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Austria nixes mounted police plan, seeks new home for horses

Nov. 28, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s interim government has cancelled an ex-minister’s project to create a mounted police squad and is now figuring out what to do with the horses. The mounted police force in Vienna was a project pushed by Herbert Kickl, a member of the far-right Freedom Party, who was...

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 2:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...

Key European party’s new leader blasts autocrats in group

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the opening of the two-day congress in...

Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

Nov. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches. The accord, for example, provides the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation’s institutions, such as...

Hungary expects gas from TurkStream pipeline by late 2021

Nov. 7, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary plans to be able to get natural gas from the TurkStream pipeline by the end of 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday after hosting a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hungary depends greatly on natural gas from Russia. It now arrives through...

Hungary says Huawei to help build its 5G wireless network

Nov. 5, 2019 9:15 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei will take part in the construction of Hungary's next-generation 5G wireless network despite concerns among key allies like the U.S. about potential snooping by Beijing. Speaking at China's International Import Expo in Shanghai, Hungarian Foreign Minister...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant to address such challenges. The legal opinion strikes to the...

The Latest: Hungary: Ruling party urges resistance on quotas

Oct. 31, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party is calling on the government to stand up to any pressure "legally or otherwise disguised" on the issue of European Union migrant quotas. Fidesz's statement came in...