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EU official criticizes Hungary PM Orban for campaign posters

Feb. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday for election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants. Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said when it comes to...

Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped

Feb. 19, 2019 11:09 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that was cancelled over a rift with Poland. The first gathering outside Europe of the Visegrad group was...

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

Feb. 19, 2019 11:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into political candidates. When Italy's deputy prime minister offered the populist 5-Star Movement's Rousseau...

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Israeli leaders' Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans

Feb. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel. Poland's abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad...

Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

Feb. 12, 2019 3:50 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom. Several thousand people formed a human chain around the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, urging the academy's...

Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

Feb. 12, 2019 3:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Speaking on a five-nation tour of Europe, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats...

US warns Hungary, other allies to shun business with Huawei

Feb. 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States may be forced to scale back certain operations in Europe and elsewhere if countries continue to do business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a new warning that underscores U.S. concerns about the...

Rights expert: Hungary backsliding on women, refugee rights

Feb. 11, 2019 2:13 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary is facing "many interconnected human rights challenges," including laws targeting civic groups, backsliding on women's rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers, the Council of Europe's human rights chief said Monday. Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who visited...

Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption

Feb. 10, 2019 1:34 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and...