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Coronavirus is a chance for authoritarian leaders to tighten their grip

Hungary’s prime minister for one insists extreme measures are only to fight the pandemic, others…

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Hungary's emergency law 'incompatible with being in EU', say MEPs group

Measures voted on Monday will allow Viktor Orbán to rule by decree without time limits…

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Hungary: jail terms for spreading coronavirus misinformation

New law means Viktor Orbán could get carte blanche to rule by decree, critics warn…

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The Guardian view on Hungary's coronavirus law: Orbán's power grab | Editorial

The pandemic has allowed one of Europe’s most authoritarian leaders to marginalise critics and political…

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Lack of testing raises fears of coronavirus surge in eastern Europe

Concerns health services could buckle and, in some countries, democracy could be further undermined Coronavirus…

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Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree

Government says legislation is a necessary response to coronavirus but critics fear it is open…

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Josh Frydenberg to learn if he's ineligible to sit in the Australian parliament

Federal court judgment has potential to eject the treasurer from parliament as he puts together…

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Our far-right policies have popular support | Letter

A spokesperson of the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, responds to a Journal article discussing the…

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European countries take radical steps to combat coronavirus

Evidence grows that outbreak is easing in South Korea and has passed its peak in…

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Laszlo Heltay obituary

My friend Laszlo Heltay, who has died aged 89, was a conductor and choral director…

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'Baby bonuses' fit the nationalist agenda – but do they work?

Social conservatism underlies policies in Hungary and Poland aimed at boosting birthrates Nationalised IVF clinics,…

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The crisis of the centre-right could rot the European Union from within | Jan-Werner Müller

From Hungary to the UK, mainstream conservatives have capitulated to the authoritarianism of the far…

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The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength | Editorial

In challenging times, the world needs the EU to be at the top of its…

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Does electing a leader with Jewish roots prove Jobbik has changed?

Hungarian political party says it is no longer far right, but its shift should not…

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For the new right, Hungary is now what Venezuela once was for the left | Nick Cohen

Across the world, conservatives are taking inspiration from Orbán, embracing extremism When the death of…

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Life after Auschwitz | podcast

Ivor Perl and Susan Pollack were 12 and 13 when they were transported to Auschwitz….

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The Guardian view on Holocaust Memorial Day: as necessary as ever | Editorial

The horrors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps will soon be lost to living…

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Soros gives $1bn to fund universities 'and stop drift towards authoritarianism'

Philanthropist unveils plan for global network of institutions at Davos and attacks Trump as ‘ultimate…

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Make no mistake: Poland and Hungary aren’t the only EU states abusing the law | Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

Countries from Britain to Greece are guilty of democratic backsliding. And that threatens the integrity…

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Hungary for Brexit: Orbán praises Johnson and Trump

Far-right leader, known as conspiracy theorist, backs PM as ex-No 10 aide predicts close ties…

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Poverty-stricken Hungarians are easy pickings for traffickers on Facebook

Promises of a better life in many social media posts are often a trap for…

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The pastor versus the populist: Hungary’s new faith faultline

Victor Orbán claims to run a ‘Christian’ government, but one of his former allies has…

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Fat, hairy, delicious: the fight to save Hungary's mangalica pigs

Back from the brink, African swine fever now threatens pigs behind ‘unique’ prized pork Bred…

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The Guardian view on the rise of Christian-nativist populists: a troubling sign of things to come | Editorial

Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by…

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With its lurch to the right, Britain is no longer special in Europe | Stefan Bielik

The left are crushed. The UK government is starting to look like just another authoritarian…

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Islands in the illiberal storm: central European cities vow to stand together

Mayors of Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest agree to protect common values The mayors of…

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The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s laws: controlling culture | Editorial

The backlash over Hungary’s new theatre legislation is not just political drama. It is a…

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Migration v climate: Europe's new political divide

As in Hungary, activists are demanding climate action but politicians say biggest threat comes from…

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Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBT rhetoric

No reason given for withdrawal from show, called ‘homosexual flotilla’ by pro-Orbán journalist Hungary will…

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Classes move to Vienna as Hungary makes rare decision to oust university

CEU opens Austria campus as Orbán’s government strips it of ability to issue US degrees…

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Meeting George Soros – podcast

Shaun Walker has spent years covering Russia and eastern Europe and watched how the billionaire…

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The Guardian view on the fall of the Berlin Wall: history’s lessons | Editorial

