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Macedonia's fugitive former PM seeks asylum in Hungary

Granting Nikola Gruevski’s request could further strain relations with Brussels Hungarian authorities are considering an asylum request from Nikola Gruevski, the fugitive former prime minister…

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Austria’s losses in the first world war | Letters

Anne Summers rebuts a claim that Austria only lost its ‘overseas territories’ at the end of the war It is simply untrue to state that…

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Why Brexit is just a sideshow for an EU beset by problems on all sides

Italy is in meltdown, Hungary in open revolt, and the US wants a trade war. Small wonder Europe’s leaders haven’t got much time for us…

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Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia… tyranny’s contagion spreads around the world | Nick Cohen

The US would once have acted against such leaders. Trump now offers an example History will record that when states murdered journalists or used the…

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EU criticises Austria for not signing UN global migration pact

European commission speaks of regret at Vienna joining Hungary in snubbing compact Brussels has spoken out against Austria’s decision to join Hungary in not signing…

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Hungary court acquits 'morally incorrect' journalist who kicked refugees

Supreme court rules Petra László was incorrectly charged over 2015 incident on Serbian border A Hungarian television camera operator who made headlines in 2015 after…

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Hungary’s university loss is Austria’s gain | Brief letters

Central European University | The Simpsons | Clocks going back | Dishwashers | Neoliberalism Tucked away on page 30 of last Friday’s Guardian was the…

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University founded by George Soros 'forced out' of Hungary

Central European University plans to move to Vienna next year after moves against it by Hungarian government A university founded by the philanthropist George Soros…

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Empire breakup: states demanding independence – archive, October 1918

The aftermath of the first world war sees declarations of independence and the foundation of new states including Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland While an attempt…

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The Guardian view on populism: belonging not believing | Editorial

When religious and nationalist longings combine, progressives need a powerful counter-narrative The regional elections in Bavaria resulted in a crushing defeat for the CSU party,…

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Hungary's homeless fear they are Viktor Orbán's next target

A ban on street sleeping from the rightwing government comes into force next week Many countries have struggled to deal with the issue of homelessness…

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'Long way from party of Churchill and Thatcher' – Hillary Clinton condemns Tories for backing Orbán – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Dominic Raab’s statement to MPs about developments in the Brexit talks Lunchtime summary 3.20pm…

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Hillary Clinton on Tories: a long way from parties of Thatcher and Churchill – video

Hillary Clinton has condemned ‘conservatives in Brussels’ who voted to shield the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, ‘including British MPs’. ‘They’ve come a long way…

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Hillary Clinton criticises Tory MEPs over failure to censure Hungary

Former US presidential nominee says British Tories have come a long way since the days of Thatcher and Churchill Hillary Clinton has criticised Conservative MEPs…

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A picnic helped unite Europe in 1989. Time for another one | Eric Jozsef

A ‘pan-European picnic’ helped defeat communism. This time the enemy is populism On 19 August 1989, just outside the small Hungarian city of Sopron, in…

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You Rang, M'Lord: why do Hungarians love this dodgy old British sitcom?

The Upstairs Downstairs spoof has been forgotten in Britain. But in Hungary, kids still name their pets after the cast. Our writer travels to Budapest…

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Here’s how to beat the populists: stop talking about immigration | Natalie Nougayrède

The way to take on Orbán and Salvini is to point out the dangers they pose to everyday freedoms and the rule of law While…

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Hungarian PM thanks UK Tory MEPs who voted against sanctions

Viktor Orbán expresses gratitude for ‘solidarity’ of MEPs who voted against action The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has thanked Conservative MEPs for their “solidarity”…

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Former Tory MEP leader criticises party's stance on supporting Hungary

Conservatives voted against EU sanctions process to protect democracy in Hungary A former Conservative MEP leader has condemned the party’s decision to vote with Viktor…

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Macron urges EU leaders to stand firm against Theresa May

French president says EU should resist prime minister’s calls for compromise on Brexit Emmanuel Macron has appealed to his fellow EU leaders to maintain their…

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Andrzej Krauze on the EU – cartoon

The European project is hampered by populists, despite hopeful developments such as the parliament’s vote to take action against Hungary’s backsliding Continue reading… Powered by…

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Hungary vows to keep up fight against EU border protection

Defiant Viktor Orbán said he will resist centralised control and pro-migration policies Hungary has said it will resist any EU-wide attempt to strip it of…

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Tory MEPs criticised by Jewish and Muslim groups for Hungary vote

Conservatives condemned after opposing action to condemn Orbán’s government Jewish and Muslim leaders have criticised Conservative MEPs for voting against measures to censure Hungary, saying…

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Tory MEPs voted to protect Orbán the authoritarian. This is a stain on Britain | Steven Allen

