. 18, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine. ...

For Trump it's MAGA, but Hungary's Orbán is going MEGA at the European Union's helm for six months

Jun. 18, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary’s populist government announced on Tuesday that its upcoming presidency of the European Union will be held under the motto “Make Europe Great Again,” but played down any parallels with Donald Trump’s MAGA movement in the United States. “This is a...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

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...

What the far-right victories in the European Union could say about US elections this year

Jun. 11, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

The just-concluded European Union elections were yet another milestone for far-right parties on the continent. They racked up gains across many of the EU’s 27 countries, and the surprising scale of their victories is rattling the political establishment there and drawing attention in the United...

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...

Here's what happened in some key countries in the EU Parliament elections

Jun. 09, 2024 20:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the EU elections. Voters cast ballots in two dozen languages in 27 countries with scores of different campaign issues. So here’s a look at what happened in some key countries in the June 6-9 elections for a new European...

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...