Hungary government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Hungary government Hungary: Protesters rally in defense of university, NGOs BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched Sunday in downtown Budapest, calling on Hungary's government to repeal legal amendments which could force a university founded by an American philanthropist to leave the country. Participants at the rally also said they want Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to abandon a bill that is viewed a... Sun, 21 May 2017 19:37:00 GMT 2017-05-21T19:37:00Z EU lawmakers seek action over rights, rule of law in Hungary BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have called for an investigation of member-state Hungary to determine whether its laws are in "serious breach of EU values." The move reflects deep concerns within the EU about whether there has been a deterioration in human rights, democracy and the rule of law there. In a resolution adopted Wed... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:38:00Z Demonization of Soros recalls old anti-Semitic conspiracies WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In most nations, having a billionaire financier and philanthropist would be a source of great pride, a person many elected officials would want to cozy up to. Not for George Soros. The demonization of the American-Hungarian billionaire and Holocaust survivor has spread from Hungary and Moscow across Europe and into... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:53:00Z Hungary's president urges civility in political discourse BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Deteriorating public discourse in Hungary risks demolishing the country's achievements since the 1990 return to democracy, President Janos Ader said Monday. Ader told lawmakers after his induction ceremony in Parliament that politicians should not follow the example of tabloid publications and involve each other's families and sexual or religious ide... Mon, 08 May 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-05-08T14:26:00Z Rally in Hungary to support reporter claiming govt assault BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Several hundred people rallied Saturday outside an office of Hungary's governing Fidesz party after a journalist said she was assaulted at a party meeting by a government official. Julia Halasz, a reporter with the news site, said a meeting organizer took away her cellphone and dragged her down several flights of steps and ... Sat, 06 May 2017 18:46:00 GMT 2017-05-06T18:46:00Z Hungary summons Canadian ambassador after concerns over CEU BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian foreign ministry says it has summoned Canada's ambassador to Hungary after she expressed concerns about the fate of a Budapest university and academic freedom as a whole. The ministry said Friday that Ambassador Isabelle Poupart's statements on recent amendments to the law on higher education are false and academic f... Fri, 05 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-05T10:39:00Z Warsaw denounces Macron for comparing Polish leader to Putin WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron made an "unacceptable" comparison when he likened Poland's government to the "regimes" of Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban. Macron made his remarks at a Paris rally on Monday while campaigning for the Sunday runoff election bet... Tue, 02 May 2017 14:34:00 GMT 2017-05-02T14:34:00Z Hungary: Protesters reject government's closer Russia links BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Hungary rejected the government's growing ties to Russia on Sunday, the 13th anniversary of Hungary's European Union membership. Participants marched through downtown Budapest carrying Hungarian and European flags, shouting "Europe! Europe!" and reciting slogans against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. The Momentum... Mon, 01 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-01T19:32:00Z Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government remained defiant Saturday over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros. The issue was on the agenda during Prime Minister Viktor Orban's meeting in Brussels with leaders of the European People's Party, of which his Fidesz party is a member. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:35:00 GMT 2017-04-29T14:35:00Z The Latest: Macedonia protesters seek new election SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local): 8:30 p.m. About 2,000 protesters have gathered in Macedonia's capital to demand new elections they hope will break the country's political deadlock. The peaceful protest was held outside the European Union mission in Skopje a d... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-04-28T19:21:00Z Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — A second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe has been completed, the Hungarian government said Friday. Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat said Friday near the border town of Roszke that the new, 155-kilometer (96-mile) fence provides even greater security for Hungary. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:00 GMT 2017-04-28T14:54:00Z Europe's top human rights body seeks review of Hungary laws BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary should suspend the implementation of recently adopted legislation which could force a university founded by billionaire George Soros to close or leave Budapest, the Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights organization, said Thursday. A resolution adopted by the council's parliamentary assembly also said constit... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:03:00 GMT 2017-04-27T12:03:00Z Hungary premier dismisses university fear as EU takes action BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary's prime minister on Wednesday dismissed concerns about his country's new higher education law after the European Union launched legal action amid fears the legislation is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. While insisting that Hungary remains committed to the European project, Vi... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:04:00 GMT 2017-04-26T18:04:00Z Turkish opposition to challenge referendum at European court ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party said Wednesday it would challenge the outcome of the country's April 16 referendum on expanding the president's powers at the European Court of Human Rights a day after a high court rejected its appeal. The pro-secular Republican People's Party, or CHP, is disputing the referendum, which gave President ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 GMT 2017-04-26T17:00:00Z Court awards 3M euros to Hungary church stripped of status BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday it awarded 3 million euros ($3.3 million) in damages to a small Hungarian Methodist church stripped of its recognized status in 2012. Along with hundreds of other churches, the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship lost its official status and corresponding financial advantages — like its... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-04-25T18:30:00Z Head of beleaguered Hungary university appeals for EU help BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of a Hungary-based university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros appealed Tuesday for European Union support to fight a new law he says is aimed at shutting the school down. "My institution has a gun pointed to its head," Central European University President Michael Ignatieff told lawmakers, academics and reporter... