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Hungarian lawmakers comfortably re-elected ruling Fidesz party veteran Janos Ader as President for another five years on Monday, a sign of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's firm grip on power just over a year before a parliamentary election.
The 57-year-old Ader, a lawyer and long-time member of Orban's Fidesz party, has been a strong ally of Orban since being elected for the largely ceremonial role in 2012.
Lawmakers voted 131 in favor of extending Ader's term in a second round run-off after he failed to garner the required two-thirds majority in the first round. Leftist opposition candidate Laszlo Majtenyi, an Orban critic, received 39 votes.
"In little over a year you will all face a test. The noise of political debates will amplify over
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told allies to boost defense spending, as demanded by President Donald Trump, if they want to preserve crucial transatlantic defense ties.
"This is essential for the continued strength of the transatlantic bond on which our alliance is founded," Stoltenberg said in NATO's 2016 annual report.
"For almost 70 years the unique partnership between Europe and North America has ensured peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic," he said.
"That is an
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd described anti-Semitism as "deplorable form of hatred", vowed to combat it
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called anti-Semitism a “deplorable form of hatred" and declared that the UK government is doing all it can to protect the country’s Jews, according to a report by the British tabloid The Sun Saturday. She added that the British government had allocated 13.4 million to safeguard Jewish schools and religious sites.
Rudd was speaking at the annual
A steady flow of German politicians has angrily condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his comments accusing Berlin of returning Germany to its Nazi past. Justice Minister Heiko Maas described the remark as "absurd, disgraceful and outlandish."
Sunday, Erdogan criticized Berlin for banning, on security grounds, two of his ministers from making speeches to ethnic Turks in Germany in support of April's referendum in Turkey on extending presidential powers.
"Germany, you have no
North Korea says its launch of four missiles was exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan
North Korea’s launch of four missiles was a training exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency reported late on Monday, according to AFP.
The isolated country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, supervised the drill and gave the order for it to start, KCNA said.
"Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets", Kim reportedly praised the Hwasong artillery