Latest Viktor Orban News

EXPLAINER: Why didn't China send troops to aid Kazakhstan?

Jan. 13, 2022 21:07 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China gave strong verbal backing to Kazakhstan’s leader for his deadly crackdown to quell violent unrest, but stood aside as Russia sent in special forces troops. Resource-rich Kazakhstan, on China's western border, has economic and strategic importance for...

Hungary sets election for April 3 in big challenge to Orban

Jan. 11, 2022 12:42 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will hold a parliamentary election on April 3, the president said Tuesday, in a vote that will decide whether Prime Minister Viktor Orban will remain in office after 12 years in power. President Janos Ader made the announcement on the election...

Bosnia's Dodik: From moderate to genocide-denying autocrat

Jan. 08, 2022 02:21 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — He was once described in Washington as an anti-nationalist “breath of fresh air” in the murderous, genocide-scarred Balkan morass of ethnically divided Bosnia. How times change. This week Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad...

Trump endorses Hungary's Orban ahead of tight election

Jan. 03, 2022 11:44 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Hungary's right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, offering his “complete support” for the controversial leader who is facing a close parliamentary election this spring. Orban, a champion of...

Hungary's PM denounced in Bosnia for anti-Muslim rhetoric

Dec. 22, 2021 21:45 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian officials and religious leaders on Wednesday denounced suggestions voiced by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his spokesman that the integration of Bosnia into the European Union will be challenging because of its large Muslim population. ...

Orban: Hungary will defy EU court ruling on asylum policy

Dec. 21, 2021 10:54 AM EST

BUDAPEST (AP) — Hungary will not change its immigration policies despite a recent ruling from the European Union’s top court that found them in contradiction with the bloc's laws, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday. Orban's announcement came as Hungary's anti-immigration...

Macron urges strengthening EU borders during Hungary visit

Dec. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday affirmed his commitment to strengthening the external borders of the European Union, a point of common agreement at talks he held in Hungary's capital with the leaders of the bloc's eastern nations. The summit in...

Hungary's media, health experts seek more COVID-19 data

Dec. 13, 2021 02:34 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As coronavirus infections and deaths soar in Hungary, the country's journalists and public health professionals are demanding more detailed data on the outbreak from the government, with some experts saying that greater transparency might boost lagging vaccination rates....

Hungarian court declines challenge to primacy of EU law

Dec. 10, 2021 07:42 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's Constitutional Court on Friday declined to rule on a motion challenging the primacy of European Union law in a case involving the country's treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers. The decision came after Justice Minister Judit Varga challenged a...

Biden calls on leaders to end 'backward slide' of democracy

Dec. 09, 2021 17:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden expressed alarm at a “backward slide” of democracy around the globe on Thursday, calling on fellow world leaders to work with him to bolster democratic institutions as his administration grows increasingly concerned about China's and Russia's push for...