Latest Viktor Orban News

Foreigners pay more for gas in Hungary. It risks an EU fight

Jun. 17, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has discounted the price of gasoline at the pump. But not if you have a foreign license plate. It's also taxing what it calls “extra profits” of industries including airlines, with carriers like Ryanair and EasyJet increasing ticket prices to...

Hungary accused of discrimination for discount fuel policy

Jun. 10, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A spokesperson for the European Union's executive arm said Friday that Hungary was discriminating against citizens of other EU countries by offering discounted fuel to drivers of vehicles with Hungarian license plates while drivers of foreign-registered vehicles must pay...

Biden, Bolsonaro to hold first meeting amid election worries

Jun. 07, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden became concerned that his Brazilian counterpart was going to skip this week’s summit in Los Angeles, so he dispatched a close adviser to personally deliver the invitation to Jair Bolsonaro. The gesture was met with a demand,...

Russian Orthodox head escapes EU sanctions thanks to Orban

Jun. 02, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thanks to the insistence of Hungary, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has been removed from the latest round of European Union sanctions to punish Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, four EU diplomats told The Associated Press. The sixth package of sanctions,...

Center-left government takes over from populists in Slovenia

Jun. 01, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s parliament on Wednesday formally voted into office a new, center-left government, replacing a right-wing one that had pushed the moderate European Union nation toward populism. Lawmakers voted 53-28 for the Cabinet of Robert Golob, head of...

Hungary's Orban wins exemption in EU Russian oil embargo

May. 31, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's divisive leader has once again got his own way with the European Union — this time in tough negotiations on Russian oil at a summit in Brussels. And nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wasn't shy about trumpeting his success in leveraging...

Live updates | Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis

May. 30, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian blockade of Ukrainian sea ports prevents Kyiv from exporting 22 million tons of grain. In his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said the result is the threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain and...

EU leaders agree to ban 90% of Russian oil by year-end

May. 30, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Monday to embargo most Russian oil imports into the bloc by year-end as part of new sanctions on Moscow worked out at a summit focused on helping Ukraine with a long-delayed package of new financial support. The embargo covers Russian...

Live updates | Communist deputy demands Russian withdrawal

May. 27, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

Breaking with the party line in a rare show of opposition to his country’s war in Ukraine, a Communist Party legislative deputy in Russia’s Far East demanded an end to the military operation and withdrawal of Russian forces. “We understand that if our country doesn’t stop the...

Hungary proposes removing Russian oil embargo from EU agenda

May. 25, 2022 07:10 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — European Union efforts to impose an embargo on Russian oil faced more roadblocks Wednesday as Hungarian officials said they would not back the plan in its current form and recommended removing the topic from the agenda of an EU leaders' summit next week. ...