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United States | Remarks at U.S. Embassy Budapest

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Hello, everyone. Enjoying your time in Budapest so far? QUESTION: Great city to be in. SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the afternoon here. Thanks for – (inaudible) team. I enjoyed being with them a great deal. They’re doing fantastic work here. This afternoon I’ll … Continue reading United States | Remarks at U.S. Embassy Budapest

United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik

United States – MODERATOR: Good morning. Thank you. And thank you, everyone, for joining us this morning for this background call on Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik. Joining us today are [Senior Administration Official One]. And we also have [Senior Administration Official Two]. They’ll give a brief overview of … Continue reading United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

BUDAPEST, Hungary— Several thousand protesters marched through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws promoted by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers’ rights and have undermined democracy. The protesters chanted anti-government slogans and braved sub-zero temperatures Sunday while gathered in front of parliament, where speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Soros-backed university in Hungary moves programs to Vienna

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Central European University said Monday it will move its U.S.-accredited degree programs from the Hungarian capital of Budapest to Vienna next September, as Hungary’s government is refusing to sign an agreement allowing it to stay. CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff said Monday that the university “has been forced out” of Hungary, … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Soros-backed university in Hungary moves programs to Vienna

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

BUDAPEST, Hungary  — A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect next week in Hungary. Advocates for the homeless say the ban and the threat of jail time for violators is unlikely to solve the problem of people sleeping on the streets. Menhely Alapitvany (Shelter Foundation) Director Zoltan Akna says … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary’s leader: EU seeks to undermine border defense tasks

BUDAPEST, Hungary— Hungary’s prime minister claimed Monday that the European Union is seeking to take over the defense of the bloc’s external borders from some countries in order to facilitate the entry of migrants. Viktor Orban, a staunch opponent of immigration, said during the inaugural meeting of parliament’s fall session that EU bureaucrats “don’t want … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary’s leader: EU seeks to undermine border defense tasks

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hamilton heads into F1 break with comfortable lead on Vettel

BUDAPEST, Hungary  — Lewis Hamilton heads into Formula One’s summer break with a comfortable 24-point lead over rival Sebastian Vettel after cruising to victory from pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton was untroubled as he secured a second straight win, his fifth of the season and 67th overall. Vettel was second. … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hamilton heads into F1 break with comfortable lead on Vettel

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to extend lead over rival Vettel

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton was untroubled as he secured a second straight win, fifth of the season and 67th overall. But Mercedes missed out on a 1-2 as Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to extend lead over rival Vettel

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian GP: Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Bottas

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lewis Hamilton produced a brilliant last lap to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in difficult track conditions on Saturday. Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff could hardly believe it as he watched from the team motorhome, clutching his head in disbelief as Hamilton … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian GP: Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Bottas

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian GP: Vettel fastest in 3rd practice, Hamilton 4th

BUDAPEST, Hungary— Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in third and final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later Saturday. Vettel was 0.059 seconds quicker than Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and 0.144 quicker than Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. It was a boost for Vettel, who is battling for the Formula … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian GP: Vettel fastest in 3rd practice, Hamilton 4th

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Force India still racing in Hungary despite court hearing

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The Force India team is racing in this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix despite being placed into administration amid ongoing financial problems. The Silverstone-based team went into administration following a court hearing late Friday in London. “We shall be engaging with key stakeholders on an urgent basis to secure the best outcome for … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Force India still racing in Hungary despite court hearing

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Vettel quickest for Ferrari in 2nd practice for Hungarian GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Sebastian Vettel led second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Mercedes again struggled for speed on Friday. On a day of mourning for Ferrari, following the death this week of former president Sergio Marchionne, Vettel was faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. The same three drivers had also … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Vettel quickest for Ferrari in 2nd practice for Hungarian GP

BUDAPEST, Hungar | Ricciardo best in first Hungarian GP practice, Vettel 2nd

BUDAPEST, Hungar — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday. The narrow Hungaroring track is among the most difficult to overtake on in Formula One, and considered more favorable to cars with a strong downforce like Red Bull and Ferrari. Ricciardo was followed by … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungar | Ricciardo best in first Hungarian GP practice, Vettel 2nd

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Despite taking F1 lead, Hamilton says Ferrari has upper hand

BUDAPEST, Hungary— Despite regaining the Formula One lead, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton maintains Ferrari has the upper hand. The defending champion got his nose back in front of Sebastian Vettel at the German Grand Prix last weekend, but only with a stroke of good fortune after his main rival crashed leading the race . “Ferrari … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Despite taking F1 lead, Hamilton says Ferrari has upper hand

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Vettel needs to rebound in Hungary to keep heat on Hamilton

