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Hungary, Austria and Serbia work together to stem migration

Oct. 03, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary, Austria and Serbia met Monday in Budapest to find solutions on how to stem the increasing number of migrants arriving in Europe, among them many young men from India. The three leaders agreed to take joint action to control the new arrivals...

Music stops: Energy costs close Hungary theaters for winter

Oct. 03, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A theater in Hungary's capital will sit through a cold and quiet winter after its managers chose to shut it down rather than pay skyrocketing utility prices that are putting a squeeze on businesses and cultural institutions across Europe. The 111-year-old...

Hungary to poll public on support for EU sanctions on Russia

Sep. 22, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's governing party said Thursday it wants to poll the country's citizens on whether they support European Union sanctions imposed against Russia over its war in Ukraine. Fidesz plans to call for a “national consultation” on energy sanctions which...

Hungary faces reckoning with EU that could cost it billions

Sep. 17, 2022 04:33 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After his headline performance at Hungary's Sziget Festival last month, pop star Justin Bieber held a grandiose party for his staff in a luxurious countryside setting — a 19th century castle owned by the son-in-law of the country's prime minister. The...

EU lawmakers declare that Hungary is no longer a democracy

Sep. 15, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday declared that Hungary has become “a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy” under the leadership of its nationalist government, and that its undermining of the bloc’s democratic values had taken Hungary out of the community of democracies. ...

Ryanair cancels Hungary routes over windfall tax dispute

Sep. 13, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair announced Tuesday that it will cancel several routes through Hungary and cut flights on several more following a months-long dispute with the country's government over a special windfall tax placed on airlines. The Ireland-based...

Teacher shortages grow worrisome in Poland and Hungary

Sep. 03, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ewa Jaworska has been a teacher since 2008 and loves working with young people. But the low pay is leaving her demoralized. She even has to buy her own teaching materials sometimes, and is disheartened by the government using schools to promote conservative ideas which she...

Hungary fireworks go on but weather agency controversy stays

Aug. 27, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An elaborate fireworks display took place Saturday under calm skies in Hungary’s capital after a postponement of the show last weekend caused controversy when it led to the firing of the country’s top meteorologists over their weather predictions. ...

Pera beats top-seeded Krejcikova for 12th straight win

Aug. 24, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Bernarda Pera extended her career-best winning streak to 12 matches, beatiung top-seeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals in Tennis in The Land. Pera, ranked No. 51, broke 2021 French Open champion Krejcikova...

Heads of Hungary weather service fired after wrong forecast

Aug. 23, 2022 06:35 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The two top officials of Hungary's meteorological service were fired Monday after an inaccurate rain forecast prompted the postponement of a fireworks display on the country's most important national holiday. The firings of the head and deputy head of the...