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EU prosecutors appoint delayed Slovenia nominees for 5 years

Nov. 24, 2021 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union body announced Wednesday that it has finally appointed two prosecutors from Slovenia, ending a months-long standoff with the small Alpine country’s right-wing government, but doubts remain over how long they will stay in the job. The...

Central European nations back Poland in migration dispute

Nov. 23, 2021 11:25 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of three Central European countries on Tuesday expressed their solidarity with Poland in an ongoing migration crisis on its eastern border with Belarus, and urged the European Union to increase its support for the protection of the bloc's external...

Hungary opposition leader vows to restore western alliances

Nov. 19, 2021 02:41 AM EST

HODMEZOVASARHELY, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's opposition leader wants to restore his country's frayed ties with the West — and also has a message for American fans of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. "Let me state very strongly for all Americans that to be a part...

Top EU court hits Hungary over 'Stop Soros' migrant law

Nov. 16, 2021 08:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that Hungary broke EU law by making it a criminal offense for people or organizations to help migrants and refugees apply for asylum, in a new legal blow to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government. ...

As virus surges in Eastern Europe, leaders slow to act

Nov. 14, 2021 02:42 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At the main hospital in Romania's capital, the morgue ran out of space for the dead in recent days, and doctors in Bulgaria have suspended routine surgeries so they can tend to a surge in COVID-19 patients. In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra...

EU calls for fines against Hungary over asylum policy

Nov. 12, 2021 09:20 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary could face fines from the European Union for failing to comply with a ruling by the bloc's top court on its treatment of refugees and handling of asylum claims. The European Commission, the 27-member bloc's executive arm, said in a...

EU values, laws under threat amid standoff at Belarus border

Nov. 11, 2021 08:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fears that the authoritarian leader of Belarus is using migrants and refugees as a “hybrid warfare” tactic to undermine the security of the European Union are putting new strains on some of the values and laws in the 27-nation bloc. The crisis at the...

Hungarian official: Government bought, used Pegasus spyware

Nov. 04, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A senior official in Hungary's governing party acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that the government purchased a powerful spyware tool, which was allegedly used to target journalists, businesspeople and an opposition politician. Lajos...

Central European nations seek South Korea train partnership

Nov. 04, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of four Central European nations met Thursday in Hungary’s capital, where they urged visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to consider investing in a rapid train line connecting Budapest and Poland's capital, Warsaw. ...

South Korea and Hungary commit to carbon neutrality by 2050

Nov. 03, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Hungary's president Wednesday in Budapest, where the two leaders committed to achieving carbon neutrality in their countries by 2050. At a news briefing following talks with Hungarian President Janos...