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FILE - In this May 19, 2019 file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban watches a soccer game in his hometown of Felcsut, Hungary. Six Hungarian opposition parties have announced that they will unite in an effort to unseat Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party in 2022 national elections.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

6 Hungarian parties join forces to try to defeat Orban

Dec. 21, 2020 12:43 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Six Hungarian opposition parties have announced that they will unite in an effort to unseat Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party in 2022 national elections. The parties on Sunday formally agreed to coordinate a single joint candidate to oppose Fidesz in each of...

People queue in line to wait for coronavirus testing while maintaining social distancing at Seoul Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Koreans line up for virus tests as cases surge

Dec. 18, 2020 10:59 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Long lines are snaking from coronavirus testing sites in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday as the country reports 1,053 more confirmed cases, the fourth straight day over 1,000. Thousands are taking advantage of free tests being offered temporarily in the capital area. The...

Slovenia's health minister steps down amid virus pandemic

Dec. 18, 2020 8:43 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s health minister resigned Friday after his party left the country's ruling center-right coalition, a blow to Prime Minister Janez Jansa during the coronavirus pandemic. Tomaz Gantar said he was stepping down after his Democratic Party of Pensioners, or DESUS,...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 file photo, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. A senior legal adviser said Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 that the European Union's top court should reject Hungary's attempts to overturn a European Parliament action aimed at holding the country to account for what lawmakers consider to be a breach of the bloc's values. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP, File)

Top court rules Hungary flouted EU law by detaining migrants

Dec. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that Hungary has failed to respect EU law by denying people entering the country without authorization the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones” on its border with Serbia. The European...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 6 2013 file photo participants walk down Andrassy Street under a giant rainbow flag during the 18th Budapest Gay Pride March in Budapest, Hungary. Human rights and LGBT groups have condemned an amendment to Hungary’s constitution approved on Tuesday that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and enshrines a strict Christian conservative ideology into the legal conception of the family.  (AP Photo/MTI, Imre Foldi, file)

Rights groups condemn Hungarian ban on same-sex adoptions

Dec. 16, 2020 12:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday condemned a new Hungarian law that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and applies a strict Christian conservative viewpoint to the legal definition of a family. The amendment, passed by Hungary’s right-wing ruling coalition in...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, speaks with Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. European Union leaders meet for a year-end summit that will address anything from climate, sanctions against Turkey to budget and virus recovery plans. Brexit will be discussed on the sidelines. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU strikes deal on landmark budget, virus recovery fund

Dec. 10, 2020 3:18 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday clinched a deal on a massive long-term budget and a fund to help the bloc’s ravaged economies recover from the impact of the coronavirus, but critics said the agreement lets Hungary and Poland off the hook for abusing the rule of law. The 1.82...

Sources: EU close to sealing major budget, virus fund deal

Dec. 9, 2020 2:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU nations were heading Wednesday for a compromise deal with recalcitrant members Hungary and Poland over the bloc's landmark 1.82 trillion-euro ($2.21 trillion) long-term budget and coronavirus recovery package, and its controversial linkage to respect for the rule of law. One diplomat of...

The flags of the European Union, Poland and the city of Warsaw hang in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2020. Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said the city was displaying EU flags around the city as a way of putting pressure on the national government to compromise in a dispute with the EU over the next long-term budget. Trzaskowski said the city wants to show to the rest of the EU that the Polish government's tough position

Poles voice fears of 'Polexit' as govt defies EU over budget

Dec. 9, 2020 10:26 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As the Polish government plays a game of chicken with the European Union over its next long-term budget, some Poles are voicing fears that a drawn-out conflict could put their country on a path toward an eventual departure from the bloc, or “Polexit.” Poland's...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban share a word as they line up for a group picture prior to a meeting in Beja, Portugal. Polish government officials insisted on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, that they are sticking to their tough negotiating position ahead of a key European Union summit next week that should finalize the bloc’s next seven-year budget and a major pandemic recovery package. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

Pressure mounts on Hungary, Poland to unlock EU stimulus

Dec. 8, 2020 3:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The German presidency of the EU said Tuesday that further delaying the European Union's landmark 1.82 trillion-euro ($2.21 trillion) long-term budget and coronavirus recovery package would be “irresponsible" as diplomats envisage a solution without Poland and Hungary, the two EU...

Polish state oil refiner buying key private media company

Dec. 7, 2020 5:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's state-run oil company, PKN Orlen, announced Monday that it was buying Polska Press, a large private media group currently under German control that owns a wide swath of daily and weekly newspapers in the country. Critics of the right-wing government called it a dark day for...