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EU leaders break stalemate over climate target, claim deal

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders broke a deadlock early Friday and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, sidestepping the objections of Poland, one of the blocs biggest economies. Two days after the EU's new commission chief unveiled her “European...

Hungary OKs 'muzzle law,' boosts lawmaker fines, sanctions

Dec. 10, 2019 2:10 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's right-wing governing parties on Tuesday approved legislation greatly increasing fines and sanctions on lawmakers who disrupt parliamentary activities. The rules, dubbed a “muzzle law” by the opposition, were approved principally by Prime Minister Viktor...

Hungary competition authority fines Facebook $4 million

Dec. 6, 2019 1:59 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Facebook has been fined around $4 million for allegedly misleading its users in Hungary by claiming the use of its services was free, the Hungarian Competition Authority said Friday. The authority called the fine of 1.2 billion forints ($4.01 million, 3.63 million euros) the...

Hungary criticizes EU’s failure to agree enlargement talks

Dec. 2, 2019 7:14 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Hungary’s foreign minister has criticized Finland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 28-nation European Union, and the EU’s former executive branch for the failure to push on with enlarging the bloc. Peter Szijjarto said Monday that “one of the most...

Hungarian police find 2 tunnels used by migrants on border

Nov. 29, 2019 11:40 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police said Friday that they discovered two tunnels used by migrants to enter the country from Serbia. Police said that a tunnel 34 meters (37 yards) long was discovered near the southern village of Asotthalom, where they also detained 44 migrants who had used the...

Austria nixes mounted police plan, seeks new home for horses

Nov. 28, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s interim government has cancelled an ex-minister’s project to create a mounted police squad and is now figuring out what to do with the horses. The mounted police force in Vienna was a project pushed by Herbert Kickl, a member of the far-right Freedom Party, who was...

Cruise ship captain charged in deadly Danube River collision

Nov. 28, 2019 5:22 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The captain of a cruise ship involved in a May 2019 collision on the Danube River in which 28 people were killed has been charged for his alleged responsibility in the incident and should be sentenced to nine years in prison, prosecutors in Hungary said Thursday. The 64-year-old...

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 2:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...