Hungary’s Orban Says EU Should First Sign Strategic Partnership Accord With Ukraine

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Union should first sign a strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine instead of starting membership talks with the country, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said on Friday, flagging a way to a possible compromise ahead of a crucial EU summit. The 27 national EU leaders are due to decide in mid-December on … Read more

Hungary Gets Ukrainian Truck Queues as Protests Clog Polish, Slovak Crossings

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s main border crossing with Ukraine saw long queues on Wednesday, the customs authority said, with haulers re-routing from crossings in Poland and Slovakia amid blockades there as truckers seek restrictions on Ukrainian drivers. Trucks at the Poland-Ukraine crossing are backed up for miles as Polish truckers have blocked roads to … Read more

Hungary’s Ruling Party Submits Bill on ‘Protecting National Sovereignty’

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party submitted a bill on “protecting national sovereignty” to parliament on Tuesday to defend against what it called undue political interference by foreign persons or groups. The legislation comes as nationalist Orban, who over the past 13 years has clashed repeatedly with the European … Read more

Hungary Needs to Change the EU, Not Leave It

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary must say no to the current Europe model built in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a congress of his Fidesz party on Saturday, adding that the European Union needs to be changed rather than ditched. Orban again reiterated his government’s opposition to starting talks with Ukraine about its accession … Read more

Hungary’s Orban Seeks to Stir Support With Survey Questioning EU Policies, Ukraine Membership

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s government sent out a survey to its citizens on Friday questioning whether the European Union should allocate more funds to Ukraine or grant it membership, in a move analysts said was an attempt by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to boost support. Support for Orban’s ruling Fidesz party has fallen by … Read more

Enlargement Will Protect Western Balkans From Malign Influences -EU’s Michel

[ad_1] ZAGREB (Reuters) – Enlargement of the European Union will make the wealthy 27-bloc safer and more prosperous and also secure stability and peace for the Western Balkan countries, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday. Last week, the EU’s executive commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova should start negotiations on EU membership pending … Read more