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Unless Sebastian Vettel bounces back with a strong performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week, he risks heading into Formula One’s summer break lagging behind Lewis Hamilton. Vettel should have been the one in the ascendancy, but his clumsy crash while leading the rain-soaked German GP last Sunday cost him the … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Vettel needs to rebound in Hungary to keep heat on Hamilton

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian politician on trial for spying on EU for Russia

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A trial has begun in the case of a Hungarian member of the European Parliament charged by prosecutors with spying for Russia on the European Union. The trial of Bela Kovacs began Tuesday at the Budapest Regional Court, but the judge closed the initial session to the public because of the classified … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungarian politician on trial for spying on EU for Russia

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary talent show for classical musicians gets US, UK deal

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Producers of a Hungarian talent show for young classical musicians say the rights to the program have been acquired for versions in the United States and Britain by a London-based production firm. Fulwell 73, which is partly owned by James Corden and produces his late-night talk show, signed the agreement with … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary talent show for classical musicians gets US, UK deal

BUDAPEST, Hungary  | Hungary: President recommends Viktor Orban as prime minister

BUDAPEST, Hungary  — Hungary’s president has recommended that lawmakers re-elect Prime Minister Viktor Orban to what would be his third consecutive term and fourth overall. Orban’s Fidesz party and a small ally won 133 of 199 seats in the national assembly in the April 8 election, securing a two-thirds majority which will allow them to … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary  | Hungary: President recommends Viktor Orban as prime minister

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Ex-head of Hungarian swimming denies ordering rival slain

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The former head of Hungary’s swimming federation on Wednesday firmly denied allegations that he ordered the 1998 slaying of a business rival, his lawyer said. Tamas Gyarfas has been in police custody since late Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the February 1998 killing of media mogul Janos Fenyo, … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Ex-head of Hungarian swimming denies ordering rival slain

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Protesters in Hungary demand recount, new electoral system

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)   Thousands of anti-government protesters in Hungary are marching in the capital of Budapest to demand a vote recount and a new electoral system. Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected for a fourth term last week. His Fidesz party won a supermajority in the national assembly, with preliminary results … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Protesters in Hungary demand recount, new electoral system

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Pro-govt weekly prints list of ‘Soros mercenaries’

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News  — A Hungarian magazine published Thursday the names of more than 200 people it claimed Prime Minister Viktor Orban had in mind when he alleged U.S.-Hungarian billionaire George Soros paid “mercenaries” to topple the government and open the country to immigrants. Those listed by the weekly Figyelo included … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary: Pro-govt weekly prints list of ‘Soros mercenaries’

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary’s pro-migrant groups seen as targets after election

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)A day after it won an overwhelming election victory on an anti-migration platform, the right-wing populist party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would limit the ability of civic groups to help migrants and refugees. Election officials Monday were still counting mailed ballots, which added another seat … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Hungary’s pro-migrant groups seen as targets after election

BUDAPEST| Hungary: Pro-refugee NGOs first targets of new parliament

BUDAPEST, Hungary  | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) An official from newly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing populist party says a draft law targeting refugee advocates could be approved by the legislature as soon as May. Fidesz parliamentary spokesman Janos Halasz said Monday that the party would be able to push through the so-called … Continue reading BUDAPEST| Hungary: Pro-refugee NGOs first targets of new parliament

BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Hungary plans to pass ‘Stop Soros’ anti-NGO bill

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the decisive electoral victory of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Capitalizing on its sweeping election victory, Hungary’s governing Fidesz party says it could push through the so-called “Stop Soros” laws targeting civic groups and people … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Hungary plans to pass ‘Stop Soros’ anti-NGO bill

BUDAPEST, Hungary |The Latest: Conservative German minister congratulates Orban

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the decisive electoral victory of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Germany’s conservative interior minister is welcoming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “very clear election victory” and warning the European Union against showing arrogance. Horst Seehofer … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary |The Latest: Conservative German minister congratulates Orban

BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Luxembourg FM assails Orban’s ‘scaremongering’

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on the decisive electoral victory of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Luxembourg’s foreign minister says Germany, France and others should weigh in against what he calls a “tumor” of scaremongering after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Luxembourg FM assails Orban’s ‘scaremongering’

BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Strong voter turnout in Hungarian election

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on Hungary’s parliamentary election (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Hungarian election officials say voter turnout in the country’s parliamentary election 90 minutes before polls close has already exceeded the total turnout for the 2014 elections. National Election Office figures indicated that 63.2 percent of eligible voters … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Strong voter turnout in Hungarian election

BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Experts: High turnout could reshape Hungary govt

BUDAPEST, Hungary | April 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on Hungary’s parliamentary election (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Experts say the large turnout in Hungary’s parliamentary election could “dramatically change” the country’s politics. Tamas Boros of the Policy Solutions think-tank says the high voter figures mean either “overwhelming support” for Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s severe … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | The Latest: Experts: High turnout could reshape Hungary govt