It was hailed as the definitive triumph of liberal democracy. Thirty years on, the lessons…

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Donald Tusk tipped to take charge of EU centre-right group

Outgoing EU council leader’s new role could set up clash with Hungary’s Viktor Orbán Donald…

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Surge of rightwing populism in eastern Europe is part of a global trend | Letter

The long read discussing the cause of illiberal movements in countries such as Poland and…

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Poll reveals majority of eastern Europeans 'fearful for democracy'

Survey across seven countries reveals widespread unease 30 years after fall of Berlin Wall Thirty…

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Democracy is under attack in post-Wall Europe – but the spirit of 1989 is fighting back | Timothy Garton Ash

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s velvet revolutions, a new…

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Anti-LGBT rhetoric stokes tensions in eastern Europe

Politicians and church leaders are stirring homophobia to rally bases and provoke fear among voters…

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How liberalism became ‘the god that failed’ in eastern Europe

After communism fell, the promises of western liberalism to transform central and eastern Europe were…

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Newly elected mayor of Budapest set to show EU Hungary liberal side

Gergely Karácsony was elected on Sunday beating Viktor Orbán’s far-right candidate The newly elected mayor…

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How communist Europe was swept by a tide of change – archive, 1989

Demonstrations calling for democratic reform spread across eastern Europe in the autumn of 1989. See…

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30 years after communism, east Europeans divided over democracy's impact

Pew research reveals very different views on whether countries are better off today Thirty years…

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Britons in Europe face citizens' rights 'lottery' in event of no deal

Requirements and costs of staying put abroad after Brexit vary across EU member states Tens…

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Election results give hope to opposition in Poland and Hungary

Analysts say tactic of cooperation against nationalist parties appears to be working A narrower-than-expected win…

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Opposition parties' candidate wins Budapest mayoral race

Gergely Karacsony’s victory is one of many defeats across Hungary for Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party…

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Opposition parties face 'existential' battle in Poland and Hungary

Polish elections and local polls in Hungary offer chance to claw back ground from nationalists…

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György Konrád obituary

Hungarian author, sociologist and essayist who was on his country’s list of forbidden authors from…

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The Guardian view on a changing EU: leaving Britain behind | Editorial

Brexiters routinely underestimate the resilience of the European project and overstate their own importance on…

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Ryanair urge UK pilots to transfer overseas or face job losses

Airline says number of pilots must be reduced at bases such as Stansted and Manchester…

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'The mystery must be resolved': what befell Swede who saved Hungarian Jews?

Raoul Wallenberg is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Jews but his descendants…

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For authoritarians, stifling the arts is of a piece with demonising minorities | Elif Shafak

As well as misogyny and homophobia, censorship is now a weapon for the popular right…

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Hungary faces EU disciplinary action over alleged rule of law violations

Interior minister called to answer to charges including erosion of press freedom and judicial independence…

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Viktor Orbán’s choice for EU commissioner faces 'rough ride'

As justice minister, László Trócsányi oversaw laws that put Hungary and EU in conflict Viktor…

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The Guardian view on demography and politics: nationalist narratives must be challenged | Editorial

Women’s autonomy and reproductive rights must be upheld as far-right ideas gain ground The speech…

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Viktor Orbán trumpets Hungary's 'procreation, not immigration' policy

Hungarian PM invokes far-right ‘great replacement’ theory at Budapest demography summit Procreate or face extinction:…

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Tony Abbott attacks migrants 'swarming' to Europe while praising far-right PM of Hungary

Former Australian PM says migrants come ‘with a grievance’ and criticises Prince Harry and Meghan…

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How a pan-European picnic brought down the Iron Curtain

On 19 August 1989, Hungarians and Austrians gathered in friendship at the border, paving the…

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Hungary’s far-right government vilifies Finland over rule of law inquiry

PM Viktor Orbán and his spokesman launch series of attacks on Finnish presidency Finland has…

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István Bart obituary

My friend István Bart, who has died aged 74, translated into Hungarian and published the…

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Dóra Maurer review – the dissident who rebelled in colour

Tate Modern, LondonFrom black and white films made in her kitchen to glorious geometric designs,…

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Pro-LGBT Coca-Cola ads spark boycott calls in Hungary

Campaign relating to Sziget Festival criticised by senior member of ruling party Fidesz Advertisements by…

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Campfires, kisses… and rifles: inside Hungary's army camps for kids

Young Hungarian photographer Máté Bartha spent 18 months inside the repressive country’s military style camps…

