Tag: Hungary

Setback for Orban as Opposition in Hungary Gains Ground in Elections

BUDAPEST — Voters in Budapest and other Hungarian cities handed a stinging defeat on Sunday to the country’s populist leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and his political machine, sending a wave of opposition candidates to victory in local elections. Overcoming the governing party’s nearly complete domination of the news media and the state, opposition candidates […]

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American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia

SZOLNOK, Hungary — Secretive, behind-the-lines mission rehearsals and other operations by 1,400 American and allied commandos to combat shifting Russian threats have laid bare a fundamental tension in the Trump administration: While the president courts Moscow, much of his government considers it an increasingly dangerous foe. Just days before President Trump made light of Russia’s […]

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European Heat Wave? It’s the New Normal

Temperatures started to soar across Europe on Wednesday, with authorities from Paris to Warsaw issuing heat alerts, canceling events and bracing for potentially record heat across the region. Meteorologists say the temperatures, a result of a warm air mass traveling north from Africa, could climb well above the typical June average to 40 degrees Celsius, […]

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Europe Is Bracing for a Heat Wave. It’s the New Normal.

Temperatures were set to soar across Europe beginning on Wednesday, with authorities from Paris to Warsaw issuing heat alerts, canceling events and bracing for potentially record heat across the region. Meteorologists say the temperatures, a result of a warm air mass traveling north from Africa, could climb well above the typical June average to 40 […]

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Oligarch of the Month: Viktor Orbán

During a busy May that saw his “infrastructure week” flop and his bellicose posturing toward Iran temporarily thwarted, President Donald Trump found time to roll out the red carpet for Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary. Since his election nine years ago, Orbán has built a razor wire fence, caged refugees in shipping containers, […]

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After Budapest Boat Accident, Fading Hope and a Criminal Inquiry

BUDAPEST — For the South Korean tourists aboard the Mermaid, an 89-foot double-decker boat, it was one of the most anticipated parts of their Danube river cruise: sailing past the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. The boat was passing under the Margaret Bridge on Wednesday night when a much larger sightseeing ship, the 442-foot Viking Sigyn, […]

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After Budapest Boat Accident, Fading Hopes for Survivors

BUDAPEST — For the South Korean tourists aboard the Mermaid, an 89-foot double-decker boat, it was one of the most anticipated parts of their Danube river cruise: sailing past the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. The boat was passing under the Margaret Bridge on Wednesday night when a much larger sightseeing ship, the 442-foot Viking Sigyn, […]

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Boat Sinks in Danube, Killing at Least Three and Leaving 16 Missing

BUDAPEST — A boat capsized and sank in the Danube River in Budapest just before midnight on Wednesday, leaving at least three people dead and 16 unaccounted for, Hungary’s state news media reported. Under heavy rainfall, rescuers managed to bring 14 people to shore, the state news agency MTI reported. Including passengers and crew, there […]

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The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe

For years, Europe maintained the comforting notion that it was earnestly confronting anti-Semitism after the horrors of the Holocaust. It now faces the alarming reality that anti-Semitism is sharply on the rise, often from the sadly familiar direction of the far right, but also from Islamists and the far left. The worrisome trend was underscored […]

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