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Hungary to buy air defense missiles from US for $1 billion

Aug. 12, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary signed a declaration of intent Wednesday to purchase air defense missiles from the United States for around $1 billion. The agreement was signed by Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko and David Cornstein, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary. The U.S. Embassy described the...

Demonstrators protesting against the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian news website Index.hu march in the streets of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 24, 2020.Dozens of journalists are resigning from Hungary's main news site because of the firing earlier this week of their editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members said Friday were leaving Index.hu because the dismissal of Szabolcs Dull endangers the website's professional independence and its future. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Dozens resign at Hungary's main news site after editor fired

Jul. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of journalists, including top editors, resigned Friday from Hungary’s main news site because of the firing earlier this week of Index.hu’s editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members, the vast majority of the newsroom, said they were leaving the...

FILE- In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban listens to a question during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia. Hungary's prime minister says that his country won a “very important battle” at the European Union summit this week, where national leaders of the 27-member bloc decided an seven-year budget and economic recovery package to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Hungarian PM claims EU win but rule-of-law dispute not over

Jul. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister on Friday touted what he called his victory at the European Union summit, where the bloc's leaders decided on a massive seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery plan, but acknowledged he did not achieve his goal of de-linking EU funds from rule of...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 20, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations stretch their meeting into a fourth day on Monday to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

Dutch 'Dr. Superstrict' Rutte influential in EU virus deal

Jul. 23, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte didn’t win many friends with his tough negotiating over the course of a marathon four-day European Union summit in Brussels. That didn’t bother the three-term leader who is a veteran of plenty of past EU negotiations. “We...

Chief editor of Hungary's main independent news site fired

Jul. 22, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The editor-in-chief of Hungary’s largest independent news site, Index.hu, was fired Wednesday, a move seen as further risking the publication's independence and journalistic integrity. Last month, Index moved its “ independence barometer ” to “in...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron prepare to address a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Weary European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU agrees on $2.1 trillion deal after marathon summit

Jul. 21, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a...

French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 20, 2020. Weary European Union leaders are expressing cautious optimism that a deal is in sight on their fourth day of wrangling over an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU nations clinch $2.1T budget, virus aid deal after 4 days

Jul. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented 1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest...

from left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen meet on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations meet face-to-face for a third day of an EU summit to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years estimated at some 1.75 trillion to 1.85 trillion euros. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts, Pool Photo via AP)

EU summit breaks up after all-night talks, to resume later

Jul. 20, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary and bleary European Union leaders temporarily broke up their summit at dawn on the fourth day of acrimonious haggling over an unprecedented 1.85 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund to tackle the crisis. They committed to pick up the fight again later...

European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, third right, French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations met face-to-face for a second day of an EU summit to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years estimated at some 1.75 trillion to 1.85 trillion euros. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

EU leaders extend summit as they haggle over budget, virus

Jul. 18, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Saturday extended their summit by an extra day in the hope they were finally closing in on a deal for an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund. A deal was still far off, but several key nations said negotiations...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, July 17, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations meet face-to-face on Friday for the first time since February, despite the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years estimated at some 1.75 trillion to 1.85 trillion euros. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders far from deal on budget and virus recovery fund

Jul. 17, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders headed into Saturday, the scheduled final day of their summit, about as far apart from reaching a deal on an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund as the seating distance imposed upon them for health reasons. The...