Hungary’s government threatens the rule of law, but British MEPs still refused to back a European move to discipline it Those who don’t follow European…

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MEPs vote to pursue action against Hungary over Orbán crackdown

Parliament votes for first time to trigger article 7 procedure against a member state The European parliament has voted to start a punitive procedure against…

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Hungary punished for not being 'country of migrants', claims Orbán

Orbán defiant as EU parliament considers sanctions over the erosion of judicial freedoms in Hungary Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, claimed his country was being…

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My country is being poisoned by populism. The EU must stand with Hungary | Ádám Fischer

I conduct orchestras all over the world, and I know that only if we work together can we have harmony Human rights are under attack…

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MEPs urged to take rule of law stand against Hungary

Parliament to vote on whether to trigger little-used legal sanction against Viktor Orbán Members of the European parliament are being urged to take a stand…

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Europe’s future hangs in balance, says head of a Budapest university

Michael Ignatieff speaks out as MEPs prepare to vote on whether Hungary’s policies under Viktor Orbán breach EU values The rector of the liberal Budapest…

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State control over academic freedom in Hungary threatens all universities

The Hungarian government’s clampdown on gender studies and research into migration sets a dangerous precedent Universities in Hungary are under serious pressure. They are facing…

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Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán to present anti-migrant plan to Brussels

Italian interior minister and Hungarian PM will discuss ‘alternative strategies’ in meeting Two of Europe’s most vocal anti-migrant leaders, the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini,…

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EU urged to step in after Romania protests led to violence

European commission called on to defend rule of law in wake of injuries at protests EU authorities are facing calls to defend the rule of…

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How prepared is the EU for a future surge in migrant arrivals?

Migration numbers have fallen since 2015 peak, but countries are still grappling with the political and practical fallout Related: The irrational fear of migrants carries…

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Orbán tightens grip on Hungary as opposition's power wanes

Prime minister’s foe, Lajos Simicska, whose media outlets provided opportunities for criticism, has seen his empire dismantled In Hungary, where anti-migration prime minister Viktor Orbán…

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The best answer to Holocaust denial is getting the facts right

Professor Eve Rosenhaft of the University of Liverpool writes to correct a historical error in a piece about the vandalising of Elie Wiesel’s house in…

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Brussels opens legal proceedings over Hungary's 'Stop Soros' law

European commission sends letter of notice saying Hungary is in breach of rights charter The Hungarian government is in breach of the EU’s charter of…

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Five human rights we should enjoy – while we still can | Van Badham

In case warnings of impending fascism have merit, here’s a bucket list of rights to tick off Fascism is a political philosophy. It exalts the…

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Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev

The breakup of Yugoslavia fed the belief that flag-waving leads to bloodshed. But this eroded support for the centre ground and fuelled ethnic-based intolerance ‘I’ve…

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US and Canada are most inclusive to immigrant citizens, global study finds

Three-quarters view immigrants who are citizens as ‘real’ residents, the most positive response in 27-country survey Amid the travel ban, the inhumane treatment of children…

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MEPs vote to activate sanction process against Hungary

Ministers opt to launch procedure over rule of law violations under Viktor Orbán British Conservatives are under fire in Brussels after voting against triggering an…

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Americans have most inclusive attitude to immigrants, global study finds

Three-quarters of Americans view immigrants who are citizens as ‘real Americans’, the most positive response in 27-country survey Amid the travel ban, the inhumane treatment…

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MEPs could activate sanction process against Hungary

Ministers will vote on whether to open disciplinary procedure over rule of law violations The European parliament could vote to trigger an EU sanction process…

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Migration is threat to EU free travel area, says Italian prime minister

Giuseppe Conte presents 10-point plan to solve migration crisis at emergency summit Italy has warned the future of the EU’s border-free travel zone is at…

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Hungary is making a mockery of ‘EU values’. It’s time to kick it out | Owen Jones

Criminalising help for refugees is a sign of Viktor Orbán’s growing authoritarianism. Europe cannot afford to ignore it It’s time for the European Union to…

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Demagogues and charlatans are stoking fear, says Joe Biden

Former US vice-president compares situation to 1930s as migration convulses politics The former US vice-president Joe Biden has accused “demagogues and charlatans” of stirring up…

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Billy Elliot musical axes dates in Hungary amid claims it could 'turn children gay’

Ticket sales fall after media outlets close to PM say show promotes ‘deviant way of life’ The Hungarian State Opera House has cancelled 15 performances…

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Hungarian nationalist rock opera to retell 1920s grievances

Treaty that sliced up territory after first world war remains a source of anti-liberal sentiment The signing of a 1920 peace treaty does not immediately…

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Hungary passes anti-immigrant 'Stop Soros' laws

