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Hungary activists vow to resist LGBT law, symbol of EU rift

Jul. 08, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Activists in Hungary erected a 10-meter-high (30-foot-high) rainbow-colored heart opposite the country's neo-Gothic parliament on Thursday, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBT people and that has...

Lawmakers press EU over Hungary, Poland rights concerns

Jul. 08, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on the EU's executive arm Thursday to take action against Hungary and Poland over concerns about democratic backsliding in the two countries that could restrict their access to EU funds. The EU Parliament...

Hungary issues fine over book featuring 'rainbow families'

Jul. 07, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian authorities have fined the distributor of a children's book that features families headed by same-sex parents, relying on a law prohibiting unfair commercial practices and fueling a debate over recent government steps seen as limiting the rights of LGBT...

French far-right chief criticized for her mainstream turn

Jul. 03, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is facing stinging criticism for making her party too mainstream, dulling its extremist edge and ignoring grassroots members, with some warning that this could cost her votes in next year's presidential race. The...

Some EU newspapers refuse to publish ads from Hungarian PM

Jul. 01, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Times of Malta on Thursday joined several other European newspapers in refusing requests from Hungary's government to publish a full-page paid advertisement featuring Prime Minister Viktor Orban's vision for the future of the European Union. ...

EU lawmakers approve deal on climate neutrality by 2050

Jun. 24, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers approved Thursday a climate law making the bloc's commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 a binding obligation. The deal had been agreed with member states in April and EU legislators approved it with 442 votes to 203, and 51...

EU chief vows action, says ‘shame’ on Hungary for LGBT law

Jun. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s chief executive vowed Wednesday to take any action necessary to thwart a new law in Hungary that would ban content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to children. The Hungarian parliament passed the bill last...

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

Jun. 19, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible sainthood. The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree...

EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to 'wipe out' Tigrayans

Jun. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy earlier this year said “they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said this week, warning that such an aim “looks for us like ethnic cleansing.” ...

EU lawmakers threaten to sue, to speed up rule of law action

Jun. 10, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers threatened Thursday to sue the bloc’s executive branch within weeks if it fails to take action against countries allegedly violating democratic standards, notably Hungary and Poland. In a resolution, adopted by 506 votes to 150...