Russia voices most formidable threat yet
Should the Russian president be arrested abroad, it would be considered a declaration of war on the Russian Federation, said Dimitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council in an interview in which he hypothesised that if Putin were arrested in Germany, it would entail a threat to the Bundestag and the German chancellor's office.
Proof of US benefitting the most from war in Ukraine
The issuance of an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin is the latest proof of the application of double standards, Russia's Foreign Ministry says. At the same time it would be difficult at this point to deny that the US is the biggest winner in the war so far.
Algerians in France protest against the country that took them in – video
The protesters, while being accepted into France, praised their country of origin and called the French, traitors and accused the government of supporting terrorists.
PM Orban: Hungary stands by peace talks
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held talks with European Council President Charles Michel as well as his Greek, Slovenian, Slovak and Latvian counterparts in a videoconference on Tuesday in preparation for the summit of European Union leaders later this week.
Politicians strike agreement but Serbs do not feel safe in Kosovo
While Brussels and Washington are celebrating the Ohrid Agreement, Serbs living in Kosovo are still not safe. Unknown perpetrators have broken into several houses, and the leaders of local Serbs are still unwilling to participate in the upcoming municipal elections.
Paris mayor spends public money on haute couture in bid for Olympics
A Dutch journalist took legal action to obtain Anne Hidalgo's expense report on her campaign for hosting the 2017 Olympic Games. As the document revealed, the left-wing mayor made trips abroad and bought designer fashions on taxpayers' money. Ms Hidalgo's office said that all expenses were justified.
Croatia President: weapons only prolong war
The heads of state in the Balkans are worried about a further expansion in the fighting. Zoran Milanovic reiterated his criticism of the Zagreb government over the decision to help Kyiv with helicopters. Commenting on the arrest warrant issued against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the decision would have bad repercussions and also shows that there is no will for a peaceful settlement.
No winner in first round of Montenegro's presidential race
None of the candidates managed to secure more than half of the votes in the first round of the Montenegrin presidential election. Incumbent President Milo Dukanovic and Jakov Milatovic of the Europe Now movement will compete in the second-round runoff. Mr Dukanovic won 35 per cent of the votes, while Mr Milatovic received 29 per cent. Gaining 19 per cent, Andrija Mandic, who offered an agenda of reconciliation, finished in the third place although many considered him a favourite. On the evening of the election, the politician of the pro-Serbia Democratic Front called on his voters to support Mr Milatovic in the second round on 2 April.
Paris drowns in rubbish, yet animal rights activists worry about rats – video
In France’s capital, waste management workers have been on strike for days, leaving thousands of tonnes of rubbish piling up on the streets. At the same time, an animal rights group has staged a number of demonstrations to raise awareness about rat extermination methods and the protection of rodents.
Court rejects leftist politician's claim for press correction
The Budapest Regional Court has rejected the request for press content correction filed by MEP Katalin Cseh of the Hungarian Momentum party. The court's ruling ordered the opposition politician to pay the legal costs incurred by the public media, as well as procedural charges.
Serbia's president: Arrest warrant for Putin a step towards humanity's biggest conflict
President Aleksandar Vucic expects the expansion of the fighting. The world is heading for a further escalation of the war, the Serb head of state commented on the issuance of an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin.
Slovakia's decision gross intervention in Ukraine-Russia conflict, Russia warns
Bratislava should be clearly aware that increasingly active involvement in the military support of the Kyiv regime will lead to an unpredictable and dangerous escalation of the conflict, Russia's embassy in Slovakia warned.
PM Orban in talks with Syrian Christian church leaders, Hungary to extend further help
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met the leaders of the Syrian Christian churches on Friday, Bertalan Havasi, head of the PM's Press Office, told Hungary's state news agency (MTI).
Presidential election campaign heats up with debates on sanctions and Kosovo
On Sunday, Montenegro will hold its fourth presidential election since regaining independence and the eighth since adopting a multi-party system. Seven candidates are running for the post, and if none of them secures more than half of the votes in the first round, a second round will be held on 2 April. According to analysts,the real question is who will emerge in the second round as a worthy challenger to Milo Dukanovic?
Orban-Erdogan Summit: Drifting into war is not an option
Talks between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held in Ankara focused on the war in Ukraine and energy security issues.
