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German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

The Latest: Slovakia police detain 30 migrants

Aug. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 8 p.m. Slovakia police say they have detained a group of 30 migrants who attempted to get to the country from neighboring Hungary hidden under a freight train. Police say 18 migrants from Afghanistan were detained in the southern...

Hungary's Orban sees 'more meaningful' EU migration debates

Aug. 1, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister expects "more meaningful" debates on migration in the European Union after a "successful" meeting in Brussels. Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday described European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen as a "serious lady" who has "serious...

Hungary's Orban critical of EU leaders on migration, economy

Jul. 27, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Saturday that the European Union has made "grave mistakes" in the past five years regarding immigration and the economy. The European Commission needs to allow a council of EU interior ministers to decide migration issues, comparing their role to the...

Hungary to hold nationwide municipal elections on Oct. 13

Jul. 26, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president says municipal elections will be held nationwide on Oct. 13. President Janos Ader urged citizens on Friday to vote in Hungary's eighth elections for mayors and council members since the country's return to democracy in 1990. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz...

UN expert critical of Hungary's treatment of asylum-seekers

Jul. 17, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary should not allow security concerns to override the human rights of migrants, a U.N. migration expert said Wednesday. Felipe Gonzalez Morales, the U.N. special rapporteur on migrant rights, said that Hungarian authorities should move families with children who are awaiting a...

Hungary's president OKs govt takeover of research

Jul. 12, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has signed a bill paving the way for the government to take control of academic research, a move that researchers see as a threat to scholarly freedom. President Janos Ader gave his approval Friday to the law, which strips the Academy of Sciences, a partially...

China warns US 'not to play with fire' regarding Taiwan

Jul. 12, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday. Wang Yi also said during a visit to Hungary that his country is concerned about...

Hungarian court rejects extradition of Macedonia ex-leader

Jun. 27, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court on Thursday rejected an extradition request from North Macedonia for its former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski fled in November to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption and was later granted asylum by Hungary. North Macedonia is seeking Gruevski's...