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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...

Hungary's Orban sees 'more meaningful' EU migration debates

Aug. 1, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister expects "more meaningful" debates on migration in the European Union after a "successful" meeting in Brussels. Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday described European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen as a "serious lady" who has "serious...

Hungary's Orban critical of EU leaders on migration, economy

Jul. 27, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Saturday that the European Union has made "grave mistakes" in the past five years regarding immigration and the economy. The European Commission needs to allow a council of EU interior ministers to decide migration issues, comparing their role to the...

Hungary to hold nationwide municipal elections on Oct. 13

Jul. 26, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president says municipal elections will be held nationwide on Oct. 13. President Janos Ader urged citizens on Friday to vote in Hungary's eighth elections for mayors and council members since the country's return to democracy in 1990. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz...

The Rush Limbaugh of Brazil lives in rural Virginia

Jul. 20, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — Thousands crowded onto the busiest streets of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, clad in the green and gold of the Brazilian flag, many chanting a slogan at the core of the nation's sudden shift to the right. "Olavo is right!" they yelled, in Portuguese. "Olavo is right!" More than 4,600...

UN expert critical of Hungary's treatment of asylum-seekers

Jul. 17, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary should not allow security concerns to override the human rights of migrants, a U.N. migration expert said Wednesday. Felipe Gonzalez Morales, the U.N. special rapporteur on migrant rights, said that Hungarian authorities should move families with children who are awaiting a...

Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader

Jul. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country's greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election...

Hungary's president OKs govt takeover of research

Jul. 12, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has signed a bill paving the way for the government to take control of academic research, a move that researchers see as a threat to scholarly freedom. President Janos Ader gave his approval Friday to the law, which strips the Academy of Sciences, a partially...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

Deals made at secretive EU summit deliver top job nominees

Jul. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, the European Union's top jobs jamboree had a familiar old-time ring to it. Instead of embracing a transparent future, leaders of the 28 EU nations repeated the past as they retreated behind closed doors to divvy up a half-dozen jobs for politicians who will be the public faces...