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Hungary's Orban: Ukraine's backers have 'drifted' into war

Jan. 27, 2023 05:33 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Western countries that are providing weapons and money to assist Ukraine in its war with Russia have already “drifted” into becoming active participants in the conflict, Hungary's prime minister said on Friday. In an interview with Hungarian state...

Hungary to host conservative conference for 2nd time

Jan. 25, 2023 05:09 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — For the second year running, Hungary will host a conference in May of mainly U.S. and European conservatives as its right-wing populist government, largely isolated in Europe, seeks allies with like-minded movements further afield. The American...

EU lawmakers seek probe of bloc's enlargement commissioner

Jan. 18, 2023 11:28 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union lawmakers called Wednesday for an investigation into a senior member of the bloc’s executive branch amid concern that he might be showing too much favoritism toward Serbia’s pro-Russian president. Oliver Varhelyi — a Hungarian citizen...

Czech ex-PM Babis favorite in presidential vote's 1st round

Jan. 12, 2023 03:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Populist billionaire Andrej Babis leads a field of eight candidates hoping to succeed Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial but prestigious post of the Czech president. Babis, a former prime minister, was recently acquitted in a fraud trial, boosting his chances of...

Hungary's Orban wants to 'drain the swamp' in European Union

Dec. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister thinks it's time to “drain the swamp” in the European Union, he said on Wednesday, something he imagines could lead all the way to dissolving the bloc's legislature. In an annual international news conference in Budapest,...

Hungary expects to sign EU funding agreement within days

Dec. 13, 2022 05:59 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government expects to sign an agreement within days that will bring it closer to accessing billions in European Union funding suspended over concerns of corruption and democratic erosion in the Central European country. Tibor Navracsics,...

EU reaches deal on Ukraine aid, tax on big corporations

Dec. 12, 2022 18:45 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a deal in principle to send an 18 billion euro ($18.93 billion) financial aid package to Ukraine and approve a minimum tax on major corporations in a big move that narrowed a rift between the bloc and recalcitrant member Hungary. The 27...

Hungary, Romania to sign electricity deal with Azerbaijan

Dec. 12, 2022 05:18 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan plan to meet in Romania's capital Saturday to conclude an agreement on an undersea electricity connector that could become a new power source for the European Union amid a crunch on energy supplies caused by the war...

Hungary blocks EU Ukraine aid, deepening rift with Brussels

Dec. 06, 2022 12:10 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A rift between the European Union and recalcitrant member Hungary deepened Tuesday when Budapest vetoed an 18 billion euro ($18.93 billion) financial aid package to Kyiv, leaving the other 26 nations to scramble to keep the money supply going. Hungary's defiant...

Orban says Hungary will stick to veto of EU-Ukraine aid plan

Dec. 02, 2022 06:14 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that he will continue to oppose a European Union plan to provide an 18-billion-euro ($19-billion) aid package to Ukraine in 2023, a position that promises sustained tensions as the bloc and the nationalist Hungarian government wrangle...