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European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on the Rule of Law Report 2020 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

Sep. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday in its first report on adherence to the rule of law. The...

Viktor Orban Prime Minister of Hungary attends a news conference following talks with his counterparts from central Europe's Visegrad Group in Lublin, Poland, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. In preparation for European Union summit this month, the prime ministers of Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary discussed situation in Belarus, ties with Russia and fighting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Twitter temporarily suspends Hungarian government's account

Sep. 30, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says its official Twitter account was temporarily suspended and then restored without explanation. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Wednesday in a Facebook post that “we have taken the necessary steps and are awaiting an official explanation...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on data protection at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU defends commissioner who criticized Hungarian government

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials and Germany came to the defense of an EU commissioner Tuesday after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for her resignation because she publicly criticized his government's policies. Germany's Europe Minister directly addressed Values Commissioner Vera...

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, left, receives his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

Poland, Hungary hit back on democratic standards in the EU

Sep. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Threatened with the potential loss of European Union funds over their records on democracy, the governments of Poland and Hungary say they plan to establish a new institute to assess how well all EU member nations adhere to the rule of law. The foreign ministers of the two right-wing...

Wake Forest running back Kenneth Walker III (9) looks for room to run against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: Scottish Open decides not to have limited fans

Sep. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The European Tour has decided against having a limited number of fans for the Scottish Open next week. The tour says because of a recent update on the Scottish government's guidelines for COVID-19, the tournament at the...

A woman wearing a face mask walks to get tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The Czech Republic has been been facing the second wave of infections. The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections has been setting new records almost on a daily basis, currently surpassing 3,000 cases in one day for the first time. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Hungary's Orban: Health care prepared for rising infections

Sep. 18, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister said Friday that the government has drawn up a “war plan” to defend against the new wave of the coronavirus pandemic and that the country’s health care system is prepared to handle to rising number of new virus cases. Prime...

An elderly couple wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walks at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

Sep. 12, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of...

Hungary: Critical radio may lose license; watchdog concerned

Sep. 11, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, the continent’s democracy watchdog, on Friday expressed her concerns about a decision by Hungarian media authorities not to renew the broadcast license of a radio station which often airs views critical of the...

Central European leaders discuss Belarus, fighting COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own...

Two women hold hands and carry face masks in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The Czech Republic is returning to mandatory mask wearing in interior spaces amid a steep rise in new coronavirus cases. Starting Thursday, people across the country need to cover their face in all public places, including stores, shopping malls, post offices and others but also in private companies where employees cannot keep a distance of 2 meters from one another. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Virus spiking in eastern Europe; Hungary drafts 'war plan'

Sep. 11, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases spiked Friday in parts of eastern Europe, with Hungary and the Czech Republic registering all-time daily highs. Signs of the pandemic's resurgence were also evident in Britain and the Netherlands. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban...