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China’s Xi celebrates warm Hungary ties on last stop of Europe visit

China’s Xi celebrates warm Hungary ties on last stop of Europe visit

[ad_1] Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Hungary Thursday seeking a “new journey” with Beijing’s closest European Union ally amid Beijing’s divisions with the West over the Ukraine war and global trade. Issued on: 09/05/2024 – 03:32Modified: 09/05/2024 – 12:15 3 min The state visit to Hungary is the last leg of Xi’s European tour, his first to the continent since 2019. In recent years, the Central European country of 9.6 million people has attracted a flood of major Chinese projects, mostly related to the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries. Hungarian President Tamas Sulyok warmly received Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan with military honours in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Budapest on Thursday morning.   The Chinese leader arrived in the Hungarian capital on Wednesday night after wrapping up his visit to Serbia, and later attended a state dinner with Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Budapest was decked out with Chinese flags and placed under tight security, while Tibetan flags were hidden from sight.  In an op-ed published in Hungary’s pro-government Magyar Nemzet …

EU ‘playing with fire’ as Viktor Orban pinpoints major flaw | World | News

EU ‘playing with fire’ as Viktor Orban pinpoints major flaw | World | News

[ad_1] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused the EU of “playing with fire”, saying it is “not the same as it was 20 years ago”. Speaking to a local radio station on the 20th anniversary of Hungary joining the bloc, Orban said he felt the EU is currently in an economic crisis fueled by the war in Ukraine adding that the bloc is in danger, claiming most of its MEPs were pro-war. Orban said the country had made the right decision when it joined 20 years ago saying it brought “peace and prosperity” to the country but criticised what he felt it had become. He told the local broadcaster: “We joined the union because Europe meant peace and prosperity. Now we are in an economic crisis. “The Europe we joined created more than 20 percent of the world’s economic power. Now we have moved back from there, our competitors have all overtaken us, and that was not what we were hoping for. And there was also no talk of European leaders dragging the continent …

Two emperors on the edge of two wars  – POLITICO

Two emperors on the edge of two wars  – POLITICO

[ad_1] Xi has repeatedly called Putin his best friend. He has also repeatedly refused to do anything to stop Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and supplied dual-use military technologies, weapon-building components and satellite imagery, warns the U.S., to Russia.  In a recent interview with POLITICO, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith highlighted Beijing’s support for Moscow, saying that China could not proclaim to be neutral in the conflict any more. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also described Chinese assistance as “[helping] Moscow to inflict more death and destruction on Ukraine.” Talking, not talking In Paris, Macron will provide Xi with his “analysis of developments in the conflict, and [will] convey Ukrainian positions,” the same Elysée official said. The French president “will also raise concerns about the activities of certain Chinese companies that could be directly involved in or contribute significantly to the Russian war effort.” There’s plenty of room for the two leaders to talk past each other.  “It’s going to be a mismatch of expectations,” said Abigaël Vasselier, head of foreign relations at MERICS, …

Will the EU get a war budget?

Will the EU get a war budget?

[ad_1] BRUSSELS — War is raging on its doorstep, the economy is in the doldrums, a European-wide election looks set to deliver a massive blow to its establishment — and now the EU is gearing up for what will be its bitterest battle yet: over its finances. Few things in the 27-nation bloc are as fiercely political as negotiations over its trillion-euro-or-so seven-year budget. And with an ever more aggressive Russia and global tension from Gaza to Taiwan gnawing away at Europe’s sense of self-content, demands that the EU steer its investment in a way that puts it on a war footing grow louder. “The budget is politics cast in figures,” Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner in charge of the process, said. And, for now at least, those politics are dominated by war. Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, a country that wants to join the EU and needs money to defend itself and rebuild, changed everything. Yet, there’s no consensus about whether security is what the bloc should be spending its money on in the …

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

[ad_1] Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, from the hard-right governing Likud party, compared what he described as the tyrannical woke agenda as another kind of totalitarianism, sitting alongside jihadist terror. “They are hiding behind so-called liberal values but the nature of this movement is anti-liberal,” he told POLITICO.  Captive audience Over two days, the conference buzzed with phrases such as “nihilistic atheism,” the “globalist socialist agenda,” “gender ideology,” “Bolshewokeism,” and “activist judges in Strasbourg,” which flew from the stage around the cramped space. Farage, closely tailed by a security detail, raged against the U.K.’s new smoking ban, performed a few Donald Trump impressions, and on Wednesday stood in the wings chuckling along admiringly as Orbán explained why Central Europe is historically suspicious of supranational political structures.  “Mr. Orbán got a new subject for his campaign: Freedom. The city here was very stupid,” Attila K. Molnar, the director of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, said. On social media, Farage also blasted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon.  [ad_2] Source link

