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No time to chicken out: Hungary's opposition gets creative

May. 22, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Selling yourself in five minutes can be tough. But that's all Hungary's opposition parties have been given on state media to promote their visions for Sunday's European Parliament election. Undeterred, they've come up with novel and creative ways From short "reality newscasts"...

Hungary confirms plan to buy medium-range missiles from US

May. 17, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister has confirmed his country's plans to buy medium-range air defense missiles from the United States. Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that it is too soon to give more details about the deal, but that "the construction of the modern Hungarian army is...

Trump meets Hungary's far-right prime minister

May. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never shied away from rubbing shoulders with leaders more typically kept at a distance by the West, and his Oval Office meeting Monday with Hungary's far right-leaning prime minister was only the latest example of his engagement with strongmen. Like Trump, Prime...

Hungary stems migrant flow, but issue remains big in EU vote

May. 10, 2019 4:11 AM EDT

ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think the political discourse has moved on. Think again. In this month's European Parliament election, no issue rings...

North Macedonia criticizes Interpol over fugitive ex-premier

May. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's top prosecutor is accusing Interpol of allegedly refusing to issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who has fled to Hungary to avoid serving a jail sentence. Prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska claimed Wednesday that the international...

Hungary leader finds main EU executive candidates unsuitable

May. 6, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Monday that he thinks the main candidates for president of the European Union's executive arm are unsuitable for the job. Viktor Orban said that he won't support Manfred Weber from the center-right European People's Party to lead the European...

Hungarian PM Orban, Trump to focus on migration in May talks

May. 5, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister says the May 13 meeting in Washington between Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and President Donald Trump will enable them to coordinate their anti-migration positions into a global alliance. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Hungarian state radio on...

Hungary says EU shouldn't 'mislead' Turkey about membership

May. 3, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union should stop "misleading" Turkey about its prospects of membership in the bloc and instead offer it a "comprehensive strategic partnership," Hungary's foreign minister said Friday. Peter Szijjarto, who was hosting his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said...

Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism

May. 3, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist interior minister is uniting Europe's right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month's European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU's base in Brussels. The latest target of...

Anti-migrant politicians bond at razor wire fence in Hungary

May. 2, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Two of Europe's most outspoken critics of recent mass migration toured razor-wire fences at Hungary's southern border Thursday while criticizing the European Union's handling of the influx as countries prepare for EU parliament elections. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini...