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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán suffered a stinging rebuke from his European political allies on Wednesday when the EU’s parliament voted for the first time to(...)

Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman said the agency’s primary concern was with the law and the “vague wording” and “overly broad application of the Electoral Act”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It all comes back to the legislation. The lack of clarity in the Electoral Acts around funding, foreign donations and the definition of political pur(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: the Bill would allow jailing of NGO workers who help people who are not eligible for asylum in Hungary.  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo

The United Nations refugee agency has joined growing international criticism of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s bid to criminalise non-govern(...)

George Soros, founder and the Open Society Foundations. Open Society said Viktor Orban’s campaign had “invoked anti-Semitic imagery from World War II”. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

A major foundation funded by liberal philanthropist George Soros is closing its regional headquarters in Hungary, due to what it calls “an increasingl(...)

T-Mobile US has agreed to acquire Sprint for $26.5 billion (€21.5 billion) in stock, a wager that the carriers can team up to build a next-generation (...)

Young men in the Roma district of Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, collecting recyclable plastic refuse. It is probably the main source of income in the city for the marginalised Roma community. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

While in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, people were preparing to celebrate a decade of independence this month, in the northern city of Mitrovica it was (...)

Dr Padraic Kenna: Guide sets out how existing EU law should be routinely applied. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

A guide aimed at helping borrowers in mortgage distress and those facing eviction to fight for their rights has been published by the Centre for Housi(...)

Amnesty International Ireland - headed by executive director Colm O’Gorman - is   refusing to return the money and has described Sipo’s demand as ‘unreasonable and unjust’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The George Soros-funded organisation behind a controversial €137,000 donation to Amnesty International Ireland has accused the Standards in Public Off(...)

‘A blanket ban on foreign funding can never be human rights compliant,’ said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restrictions on the right of non-governmental organisations to receive foreign funding breach EU, UN and Council of Europe legal obligations and threa(...)

Amnesty International’s chief executive, Colm O’Gorman. Photograph: Alan Betson

The foreign foundation that gave money to Amnesty to support its campaign on abortion has taken issue with the Standards in Public Office Commission ((...)

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