PM Orban: We must make clear that the global majority wants peace
It is important for the voice of peace to compete with the voice of war, and it is important to make it clear that the global majority wants peace, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Ankara, in his address at the summit of the Organisation of Turkic States.
Even in dangerous times, Hungary-Uzbekistan relations continue to develop
On Thursday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held talks with Uzbek President Savkat Mirziyoyev in Ankara, where an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Turkic States is being held today.
PM Orban: We will never allow the flag of freedom to be wrenched from the hands of Hungarians
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speech in Kiskoros on 15 March, the 175th anniversary of the outbreak of Hungary's Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-49.
Immigration office would not deport migrants failing language exam
Last November, the interior minister said that language knowledge was a basic requirement for integration into society, but the Immigration and Integration Office stated that failing the language exam is not automatically grounds for deportation.
Leftist politicians' stunt to dismantle cordon backfires
Left-wing politicians and activists have dismantled the safety cordons in front of the prime minister's office in Budapest, but the organisers were in for a bit of a surprise.
Hungary PM and French president discuss future of Europe
The meeting was initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron. There are many similarities between the Hungarian and French positions, perhaps surprisingly even on the Russia-Ukraine war, even if Macron envisages peace talks later. But the French president also considers it important to maintain contact with Putin, which is why he earlier had a phone conversation with the Russian president that lasted for hours. They also see Brussels' overreach as problematic in some ways, and have very similar views on America's trade war against Europe.
Hungary PM meets former French president
PM Orban and President Macron meet in Paris
The two leaders discussed a number of European issues over a working dinner, according to a press release issued by the Elysee Palace.
EU to tackle migration by introducing visa requirements
The EU could end free travel for candidate countries that have not aligned their visa policies with the bloc, Croatia's interior minister has said, adding that if Serbia harmonised its entry rules with those of the EU, fewer migrants would be trying to cross the bloc's external borders unlawfully.
Ukrainian soldiers exposed to gory, ultra-realistic training
The goal of the Australian instructors is to increase the survivability of their trainees.
Spanish government to speed up population replacement
The population replacement rate has accelerated recently, and Pedro Sanchez's leftist government is now seeking to grant residence permits to large numbers of illegal immigrants. The debate in the Spanish Congress of Deputies on the automatic granting of residence permits to immigrants who arrived before 1 November 2021 is becoming increasingly frequent.
Secularism in French schools under bigger threat than thought – video
The attack on secularism in French schools is much more widespread than reported by the Ministry of Education, as headmasters often fail to report incidents to the school district, a teachers' trade union pointed out. A former teacher who had previously received death threats said in an interview that he was not sure that Muslims should wear the Salafist dress.
Western countries sacrifice own security for arms shipments to Ukraine
In the fight against Russia, Ukraine is asking for more Western supplies of ammunition. However, allies are facing a number of problems, with only a third of the desired amount currently looking realistic – and even that will take months.
Devastating crime statistics revealed, perpetrators' origins concealed
Last year the number of violent crimes increased dramatically compared to 2021, with 78,836 cases registered, which is the highest number in the last ten years. In addition, 139,000 crimes against property were recorded by the authorities in 2022.
Hungarian prime minister and French president to hold talks Monday
Over half the French oppose government's economic and social policies – video
The French are upset with their government's economic and social policies. Those aged between 18 and 24 are the most opposed to the new cabinet measures, a recent poll suggests. As the strike against the nationwide pension reform continues, production at an oil refinery has drawn to a halt and Paris is covered in garbage.
Lack of political will hinders deportations
Germany has failed to deport tens of thousands of illegal migrants in 2022, either because of a lack of insufficient legal basis, or because the migrants did not show up for their planned departure.
PM Orban: We have never been so close to world war
The world has never been so close to a local war turning into a world war, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said regarding the Ukraine war, when he spoke to Hungary's public radio on Friday morning.
Law undermined by West in Georgia still in force in US
Due to mounting pressure from the United States and the EU, Georgia's government rescinded a draft bill similar to another piece of legislation that has been in effect in the US since 1938.
PM Orban: Hungarian government's focus is economy
During the 2022-2026 cycle, the government's focus is on the economy, Hungary's prime minister said at the opening of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's annual conference in Budapest on Wednesday.