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Máté Bartha’s Kontakt – Hungary’s military summer youth camps

For his prize-winning series Kontakt, the Hungarian photographer chronicled his country’s nationalistic summer camps •…

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Biblical opera, xenophobic bishops – Viktor Orbán’s Christianity with a twist

Hungary’s leader is tightening his grip and he’s using the Christian message to justify his…

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Another view of modern Hungary | Letter

Dr Zoltán Kovács responds to claims about media freedoms and judicial independence in a column…

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Europe learned from its mistakes in Hungary. It's protecting the law in Poland | Michael Meyer-Resende

A landmark ruling against enforced early retirement for Polish judges shows the EU has woken…

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Putin is right – but the EU shares the blame for the collapse of liberal values | Owen Jones

Rightwing demagogues across the world, including in Europe, go unchecked. Darkness threatens to engulf us…

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I was once Orbán’s ally. I despair at what he has done to Hungary | Zsuzsanna Szelényi

Thirty years ago, I took part in the fight for a new Hungary with a…

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Norman Stone obituary

Historian and controversial media commentator who taught at Cambridge, Oxford and in Turkey One of…

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EU court rules Poland's lowering of judges' retirement age is unlawful

European court of justice decision is blow to nationalist Law and Justice government Poland’s lowering…

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Hong Kong, China and universal values | Letter

Michael Minden says we must grapple with the different realities of those who think and…

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If Hungary’s voting system is unfair then Britain’s is even worse | Letters

In 2015 the Tories got 50.9% of the seats with just 36.9% of the vote,…

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Europe must stop this disgrace: Viktor Orbán is dismantling democracy | Timothy Garton Ash

The Hungarian prime minister is consolidating his illiberal regime – with the help of European…

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Hungarians remember Imre Nagy, hero of '56, as Orban tightens grip

Sunday’s ceremony comes as PM stands accused of trying to rewrite Hungarian history Only a…

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Hungary eyes science research as latest target for state control

Academy will be managed by nationalist government in unprecedented move The Hungarian government is moving…

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Snipping away at the Iron Curtain: when Hungary opened its Austrian border – archive, 1989

The cutting of the border fence between Hungary and Austria in June 1989 showed the…

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More bodies found as Budapest tour boat salvage work begins

Four body bags removed from Mermaid on which at least 20 died in Danube collision…

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The populist right is forging an unholy alliance with religion | Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins and Anton Jäger

From Salvini to Orbán, ethno-nationalists are hijacking religious themes to fuel its agenda. Progressives need…

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Aung San Suu Kyi finds common ground with Orbán over Islam

On a rare trip to Europe, Myanmar leader and Hungary PM discuss issue of ‘growing…

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Tourist boat capsizes in Budapest, killing seven South Koreans– video

At least seven people have died and more than a dozen are missing after a…

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Twenty-one people still missing after boat capsized in Budapest

South Korean authorities and families of passengers due to travel to Hungary Rescue workers are…

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Several dead after river boat capsizes in Budapest

Boat was moored near Hungarian parliament building when it was struck by a tourist vessel…

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European elections 2019: Brexit party leads UK results with Lib Dems in second – live

Across EU, voters boost Greens and far right to leave centrist groups diminished EU election…

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European elections: far right 'surge' ends in a ripple

More nationalists in parliament than ever before but egos and policy differences will hamper formation…

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European elections 2019: final hours of voting before results announced – live

Latest news ahead of vote counts across EU member states, including UK, taking part after…

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No voice, no future? Roma ignored as Europe goes to polls

Europe’s 10 million Roma badly underrepresented at a time when populist forces are trying to…

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Hungary accused of fuelling xenophobia with anti-migrant rhetoric

Council of Europe’s damning report says human rights violations must be urgently addressed Europe’s top…

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Hungary: the crucible for faulty efforts by Facebook to banish fake news

Efforts to tackle abuse have brought the platform into collision with the government The denunciation…

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Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat

The US president’s mission is align with the global right. In Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, he…

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Trump praises Hungary's far-right leader Orbán: 'He’s a respected man' – live

Trump welcomes Viktor Orbán to White House as Pompeo heads to meeting of EU nations…

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Trump lauds Hungary's nationalist PM Orbán for 'tremendous job'

Trump tells visiting PM: ‘You’re respected all over Europe’ Critics attack Orbán for eroding democracy…

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Trump to meet Hungary's nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán – live

