Hungary's anti-EU billboards were covered up as the man tipped to be the new European Commission chief rolled into Budapest. They were concealed on the road from the airport into the city centre — but only in one direction as the photo above shows. The cover-up happened as Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party, the largest group in the European Parliament, arrived in the Hungarian capital. Weber was there on Tuesday to try and resolve a rift with Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz's party over the anti-EU and anti-Soros billboard campaign. Weber told reporters "We had talks in a constructive atmosphere but the problems are not yet solved." The posters show US philanthropist George Soros and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and accuse them of supporting illegal migration. They read: "You have a right to know what Brussels is planning." Some billboards were covered up but only the ones facing Weber on his way from the airport to the meeting, as … [Read more...] about Hungary covers up some anti-EU posters during Manfred Weber’s visit
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A media report in Hungary claimed that the country has accepted around 300 refugees from crisis-struck Venezuela. An article on the news website index.hu said Venezuelans with Hungarian ancestry are being brought into the country under a government programme with the help of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. Euronews contacted the charity which said it couldn't answer questions "regarding the current political situation in Venezuela, diplomatic processes and the news that you can see in the media in the interest of the people involved." An unnamed source confirmed to Euronews that the article was accurate and said thought charity could be unwilling to confirm the existence of the programme due to fears it could be shut down. The report on Index said that around 5,000 Hungarians emigrated to Venezuela, most after World War II. It's understood that the charity is helping to transfer the descendants of these people to Hungary, by providing airline tickets, housing, … [Read more...] about Hungary accepts ‘hundreds of Venezuelan people with Hungarian ancestry’
It was a quiet and peaceful week, if you don't count the diplomatic row between France and Italy. Row is probably the wrong word, it was rather a fight or a clash never seen since 1940. And we all know how that ended. We had trouble finding voices of reason – even in the European Parliament. Family affair Italy's Deputy prime-minister Luigi de Maio gave his backing to the French Yellow Vests in the last week. This led the french government to react in a way not seen since World War II. Paris recalled its ambassador to Rome. Accusations flew. MEPS from both countries say they are like family, but have different interpretations of the crisis. Nathalie Griesbeck, Democratic Movement/ALDE, France "Italy and France are like two cousins; two sisters. There are rivalries between the League, former Northern League, and the 5 Stars Movement. So there are several issues at stake, but I think that my country did well in saying enough with these provocations" The Italian side points out the … [Read more...] about State of the Union: Friends and foes, Varoufakis comeback and Hungary baby boom
THIS week’s episode of Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil looks at the 2015 migrant crisis and how it affected the EU. The documentary is the inside story of how European leaders fought over how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants coming in to the continent. What is Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil about? The three part series charts a decade of turbulence faced by the European Union which faces an uncertain future. Episode one was about how ex-Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum, and his attempts to strike a new deal on issues such as immigration in Brussels in order to win it. Episode two tells how the Greek financial crisis threatened to spread and destroy not just the Euro, but the world economy. And how the medicine prescribed by the EU paved the way for populism - of both right and left. The third episode explained how the arrival of refugees and migrants divided European leaders and left the EU hanging in the balance. What time … [Read more...] about Inside Europe 10 Years of Turmoil: What was the 2015 migrant crisis and how did it affect the EU?
By Michelle NicholsUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States found itself isolated in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Monday over Washington's concerns about the promotion of abortion and a voluntary plan to address the global refugee crisis.gi Only Hungary backed the United States and voted against an annual resolution on the work of the U.N. refugee agency, while 181 countries voted in favour and three abstained. The resolution has generally been approved by consensus for more than 60 years.However, this year the resolution included approval of a compact on refugees, which was produced by U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi after it was requested by the General Assembly in 2016. The resolution calls on countries to implement the plan.The United States was the only country to oppose the draft resolution last month when it was first negotiated and agreed by the General Assembly human rights committee. It said elements of the text ran counter to its sovereign … [Read more...] about U.S. isolated at U.N. over its concerns about abortion, refugees