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Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass laws on overtime and judiciary

Budapest - Rare scenes of chaos gripped the Hungarian parliament Wednesday as it passed a controversial judicial reform, as well as labour legislation that critics call a "slave law".

Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass laws on overtime and judiciary

Budapest - Rare scenes of chaos gripped the Hungarian parliament Wednesday as it passed a controversial judicial reform, as well as labour legislation that critics call a "slave law".

Hungarian workers protest over 'slavery' law

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarian workers demonstrated in Budapest on Saturday against a change to the labour code proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling party that critics have dubbed a 'slavery law'.

Hungary PM gives green light for media sector shake-up

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave the green light Wednesday for the merger of hundreds of pro-government media outlets, despite criticism this will give him almost "complete control" of the country's media.

Soros-founded university says 'forced out of Budapest'

Budapest - Hungary's renowned Central European University announced Monday it had been "forced" to move its most prestigious studies to Vienna after a long and bitter legal battle with Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

Hungary media shake-up fuels new press control fears

Budapest - A sudden centralisation of pro-government media in Hungary fuelled fresh concerns Friday of increasing control by Prime Minister Viktor Orban over the sector.

Hungary pledges 1.5 mln euros to fight anti-Semitism

Budapest - The Hungarian government said Thursday it will spend 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) every year on various projects to combat anti-Semitism.

US slams Hungary over suspected Russian arms dealers

Washington - The US State Department on Tuesday slammed a Hungarian decision to extradite two Russian suspected arms dealers back to Russia instead of sending them to the United States.

Students march in Hungary for Soros-founded university

Budapest - Students on Saturday marched in support of a university founded by US billionaire George Soros in Hungary, ahead of a deadline for a legal dispute to be resolved.

Fugitive ex-Macedonian PM hit with new criminal cases

Skopje - Macedonia prosecutors filed two new indictments Thursday against fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski, who said this week he was granted asylum in Hungary after fleeing a two-year jail sentence in his homeland.

Fugitive ex-Macedonian PM hit with new criminal cases

Skopje - Macedonia prosecutors filed two new indictments Thursday against fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski, who said this week he was granted asylum in Hungary after fleeing a two-year jail sentence in his homeland.

Erdogan takes aim at Soros over jailed Turkish philanthropist

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused George Soros of aiding a jailed Turkish philanthropist facing hugely controversial charges of seeking otherthrow the government, describing the Hungary-born American billionaire as a "famous H...

Hungary grants asylum to former Macedonia PM: report

Budapest - Hungary has granted asylum to former Macedonian premier Nikola Gruevski who fled to Budapest after being sentenced to jail for abuse of power, a newspaper close to Viktor Orban's government said Tuesday.

Macedonia summons Hungarian ambassador over ex-PM's escape

Skopje - Macedonia summoned Hungary's ambassador on Tuesday to deliver a "protest note" over ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's escape to Budapest to avoid prison time, the foreign ministry said.

Macedonian ex-PM fled in Hungarian diplomatic car: Albanian police

Tirana - Former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country to avoid prison, used a Hungarian diplomatic vehicle to escape through Albania, police in Tirana said Thursday after Budapest formally denied any involvement.

UN experts suspend Hungary visit over access to migrants

Geneva - A group of United Nations human rights experts said Thursday they had suspended a trip to Hungary after the government denied them access to sites where migrants are being held.

Hungary to consider asylum request from fugitive Macedonia ex-PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it had received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, in a case that could prove a diplomatic headache for Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary confirms asylum request from fugitive former Macedonian PM

Budapest - Hungary confirmed Wednesday that it has received a request for political asylum from fugitive former Macedonia prime minister Nikola Gruevski, a day after he said on Facebook that he had fled a prison sentence for abuse of power.

Hungary police drop Orban-linked corruption probe

Budapest - A police decision to close a corruption probe linked to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's family "strengthens doubts" about the independence of Hungary's law enforcement bodies, an EU official said Wednesday.

Europe's centre right seeks champion to rise above Orban row

Apo - Divided over how to handle ties to Hungary's populist prime minister and facing a future without their figurehead Angela Merkel, Europe's centre-right parties gather this week to seek a leader.

Bridges heal World War I wounds of Slovak-Hungarian city

- The bridges across the river Danube connecting Komarom in Hungary to Komarno in Slovakia are today the epitome of a borderless Europe -- but their appearance belies the tensions that stretch back a century, and which have only recently been calmed.

Hungarian camerawoman acquitted in migrant skirmish

Budapest - A Hungarian television camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police was acquitted Tuesday by the country's Supreme Court.

Austria, Hungary stand apart on 'lost grandeur' of past

Vienna - A century after their dismemberment in the aftermath of World War I, Austria and Hungary take two very different approaches to their Habsburg past -- one choosing Imperial kitsch, the other a return to strident nationalism.

Erdogan gets warm welcome in Hungary

Budapest - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was given a warm welcome in Hungary Monday just weeks after Ankara's strained relations with other EU nations were thrown into sharp relief in a tense visit to Germany.

Hungary, Poland plan to overturn EU's cheap labour rules

Budapest - Hungary and Poland said Thursday they will appeal to the European Court of Justice to overturn a hard-wrought compromise struck between EU members last year on the bloc's rules regarding cheap labour.

Hungary PM hails 'icon' Trump's isolationist UN speech

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hailed Friday US President Donald Trump's isolationist speech at the United Nations as marking a welcome end to American interference in other countries' affairs.

Hungary PM's office hits back over football trips scandal

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office hit back Thursday over reports that he flew to football matches on a luxury plane funded by a friend who has won many lucrative public tenders.

Soros challenges Hungary laws at European rights court

Budapest - The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Monday that it has filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against Hungary's controversial "Stop Soros" laws adopted last June.

Bulgaria mulls to oppose possible EU sanctions against Hungary

Sofia - Bulgaria's defence minister said Wednesday his country would oppose EU sanctions against Hungary, which Brussels accuses of posing a "systematic threat" to the bloc's founding values and the rule of law.

Hungary slams UN, insists will 'never be a country of migrants'

Geneva - Hungary's foreign minister accused UN officials Wednesday of "spreading lies" with their criticism of Budapest's anti-migration policies, insisting his country would "never be a country of migrants".
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