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Hungary and Sweden agree on defense deal ahead of final vote on Sweden's NATO accession

Feb. 23, 2024 07:25 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The prime ministers of Hungary and Sweden concluded a defense industry agreement on Friday that will expand Budapest's fleet of Swedish-built fighter jets, paving the way for Hungary’s likely ratification of Sweden’s long-delayed NATO bid. The meeting...

Sweden and Hungary move to smooth over tensions ahead of vote on Sweden's NATO accession

Feb. 22, 2024 09:52 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nearly two years after Sweden formally applied to join NATO, its membership now hinges on convincing one country — Viktor Orbán’s Hungary — to formally ratify its bid to join the military alliance. Hungary’s nationalist government has delayed...

Hungary's governing party says it's ready to approve Sweden's NATO accession on Monday

Feb. 20, 2024 06:58 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A vote in Hungary's parliament on ratifying Sweden's bid to join NATO could come as early as Monday, according to a senior member of the country's governing Fidesz party. It would bring an end to more than 18 months of delays by the nationalist government that have...

Hungary's government declines offer to meet US senators seeking approval for Sweden's NATO bid

Feb. 18, 2024 14:46 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators made an official visit to Hungary's capital Sunday and called on the nationalist government to immediately approve Sweden's request to join NATO. Hungary is the only one of NATO's 31 existing members not to have...

Embattled Orbán addresses Hungary in first appearance since country's president quit in a scandal

Feb. 17, 2024 11:12 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sought to contain the political fallout of a presidential pardon scandal during an annual state of the nation address on Saturday, his first public appearance since Hungary's president, his ally, resigned a week ago. ...

Online influencers lead thousands demanding change in Hungary following president's resignation

Feb. 16, 2024 14:44 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some of Hungary's best-known online personalities led a crowd of at least 10,000 protesters in Budapest on Friday to demand a change in the country's political culture, a response to the conservative president's recent resignation over a pardon she issued in a child...

Netherlands, China each claim two swimming gold medals at world championships

Feb. 16, 2024 14:27 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Marrit Steenbergen and Tes Schouten made it a golden night for the Netherlands at the World Aquatics Championships. China was celebrating as well, adding two more victories to its medal haul on Friday. Steenbergen touched first in the women's 100-meter freestyle...

US wins another women's water polo world title, beating Hungary 8-7 for gold

Feb. 16, 2024 11:08 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The United States held off Hungary 8-7 on Friday to capture the women’s water polo title for the fifth time in the last six championships and eighth time overall. Rachel Fattal scored three goals and goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson made 10 saves to lead the...

Hungary's Orbán faces a rare political crisis at home after president's resignation

Feb. 12, 2024 13:53 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's long-serving government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán faces a rare political crisis after the president, a member of Orbán’s ruling party, resigned amid public anger over her pardoning of a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case. ...

Hungary's president resigns over a pardon to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

Feb. 10, 2024 16:45 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s conservative president resigned Saturday amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government. ...