Poland’s president becomes the latest leader to visit Donald Trump as allies eye a possible return

Poland’s president becomes the latest leader to visit Donald Trump as allies eye a possible return

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump met Wednesday in New York with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the latest in a series of meetings with foreign leaders as Europe braces for the possibility of a second Trump term. The presumptive Republican nominee hosted Duda at Trump Tower, where the two discussed the war in Ukraine and Duda’s push to boost NATO members’ defense spending, according to a readout from Trump’s campaign. Duda, who has long expressed admiration for Trump, is also a staunch supporter of Ukraine and has encouraged Washington to provide more aid to Kyiv amid Russian’s ongoing invasion. That funding has been held up by Trump allies in Congress. As he arrived, Trump praised the Polish president, saying, “He’s done a fantastic job and he’s my friend.” “We had four great years together,” Trump added. “We’re behind Poland all the way.” Following the almost 2 1/2 hour meeting, Duda said only that it was a “friendly meeting in very nice atmosphere.” His aide, Wojciech Kolarski, also in attendance, described it as …

I ate at the far-right buffet from hell – POLITICO

I ate at the far-right buffet from hell – POLITICO

[ad_1] Yes, that’s right. The caterers. At least, that’s what one of the organizers told me, hinting that they had to resort to a last-minute change of plan to feed ravenous attendees. Food eventually did make it into the venue — smuggled, some whispered — but maybe it should have stayed outside. Lunch on both days for the hundreds of participants was a series of golf-ball-sized appetizers, all of which had some type of creative (and, in my opinion, unwanted) twist. Say goodbye to sandwiches, salads and pasta bowls; that’s not how the right wing rolls. Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, is interviewed by Yoram Hazony, Chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation, on Day 2 of The National Conservatism Conference. | Omar Havana/Getty Images Imagine instead a sprawling feast of raw fish — smoked salmon, tuna tartare; raw meat — beef carpaccio with parmesan scales and arugula; and even a mostly raw egg. Cooking food is for liberals, apparently. It wasn’t all bad though, my POLITICO colleague wolfed down a “tasty and tangy” plate …

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

[ad_1] The incident sparked widespread outrage, with EU leaders including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Orbán condemning the police intervention. Organizers of the conference challenged the mayor’s decision in court to keep the show on the road and the Council of State delivered a late night ruling on Tuesday, striking down the mayor’s order. The court ruled that in case of risks of disruption of public order, authorities must take measures “to curb demonstrations on public roads rather than banning a private meeting” and that the government “must at least make an effort to protect those who wish to exercise their constitutional right of assembly.” Because there was an “average” threat to participants, there was no need for “disproportionate efforts from the police services,” the court said. Emir Kir, the mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode where the Claridge is situated, defended his decision to move to shut down the conference. “Being a mayor means being a guarantor of public safety,” he said on social media. “My lack of sympathy for those who preach hatred is assumed but it …

Polish ex-PM refuses to rule out a single far-right group in EU Parliament – POLITICO

Polish ex-PM refuses to rule out a single far-right group in EU Parliament – POLITICO

[ad_1] Several members of ID, including Vlaams Belang MEP Gerolf Annemans and far-right German MEP Maximilian Krah, attended the event in the European Parliament, hosted by the ECR. The conference demonstrated that the parties share much common ground when it comes to attacking the EU’s new migration deal, bashing bureaucrats, and pillorying the Green Deal as devastating for national industries. However, apart from saying that discussions on Ukraine’s membership in the EU should be divorced from talk about its war with Russia, Orbán avoided the subject. Fidesz MEP Kinga Gál said she hoped her party would join the ECR (Fidesz has been politically homeless in Europe since leaving the center-right European People’s Party in 2021). Gál also brushed off notions that Fidesz and Poland’s Law & Justice (Morawiecki’s party) differ on supporting Ukraine against Russian invaders. “I am very positive about that,” she said, arguing the two had plenty in common as parties running on a “sovereigntist” platform. National Rally MEP Gilles Lebreton said “negotiations are underway,” but downplayed the importance of forming a single …