The developers of Sputnik V list Serbia, Argentina, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates among countries that have approved the vaccine. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Hungary has agreed to buy enough doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to inoculate 1 million people against coronavirus, becoming the first EU member t(...)

People  queue to get  Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a vaccination centre in the GUM State Department store in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

Hungary has become the first European Union country to give initial approval to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, amid complaints from some memb(...)

A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. He said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but “we can slo(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

Prime minister Viktor Orban’s “defence” of the nation against migrants and diatribes against a “meddling” Brussels are broadly popular in Hungary. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s government has broken ranks with the European Union by refusing to condemn Turkey’s invasion of Syria and saying it is in the Hungarian nati(...)

A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter fires during clashes in the border town of Ras al-Ain on Sunday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has ordered all remaining US forces in northeast Syria to withdraw in the face of a growing Turkish military assault, risking an escalati(...)

Onlookers watch the rescue operation at the  Margrit bridge in Budapest, where the Hableány sank on Wednesday after a collision with a larger cruise ship. Photograph: Noemi Bruzak/EPA

Hungarian divers struggled on Friday to reach the wreck of a pleasure boat that sank in the Danube river during a sightseeing trip in Budapest, killin(...)

Flowers and candles are placed on the riverbank to pay tribute to the victims of the capsized boat near Margaret Bridge  in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph:  Zoltan Balogh/EPA/Hungary OUT

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said on Friday he had asked for a thorough investigation into a boat accident on the Danube River in central Bu(...)

Liviu Dragnea had dominated the PSD and ran the government from behind the scenes, engineering the removal of two prime ministers. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Liviu Dragnea, the head of Romania’s ruling party and de facto leader of its government, started a 3½-year jail sentence on Monday after a Bucharest c(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban (right) receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on an official visit to Hungary. Photograph: EPA/Balazs Szecsodi

The United States has pledged to deepen its engagement with central Europe to counter the influence of China and Russia, and urged Hungary and its nei(...)

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