Latest Hungary News

The Latest: Eurotunnel tests new 'digital border' for Brexit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Eurotunnel has held a round of tests to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, checking that a new "digital border" between France and Britain would work seamlessly and keep traffic flowing in the...

Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

RADOVICA, Slovenia (AP) — Blaz Zidar has a mission: patrol along a razor-wire fence on Slovenia's border with Croatia, catch migrants trying to climb over, hand them to police and make sure they are swiftly sent out of the country. The 47-year-old former Slovenian army soldier, dressed in camouflage...

Hungarian writer and dissident Gyorgy Konrad dies at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known internationally...

Hungary's Orban points to EU 'enlargement fatigue'

Sep. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that Western countries in the European Union are suffering from "enlargement fatigue" and using newer members as a scapegoat for their problems. "Those in the West are exhausted from enlargement," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio,...

Central Europe happy with roles in new EU commission

Sep. 12, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The prime ministers of four Central European countries say they are satisfied with the role of their countries' representatives in the European Union's powerful executive arm. The premiers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia that form an informal grouping known as Visegrad...

Hungarian architect, dissident Laszlo Rajk dies at 70

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Laszlo Rajk, a Hungarian architect, dissident and film and theater production designer, has died. He was 70. Rajk died Wednesday from an undisclosed illness, according to online architecture publication epiteszforum.hu. Rajk shared the name Laszlo with his father, a communist...

Hungarian journalist wounded in fighting in Libyan capital

Sep. 10, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hungary's foreign ministry says a Hungarian journalist has been wounded in clashes between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Tamas Merczel, a ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday that photojournalist Gergely Szabo was hurt in a bombing in Tripoli on Saturday and was taken to a...

Hungary touts family policies as alternative to immigration

Sep. 5, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that economic incentives for families, not immigration, are the answer to low birth rates and a decreasing population. Speaking at a government-organized conference on demography, Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said that an upturn in...

Syrian man suspected of IS beheading charged in Hungary

Sep. 3, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian prosecutors say they have charged a Syrian man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group with committing acts of terror, murder and crimes against humanity in his homeland in May 2015. Prosecutors said Tuesday that the 27-year old man identified only as Hassan F....

Hungary: Court extends arrest of river cruise ship captain

Aug. 30, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has extended until Sept. 30 the pre-trial arrest of the captain of a river cruise ship involved in a deadly May crash with a much smaller tour boat on the Danube River in Budapest. Twenty-six South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members aboard the Hableany...