Hungary's PM Viktor Orban's government unveils a $74-million-plan to promote Hungarian culture and reform local pop music but critics say the move opens a new front in an escalating culture war.
Fidesz's departure from the EPP group is likely to reduce PM Orban's influence in Brussels following a long conflict over his perceived backsliding on the rule of law and human rights.
Formula One organisers restart curtailed programme in Europe with eight-race. The first two will be held behind closed doors in Austria on July 5.
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Hungarians are protesting a government draft bill that proposes an overhaul of the financing and management of state-funded theatres.
Turkish President Erdogan said that Turkey will continue hosting the four million refugees currently residing in the country regardless of the EU's help, but will open the doors to Europe if it can no longer handle the issue alone.
Gergely Karacsony, a unity candidate for a wide range of opposition groups, beat the ruling Fidesz candiate in the Hungarian capital.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States is ready to welcome Uzbekistan as a new member while Turkmenistan expects to become an observer state.
Campaigners say apartments offered to tourists for short periods of time are to blame for rising rents in the Hungarian capital.
Twenty-six tourists and two crew members died in the worst disaster on the river in half a century. The bodies of all but four of the victims have now been recovered.
Eight South Koreans and a crew member are still missing, while only seven tourists aboard the Hableany (Mermaid) are known to have survived when it sank within seconds of being hit by the Viking Sigyn, a 95-cabin river cruise ship.
Divers brought up a body on Monday from the wreck of a tourist boat which sank last week in Budapest, and another body was pulled from the river 100 km downstream.
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