Zoltan Kovacs

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European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

 Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban. Mr Orban called Mr Salvini ‘the most important person in Europe today’ for refusing to accept migrants arriving to Italy by ship from north Africa. Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

The United Nations human rights office has called on Hungary to stop denying food to migrants detained in a so-called transit zone on the country’s bo(...)

A  2018 billboard showing Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, which reads, “First he just wanted to take our money, now the unity of Europe is at stake”, outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s nationalist Fidesz party is sending mixed signals on whether it will respond with compromise or confrontation (...)

A protest against a proposed new labour law, billed as the “slave law”, outside the headquarters of Hungarian state television in Budapest. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Thousands of Hungarians who have spent recent nights protesting in icy Budapest intend to make this an uncomfortably hot winter for their premier, Vik(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) sits next to  deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen in the  parliament  in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary has set up a potential clash with Brussels and other EU member states after it passed a law to tighten its control over the judiciary during a(...)

A stairs inside the Central European University  building in Budapest: the university has been forced to move to Vienna. Photograph: Attila Kisbenede

The head of Hungary’s Central European University has called it a “dark day for Europe” as the renowned liberal college announced that it was being fo(...)

Busts of Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and Habsburg nobleman Miklos Zrinyi, whose forces clashed here in 1566. Courtesy of Norbert Pap. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

On a sultry late-summer day in southern Hungary, Prof Norbert Pap forged on through snagging branches and tangled undergrowth, disturbing dragonflies,(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of  partial results of parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, in April. File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

A row over “European values” has led to a severing of links between the Fidesz party of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and the centrist Christi(...)

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(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban celebrates on a podium on the bank of the Danube river after winning the parliamentary election in Budapest on Sunday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said his “decisive” re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appea(...)

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