Viktor Orbán was snubbed by the Obama administration, which accused him of weakening democracy, and…

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Trump ignores critics and welcomes Hungary's PM Orbán to White House

White House says visit crucial to deepen US ‘re-engagement’ Orbán condemned for eroding democracy and…

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Trump to meet Hungary's nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán– live

Viktor Orbán was snubbed by the Obama administration, which accused him of weakening democracy and…

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Instagram Holocaust diary Eva.Stories sparks debate in Israel

Jewish girl’s life is documented on social media to teach young people about WWII genocide…

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London media agency carries Victor Orbán's nativist message

V4NA, which pumps out stories on dangers of migration, has links to Hungary’s government “Islam…

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Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán to meet Donald Trump at White House

After being shunned by Obama, Orbán’s meeting with Trump is to focus on ‘bilateral relations’…

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Matteo Salvini: vote for nationalist parties to stop 'Islamic caliphate'

Italy’s deputy PM says far right must make European election gains to prevent ‘sad ending’…

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Roger Scruton is not the victim of a leftwing witch-hunt. Here’s why | Zoe Williams

The conservative philosopher has a point about his quotes being taken out of context. But…

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Hungary denying food to asylum seekers, say human rights groups

Some adults whose claims were rejected went without food for up to five days, claim…

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The Guardian view on European elections: one continent, one ballot | Editorial

In the shadow of Brexit, Britain has become one front in a pan-continental battle for…

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Scottish missionary who died at Auschwitz to be honoured in Hungary

March of the Living will be dedicated to Jane Haining, who protected Jewish children in…

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White Porgy and Bess cast ‘forced to say they identify as African-American’

Hungarian singers allegedly told to sign paper to bypass stipulation of an all-black cast The…

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Europe's south and east worry more about emigration than immigration – poll

Exclusive: Survey of 14 countries show some Europeans now favour “emigration controls” Southern and eastern…

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Kató Havas obituary

My grandmother, Kató Havas, who has died aged 98, was a celebrated violinist and violin…

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Eva Bernáthová obituary

My former teacher, Eva Bernáthová, who has died aged 96, was a pianist of exceptional…

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Manfred Weber calls for freezing of Hungarian party's voting rights

European centre-right candidate cites concerns Fidesz was flouting rule of law Manfred Weber, the centre-right’s…

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Geoffrey Cox has no grounds to change his mind on the Northern Ireland backstop | Philippe Sands

Breaking international treaties unilaterally is seldom possible – as I know from personal experience A…

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Viktor Orbán: showdown with EU's centre-right looms for 'mini-Trump'

Hungarian PM may set up nationalist grouping as Brussels’ centre-right group decides whether to expel…

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Viktor Orbán's family values ads mocked for using infidelity image

Government campaign to boost birth rate featured ‘distracted boyfriend’ couple It was meant to be…

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Hungary's Orbán says Fidesz could quit EPP amid anti-Juncker row

Nationalist PM was criticised by leader of centre-right group over billboard attack campaign The Hungarian…

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European parliament bloc set to consider ejecting Viktor Orbán

Hungarian PM’s anti-EU attitude is alienating centre-right European People’s party Viktor Orbán could face renewed…

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Brussels accuses Orbán of peddling conspiracy theory with Junker poster

Campaign claims commission president and George Soros are ‘endangering Hungary’s safety’ The European commission has…

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Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU | Natalie Nougayrède

Mike Pompeo’s wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the union’s very existence,…

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Antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, latest figures show

France reports 74% rise in offences against Jews and Germany records 60% surge in violent…

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Hungary tells UK Jewish group to 'mind its own business' over antisemitism

President of Board of Deputies of British Jews had raised concerns over stance of Hungary’s…

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Eastern European companies fear 'chaos' of no-deal Brexit

Trade with central and eastern Europe already affected and local GDP could shrink by 5%…

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The EU looks like the Soviet Union in 1991 – on the verge of collapse | George Soros

In May’s European elections, anti-EU forces will be on the rise. Those who want to…

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Mike Pompeo to meet Viktor Orbán on tour of central Europe

US secretary of state will dine with Hungarian leader before travelling to other countries The…

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Viktor Orbán: no tax for Hungarian women with four or more children

To boost country’s population growing families better than letting Muslim immigrants in, says PM Hungary’s…

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Viktor Orbán has crossed all the red lines. And no one’s stopped him | Dóra Diseri

Despite weeks of protest in Hungary, it’s clear now the PM can rely on support…

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