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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...

Hungary's Orban: Good relations with Russia are a necessity

Oct. 30, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minster said Wednesday after hosting a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that good relations with Russia are a necessity because of his country's geographical location. Analysts see Prime Minister Viktor Orban as Putin's closest ally in the European...

Hungary nixes NATO statement on Ukraine due to minority spat

Oct. 30, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian officials said Wednesday that the country has vetoed a joint NATO statement about Ukraine because it didn't mention the "deprivation of rights" of the Hungarian minority in the neighboring country. At the same time, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto rejected...

Denmark allows Russia-Germany gas pipeline

Oct. 30, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark said Wednesday it is giving permission for a joint German-Russian underwater gas pipeline to be laid to through its territory, in a blow to the United States, which had fiercely opposed the project. The decision by the Danish Energy Agency to approve the Nord Stream 2...

Putin to visit EU nation Hungary as Russian influence grows

Oct. 29, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Hungary takes him to the country that is the Kremlin's strongest beachhead in the European Union and NATO, two groups that generally regard Russia with unease. The focus of Putin's trip, which begins Wednesday, will be his meeting with Hungarian...

Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say

Oct. 22, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind closed doors, President Donald Trump has made his views on Ukraine clear: "They tried to take me down." The president, according to people familiar with testimony in the House impeachment investigation, sees the Eastern European ally, not Russia, as responsible for the interference...