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-04-25T14:09:00Z Budapest protesters see growing Russian sway over Hungary BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — About 2,000 people have rallied against what they say is Russia's growing influence on Hungary and the authoritarian tendencies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Monday evening's protest was held a few blocks from the Russian embassy in Budapest after police banned the event from taking place closer to the building. ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-04-24T19:17:00Z Hungary: Opposition seeks repeal of law about US university BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian opposition lawmakers on Friday asked the country's Constitutional Court to repeal legal amendments they say target Central European University, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The appeal seeks to strike down changes to Hungary's higher education law approved two weeks ago that critics also said limit ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-04-21T12:53:00Z Hungary lawmakers debate bill that critics say is anti-NGO BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian lawmakers began debating a draft bill on Wednesday that critics say is meant to intimidate non-governmental organizations which receive foreign financing. Among other conditions, NGOs getting more than 7.2 million forints ($24,600) a year from abroad would have to register with the courts and identify themselves as being foreign-funded on t... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:19:00 GMT 2017-04-19T15:19:00Z Poland plans guarded container camps for asylum-seekers WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government is planning to create container camps for asylum-seekers, with the interior minister saying Thursday that a similar system is working well in Hungary. Such container camps would most likely be placed on the border with Belarus, where people from Chechnya and elsewhere — many of whom are victims of political repression — regularly t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:40:00 GMT 2017-04-13T15:40:00Z The Latest: Poland considers guarded container migrant camps BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of migrants and asylum-seekers (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Poland's interior minister says the country's government is considering creating container camps for asylum seekers on its border with Belarus, saying a similar system works well in Hungary. Mariusz ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:08:00 GMT 2017-04-13T14:08:00Z Correction: Europe-Hungary story BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story April 12 about the European Union launching a probe of Hungary's education law, The Associated Press erroneously reported the location of a university founded by billionaire George Soros. They university is in Budapest, not Bucharest. A corrected version of the story is below: EU launches probe of Hungarian education law The Eur... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-04-13T11:03:00Z Tens of thousands protest Hungary's education, NGO policies BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated Wednesday in the Hungarian capital to oppose government policies that are seen as limiting academic freedom and intimidating civic groups. After the rally officially ended at Heroes Square, a Budapest landmark, some protesters faced off with police officers blocking access to the nearby... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:28:00 GMT 2017-04-12T19:28:00Z Hungarian top court repeals village's ban on mosques, burkas BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's Constitutional Court on Wednesday repealed a ban by a village led by a far-right mayor on the construction of mosques and headscarves like burkas and chadors worn by Muslim women. The village also outlawed the activity of muezzins, and it prohibited any "propaganda" or activities promoting marriage not exclusively betwee... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:38:00 GMT 2017-04-12T11:38:00Z US official: Hungary should talk with Soros-founded school BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government should engage in "serious, urgent and good-faith talks" with Central European University about legal changes seen to be targeting the school founded by billionaire George Soros, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday. A bill signed Monday by President Janos Ader sets new conditions for foreign universities in Hungar... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-04-11T20:58:00Z Hungary's president signs bill aimed at Soros-founded school BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president on Monday signed amendments to the country's higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close or move. Central European University said it "strongly disagreed" with President Janos Ader's decision and vowed to challenge what it call... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-04-10T21:12:00Z UN refugee agency urges EU not to return migrants to Hungary GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency on Monday took the rare step of urging European Union members to suspend returns of asylum-seekers to their partner, Hungary, faulting its new policy of systematically placing migrants in containers and expelling any migrants not holding the proper papers. UNHCR says that since a tough new law took effect on March 28,... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:03:00 GMT 2017-04-10T14:03:00Z Hungary: Thousands rally in support of Soros-founded school BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some 70,000 people rallied in Budapest Sunday in support of a local university founded by American billionaire George Soros that is seen as a target for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's illiberal policies. The Hungarian-born Soros founded Central European University in 1991. Amendments to Hungary's higher education law appr... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:38:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:38:00Z Hungary: Showdown of 'illiberal state' vs. 'open society' BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's effort to close Central European University, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros in 1991, is another step in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan to transform his country into an "illiberal state," a narrower view of democracy which contrasts with the "open society" ideals promoted globally by Soros. A law r... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-04-09T18:50:00Z EU rift with Hungary deepens over Orban actions BRUSSELS (AP) — The rift between the European Union and member state Hungary is widening, with the EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker criticizing two recent issues that are seen as pushing Budapest away from EU values. Juncker said Thursday he objects to an education bill that critics say targets a university founded by billionaire American philanthr... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:41:00 GMT 2017-04-06T13:41:00Z