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Hungary leader grapples with EU as corruption concerns rise

FOX News

FILE - In this Friday, April 6, 2018, file photo, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's pauses while delivering a speech during the final electoral rally of his Fidesz party in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of EU funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered over 470,000 signatures to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into joining the budding European Public Prosecutor's Office as Orban's Fidesz party may be suspended or expelled next week from the main center-right group in the European Parliament, it was announced Thursday, March 14, 2019(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File) FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file picture, participants in the 20th Budapest Pride march in front of the Varkert Bazar, the Castle Gardens Bazaar at the foot of Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary. As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of EU funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered over 470,000 signatures to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into joining the budding European Public Prosecutor's Office as Orban's Fidesz party may be suspended or expelled next week from the main center-right group in the European Parliament, it was announced Thursday, March 14, 2019 (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP, File) BUDAPEST, Hungary – As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds.


Does Hungary's relationship with Russia send a message to the EU?

Al Jazeera

The leaders of Hungary and Russia have announced an increase in energy agreements - both gas and nuclear - in their first international meeting after controversies in both countries. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir said after a meeting on Tuesday that two Russian-built nuclear reactors would be installed in the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in central Hungary. The announcement comes less than a week after the European Parliament voted for disciplinary action against Hungary citing its flouting of the EU's democratic norms, and as Russia continues to be blamed for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK. Although Hungary "followed the British exampled and expelled one Russian diplomat [following the alleged poison attack]", Peter Kreko, the director of the Political Capital Institute, a Hungarian think tank, told Al Jazeera, " I don't think Skripal was on the agenda at the meeting". Orban is often said to have created the EU's first "illiberal democracy" and has long touted Hungary's close relationship with the Kremlin, often to the ire of the EU.


EU Parliament demands action into Hungary's rule of law

Al Jazeera

The European Parliament has voted on a resolution that demands action against Hungary, a member state, amid deep concerns about the deterioration in human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Parliament's resolution, backed by 393 deputies to 221 against, sends a strong signal to Budapest that its actions are being closely monitored. Wednesday's condemnation of "serious deterioration" in the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary could start a process that could theoretically lead to Budapest losing its EU voting rights. "Recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights which is testing the EU's ability to defend its founding values," the parliament said in a statement. But the European Union's rule of unanimity means the nationalist-minded government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is unlikely to be stripped of its voting rights as its ally Poland could veto such a move.


EU commissioner calls on Hungary to comply with asylum rules

AP World Headlines

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's new legislation allowing for the detention of asylum-seekers in shipping containers at border camps took effect Tuesday, with the European Union's commissioner for migration saying that it needs to comply with the bloc's rules.


Hungarian workers protest over 'slavery law', students join in

Al Jazeera

Budapest, Hungary - Thousands of Hungarians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against a proposed new labour law and for more academic freedom in the country. Inspired by the French protests, trade union members wore yellow jackets for their march to capital Budapest's Kossuth Lajos Square, the site of the country's parliament, on Saturday. Various trade unions in Hungary are protesting against a change to the labour law proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party that critics have dubbed a "slavery law". The draft bill, introduced earlier this week, seeks to allow employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work a year. If passed, the law would add an extra eight working hours to a week or result in a six-day work week.