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Hungary will impose new restrictions on agricultural imports from Ukraine

Apr. 11, 2024 07:33 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government will place new restrictions on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products, the country's agricultural minister said Thursday, a move designed to protect Hungarian farmers from market fluctuations caused by cheaper Ukrainian imports. ...

Challenger to Hungary's Orbán announces new political alternative to tens of thousands of supporters

Apr. 06, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A rising challenger to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán mobilized tens of thousands of supporters in Hungary's capital on Saturday, outlining a plan to unite the country and bring an end to the populist leader's 14-year hold on power. At the center...

Brazilian police launch investigation into Bolsonaro's 2-night sleepover at Hungarian embassy

Mar. 28, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Monday launched an investigation into former President Jair Bolsonaro's two-night stay last month at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia, amid widespread speculation from his opponents that he may have been attempting to evade arrest. A...

Former Hungarian insider releases audio he says is proof of corruption in embattled Orbán government

Mar. 27, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A former Hungarian government insider turned critic released an audio recording on Tuesday that he says proves that top officials conspired to cover up corruption, the latest development in a scandal that has shaken Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's domination of the...

A major European nature protection plan stumbles at the final hurdle. 'How could we give that up?'

Mar. 25, 2024 12:54 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A major European Union plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc and fight climate change was indefinitely postponed Monday, underscoring how farmers' protests sweeping the continent have had a deep influence on politics. The deadlock on the bill, which...

Hungary's Orbán congratulates Putin on widely criticized Russian election win

Mar. 22, 2024 06:03 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his victory in an election whose outcome was never in doubt after systematic crackdowns on dissent. Orbán, widely seen as Putin's closest ally in the...

Schumer's rebuke of Netanyahu shows the long, fragile line the US and allies walk on interference

Mar. 16, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Israeli officials were quick to express outrage after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the war in Gaza and called for Israel to hold new elections. They accused the Democratic leader of...

Hungary's Orbán rails against the EU and 'the Western world' in a speech on a national holiday

Mar. 15, 2024 13:23 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sought to mobilize support for his brand of right-wing populism in a holiday speech on Friday, urging his spectators to help him “occupy Brussels” in European Union elections this summer. Orbán’s address,...

EU parliament opens a court case over the decision to release funds to Orban's government in Hungary

Mar. 14, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union was embroiled in a legal standoff on Thursday between its legislature and its executive Commission over the release of billions in frozen funds to the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a time when his consent was essential for a deal to open...

Trump meets with Hungary's leader, Viktor Orbán, continuing his embrace of autocrats

Mar. 08, 2024 22:50 PM EST

Former President Donald Trump met Friday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as the likely Republican presidential nominee continued his embrace of autocratic leaders who are part of a global pushback against democratic traditions. Orbán has become an icon to some...