Legislation approved by parliament restricts ability of NGOs to help in asylum claims Hungary’s parliament has passed a series of laws that criminalise any individual…

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Hungary steps up anti-immigration stance with plans for NGO tax

Government also resubmits bill to criminalise those deemed to be helping illegal immigration The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to…

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People-smuggling gang jailed over Hungary migrant lorry deaths

Four key suspects sentenced to 25 years each over deaths of 71 people in back of lorry Four members of a people-smuggling gang have each…

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The Sunday Essay: how we all colluded in Fortress Europe | Kenan Malik

In a keynote speech in Budapest last week, the Observer columnist argued that hostility to migrants is not a fringe project – mainstream politicians have…

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A Woman Captured review – brave and up-close story of modern slavery

This traumatic documentary about a Hungarian woman forced into domestic servitude is an outstanding example of how film-making can make a difference It seems scarcely…

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Liberal Hungarian university warns Viktor Orbán could force it abroad

Michael Ignatieff of Budapest-based Central European University says institution has been left in limbo after Viktor Orbán questioned its legal status Central European University is…

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Hungary to criminalise migrant helpers with ‘Stop Soros’ legislation

Jail terms will be imposed on people or groups deemed to be aiding illegal immigrants Viktor Orbán’s government has introduced a controversial set of laws…

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No entry: Hungary's crackdown on helping refugees

Parliament debates bill that could lead to activists and lawyers facing jail time The border between Hungary and Serbia is already one of the most…

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The pros and cons of a second EU referendum | Letters

Democracy was subverted in the Brexit vote, says Molly Scott Cato, Robin Henry argues that George Soros’s involvement will be toxic, plus letters from John…

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Viktor Orbán: re-election of Hungary’s anti-immigrant leader is major challenge for EU

Brussels now confronting a country at the heart of the continent that is making an exit from the bloc’s liberal values, but continuing to pick…

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Hungary election: OSCE monitors deliver damning verdict

Observers found ‘intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque financing’ International observers have delivered a damning verdict on the parliamentary election in Hungary, complaining…

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Hungary's liberals brace for a torrid four years after Orbán's landslide

Crushing victory means PM has power to remould Hungary and possibly even the entire EU Viktor Orbán embarks on another four years in power newly…

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Boris Johnson slated for congratulating Viktor Orbán after election win

Foreign secretary’s message to Hungarian PM follows the Fidesz party’s campaign based primarily on an anti-migration platform Boris Johnson has been criticised for congratulating Hungary’s…

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Orbán’s Hungary is not the future of Europe: it represents a dying past | Cas Mudde

The declining birthrate and brain drain are likely to continue, as a fearful Hungary turns in on itself ever further On Sunday Hungarians went to…

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Orbán: election victory gives us mandate to pass 'Stop Soros' laws

Hungarian leader says package of bills targeting civil society will be pushed through parliament Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has promised to push through a…

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Beware the chameleon strongmen of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

The danger of leaders like Viktor Orbán and Aleksandar Vučić isn’t just ideology but the ruthlessness with which they exploit public opinion Two weeks before…

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Hungarian journalists admit role in forging anti-migrant 'atmosphere of fear'

Employees of state TV network describe how channels pumped out pro-government messaging ahead of Victor Orbán’s election victory this week A leading editor at Hungary’s…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the…

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Thousands rally against Viktor Orbán's election victory in Budapest

Disgruntled youth protest an ‘unfair’ electoral system and the left’s failure to unite in opposition Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against what…

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Sting operations and war on migration help Orbán to victory

Was there a hidden strategy in play behind Hungarian PM’s election victory? One day in mid-January, Balázs Dénes, the Hungarian executive director of a Berlin-based…

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Andrzej Krauze on Viktor Orbán’s re-election – cartoon

Hungary’s prime minister has won another term in office – to the delight of Europe’s far right Continue reading… Powered by WPeMatico

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Crackdown prompts Soros's Open Society to quit Budapest

Grantmaking body acts after civil society restrictions planned by re-elected PM Viktor Orbán George Soros’s Open Society Foundations has revealed plans to close its Budapest…

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Brexit is boosting Viktor Orbán’s ability to disrupt the EU | Milan Nič

Hungary’s prime minister is trying to cultivate ties with Eurosceptic and anti-immigration leaders across the continent Tens of thousands of Hungarians have been protesting against…

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Viktor Orbán: our duty is to protect Hungary's Christian culture

Ahead of re-election as prime minister, rightwinger talks of building a ‘Christian democracy’ Viktor Orbán has said the main task of his new government will…

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The EU’s core values are under attack as never before. It must defend them | Timothy Garton Ash

As Hungarian-style authoritarianism spreads, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party should be expelled from its European parliament grouping Boris Johnson should change his name and move to…

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