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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published late on Wednesday.

Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is presiding over a gradual disappearance of independent media in the ex-Communist satellite. Dozens of newspapers and broadcasters critical of Orban have changed hands in recent years, resulting in less public dissent.

The Central European Press...

Hungary's supreme court has acquitted a camerawoman who was filmed tripping and kicking migrants at the border in 2015.

Petra Laszlo had been sentenced to three years' probation for her actions by a lower court.

But the country's top court ruled on Tuesday that she should have been charged with a misdemeanour not a criminal offence, and cleared her.

It said that her actions - which attracted international attention - were "morally incorrect and illicit".

But, it...

Rough sleeping will be banned in Hungary from October 15 when the government's law on homelessness comes into force, giving police the power to remove homeless people from the streets and destroy any shelters they may have built.

The law, banning "habitual residence in a public space", was passed by parliament in June and has been called "cruel" by critics. Under legislation passed in 2013, being homeless was punishable with a fine.

The crackdown "serves the interests of...

Hungary will quit a U.N. migration pact before its final approval, it said on Wednesday, calling the agreement a “threat to the world”.

The Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved on Friday by all 193 U.N. member nations except the United States, which pulled out last year.

But Hungary, led by right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has decided not to sign the final document at a ceremony in December.

“This document is entirely...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are underlining their differences on the issue of migration, but say they are willing to keep talking.

Merkel told reporters in June 3 at a joint news conference in Berlin that she wants to protect the Europe’s “humanity” when it comes to the way it treats migrants and “that is probably what separates us.”

Orban responded that Hungary’s position hasn’t changed since it closed its borders to migrants...

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration.

Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says support migrants.

“We want to use tax policy to step up against organising migration,” Hungary’s finance ministry said...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition won a landslide victory in general elections.

Based on 91 percent of the votes counted, the coalition of the Fidesz party and Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) received at least 48 percent of the vote while Hungary's main opposition Jobbik party received 19 percent and the left-wing Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Dialogue for Hungary (PM) oppositional coalition received 12 percent.

Hungary's...

The Hungarian government has dug out a controversial photo used by Britain’s anti-immigrant UK Independence Party, and reused it to campaign for it own anti-immigration policy.

UKIP’s ‘Breaking Point’ poster was released shortly before the Brexit referendum calling on voters to leave the EU over its immigration policy. It drew widespread condemnation from politicians and was the subject of complaints to the police, saying it was inciting hatred.

The poster featured the photo...

Lazar was being filmed during a visit to Vienna when he made controversial comments about immigrants living in the city.

“Vienna has become a worse place because of the refugees,” he says in the video, which was published Tuesday on his Facebook page.

"Evidently the streets are dirtier, evidently the area is poorer and there’s lots more crime,” he continues while walking though the Favoriten district. The quarter has the fourth highest foreign population in the city according...

In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders."

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a populist leader known for his hardline anti-immigration stance, said that the European Union's migration policies threaten the "sovereignty and cultural identity" of Hungary, in an interview published Monday.

"We...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will ask the European Union to pay €400 million to help Hungary pay for its border protection expenses, including a newly built fence on its border with Serbia, chief of staff János Lázár said Thursday. Speaking at a press conference with government spokesman Zoltán Kovács, Lázár said the EU should pay 50 percent of the €800 million total border protection cost, saying that “European solidarity should also be shown in practise.” Hungary, the minister...

The EU has launched a legal case against Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland over their tough stance on taking in asylum seekers. The Hungarian and Polish governments have long refused to take in migrants under a 2015 relocation plan, which was agreed by qualified majority. The Czechs have taken in twelve.

“It is binding and mandatory for all member states to comply and implement according to the pledges they gave. The sanctions have somehow being defined by the infringement...

Hungary says it has finished building a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep migrants out. The double layer barrier stretches for 155 kilometres and comes equipped with alarms and thermal imaging cameras. Fences went up along the southern borders with Serbia and Croatia in 2015 after an estimated 400,000 migrants and refugees, many from the Middle East, passed through the country heading for Western Europe. The first section of barbed wire was built along the 175-kilometre border...

Protestors in Roszke on Saturday demanded the government change its anti-refugee policies and open its borders, according to the Hungary News Agency. Demonstrators gathered in front of a church in the city's square before walking to a border area surrounded by razor wire fences where they demanded the release of a Syrian who was sentenced last year to a 10-year prison term for throwing stones and bottles at police on the border. Actor Arpar Schilling told the crowd the government's treatment...

Refugees and migrants using the Balkan route often experience violent, brutal and unlawful treatment by authorities, according to a report published Thursday.

People fleeing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria told researchers for NGO Oxfam, which compiled the “A dangerous game” report, that they had been beaten, robbed and illegally deported by police, border guards and other officials.

The research, conducted for Oxfam by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the...