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Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro 'no longer democracies': watchdog

Budapest - Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro can no longer be called democracies after unprecedented democratic backsliding, a rights watchdog said Wednesday, noting the especially "precipitous" fall down the rankings of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's "regime".

Hungary hospital evacuations spell misery for families

Budapest - Lilla Ilona Szeleczki's terminally ill mother, a 79-year-old with chronic pneumonia and a kidney tumour, twice tested negative for the new coronavirus in a Budapest hospital so she was sent home. She died within a week.

Virus-hit Hungary care home on frontline in Orban powerplay

Budapest - A Budapest care home ravaged by the novel coronavirus has become a frontline in an escalating battle between Prime Minister Viktor Orban, emboldened by new emergency powers, and Hungary's beleaguered opposition.

EU chief 'concerned' over Hungary virus emergency law

Apo - European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen expressed "particular" concern on Thursday over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping powers.

US warns Hungary on 'undue' rights restrictions over virus

Washington - The United States on Wednesday warned Hungary against restricting human rights and press freedom after parliament gave nationalist leader Viktor Orban sweeping powers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

Budapest - Hungary's parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.

Spectre of coronavirus quarantine haunts Hungarian democracy

Budapest - A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orban unlimited power.

Hungary opposition brakes passage of new emergency powers

Budapest - Hungary's opposition refused Monday to let the government fast-track a bill through parliament which would give the executive sweeping new powers, including the right to extend the state of emergency declared to fight the coronavirus.

Hungary border chaos continues as travellers trapped in limbo

Budapest - Travel chaos continued Thursday at Hungary's borders which were suddenly closed Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with diplomats urging Budapest to let trapped citizens enter the country.

Captain on trial in Hungary over S.Korean tour boat disaster

Budapest - A Ukrainian cruise captain went on trial in Hungary on Wednesday over a collision on the river Danube last year that led to the deaths of 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Romani TV channel plugs media gap in Hungary

Budapest - The message from a dingy Budapest studio is slick. Grinning staff of Hungarian cable channel Dikh TV shout at the camera: "About the Roma but not just for the Roma!

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Budapest - Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Hungary border patrol fires warning shots to stop crossings

Budapest - Hungarian border guards on Tuesday fired warning shots to deter dozens of people from crossing from the Serbian side following a reported spike in attempts to get into the EU's passport-free zone.

Hungary unveils 'Christian democratic'-based climate strategy

Budapest - Hungary unveiled a climate change strategy Thursday that has been described by Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a "Christian democratic" approach to tackling global warming.

Central European mayors sign 'pact of free cities'

Budapest - Four central European capitals, all at odds with their countries' populist governments, signed a deal Monday in Budapest to seek more EU funding together to bypass their nations' rulers.

Hungary plan to control theatres sparks protests

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians demonstrated in Budapest on Monday against a government plan to wrest control of theatres, a move that protestors, including leading directors and the city's mayor, said would curb artistic freedom.

Hungary court orders govt apology over 'misleading' Soros survey

Budapest - Hungary's top court ruled on Wednesday that nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government had published "misleading and falsely presented facts" about a refugee rights group in a questionnaire sent to millions of households, the group said.

Migrants lose in futile game on Hungary-Serbia frontier

Subotica - Asurma Arab and her family spent more than two years waiting in Serbia for their chance to cross the steel fence that Hungary erected along its border to keep out migrants.Little did the Afghan family know, their asylum plea was already a lost cause.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

Budapest - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat Thursday to "open the gates" for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided.

The Iron Curtain: five things to know

Paris - The Iron Curtain was an ideological and physical separation of communist Eastern Europe from the West following World War II.

Review: Katinka Hosszu wins big at ISL match in Budapest for Iron Special

Budapest - Three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katinka Hosszu was the big winner at the International Swimming League (ISL) competition in Budapest.

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.

Hungary's Orban defends Russia cooperation as Putin visits

Budapest - Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday defended his cooperation with Russia after trade and energy talks with President Vladimir Putin, the latest in a series of meetings with Moscow's closest ally in the EU.

Review: LA Current earns two ISL victories on day two in Budapest Special

Budapest - On October 27, the Los Angeles Current scored two victories at the International Swimming League (ISL) meeting in Budapest, Hungary.

Review: New York Breakers score 2 ISL wins on their first day in Budapest Special

Budapest - On October 26, the New York Breakers scored two wins at the International Swimming League (ISL) competition that was held at Duna Arena in Budapest.

Review: LA Current scores three ISL wins on their first day in Budapest Special

Budapest - On October 26, the first day of the International Swimming League (ISL) competition took place at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary opposition wins Budapest in blow for PM Orban

Budapest - Hungary's opposition scored a shock win in the Budapest mayoralty election Sunday, the first electoral blow for nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban since he came to power in 2010.

Hungary opposition eyes Budapest, gains in local elections

Budapest - Hungarians go to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a rare chance for the beleaguered opposition to roll back the power of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary anti-Orban opposition unites for 'high-stakes' vote

Budapest - Opposition parties in Hungary have moved to cooperate in municipal elections this weekend in an attempt to roll back the power of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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