Bad in Georgia, democratic in US
The "foreign agent law" is seen as problematic "exclusively" in the context of Georgia, the EU high representative responded to V4NA's inquiry, implying that there is no problem with the same legislation in the United States.
EU high representative attacks US 'foreign agent law'
Josep Borell voiced criticism over the Georgian government's draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence" and in the process has also called the democracy of the United States into question.
Migrants camp out in parking garage in central Paris – video
Dozens of migrants have been staying for weeks in a parking garage near Paris's Arc de Triomphe. The garage was made available to the NGO helping migrants by a private individual.
PM Orban: Hungary is pro-peace, but must mind to keep its powder dry
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gathered information about the Hungarian armed forces’ defence capabilities at the joint forces command control centre in the central Hungarian city of Szekesfehervar on Monday, his press chief told Hungary's state news agency (MTI).
French government puts the onus of tackling inflation on retail chains – video
The government has scrapped the introduction of its previously announced single-inflation basket. Instead, the minister expects retail chains to draw up a list of products that will be offered at permanently low prices. According to one of the most popular opposition politicians, the French government has once again shown its inability to protect people's general purchasing power. Following talks with supermarkets, the government has finally reached an agreement to allow customers to buy hundreds of products at low prices for three months.
Lack of affordable food forces more French into shoplifting – video
Food inflation continues to soar in the country and no end of the process is in sight, according to forecasts. The extremely steep rise in prices has a negative impact on almost the entire population, forcing a growing number of people to shoplift in order to have something to eat. The finance minister has promised a swift, new government measure, with the involvement of both retailers and manufacturers.
Cities run by greens spend on everything except churches – video
Green Party city leaders aren't exactly known for being frugal when it comes to providing retirement homes for members of the LGBTQ community. They are also generous supporters of pro-migrant NGOs and have not shied away from making changes to school canteens' menus. French cities run by the Green Party spend nothing on Christian churches, focusing on mosques instead.
North Macedonians losing faith in EU accession
A significant proportion of the citizenry think that the Balkan country will not be a European Union member. Only a third of the population believes that the country will at some point be a part of the EU.
President of Croatia: This is a US-Russia war in Ukraine
Western weapons are only prolonging the war, the Croatian president says. This is a Russia-US war, the price of which is being paid not by the make-up artists in Florida, the hipsters in New York, the rich Russians nor the richest people in the world, but by the unfortunate people on the scene of the war and by us, Zoran Milanovic said. Many in Europe echo the president’s words, anti-war demonstrations are becoming a regular occurrence, as are speeches demanding that Western countries stop arms shipments, which are only deepening the devastating war that has already killed hundreds of thousands.
Balkan countries face aggressive migrants, as migration pressure grows
Serbia is strengthening the control of its borders to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country. The interior minister has discussed the subject with his Bulgarian counterpart and the representative of the EU. Meanwhile, residents of border towns say that migration pressure is not decreasing, with migrants growing increasingly impatient and aggressive.
PM Orban to Weltwoche: "Hungary's leadership is strong enough to keep the country out of war"
They want to force Hungary into war and are not choosy when it comes to the means to achieve this, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban told the Swiss weekly Weltwoche newspaper, emphasizing that "Hungary's political leadership is strong enough to keep our country out of the war."
Hungarian FM calls new Ukrainian proposal to eradicate national minorities 'unacceptable'
The Ukrainian proposal that some of the billions of euros received from the European Union to maintain the operation of the state would be used toward the eradication of national minorities is unacceptable, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday in Geneva.
Serbian firm refutes selling missiles to Ukraine
The Krusik arms factory did not sell rockets to the Ukrainians, the Serbs said after documents regarding the delivery appeared on social media. The company also notes that they call into question the authenticity of the documents and condemn the journalists' action as a means of tarnishing Serbia. While there appear to be attempts to drag more and more countries, including Serbia, directly or indirectly into the war, the West is increasingly criticised for deepening the devastating war with arms shipments.
Shadow of war: Macron plans major military restructuring in Africa – video
After a series of failures, France is planning to reduce the number of French troops in Africa and help the continent with training and equipment instead. Meanwhile, the largest-ever military exercise has been launched in France.
Like Hungary, Egypt also stands on the side of peace
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban posted a joint photo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on his social media account. Hungary's premier has travelled to Egypt on an official visit.