Margit Feher and Gordon Fairclough
Wall Street Journal
March 11, 2013
Hungarian lawmakers on Monday passed amendments to the country’s constitution, despite warnings from the European Union and the U.S. that the measures could threaten the rule of law and weaken democratic checks and balances.
Parliament, controlled by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-leaning Fidesz alliance, approved the changes—including provisions that allow the court system’s top administrator and prosecutors to choose which judges hear legal [...]
As you head off for your Presidents’ Day weekend, The Cable would just like to note that it’s now been over 72 hours since Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Russian Foreign MinisterSergei Lavrov – without getting a call back.
As The Cable reported earlier this week, Kerry reached out to Lavrov after North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb on Feb. 11, as well as the foreign ministers of Japan, China, and South Korea. Lavrov, who [...]
Yahoo has hired a six-months pregnant woman who was one of Google’s first employees to be its fifth CEO in five years.
Marissa Mayer will attempt to engineer a turnaround at the web giant as it struggles to rebound from financial malaise and internal turmoil – but her appointment will be seen as a huge snub to interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, who was regarded as frontrunner for the permanent job.
The new [...]
Oscar-winning film producer Gerald Molen said he was invited to give a commencement speech at a Montana high school, only to be shunned on the day of the event because of his conservative political views.
Molen, best known for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, said Ronan High School Principal Tom Stack decided to disinvite him – and he did not bother to tell him so until [...]
Actress and left-wing activist Susan Sarandon has claimed she was recently denied security clearance for a visit to the White House – and that the government has been tapping her phone.
The Oscar winner, who has vehemently condemned the war in Iraq, made the claims on Sunday during a Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival – an 11-day event in New York’s Lower Manhattan.
One audience member asked whether Sarandon, who [...]
February 14, 2012
At the annual science budget briefing yesterday, white house science czar John P. Holdren took a swipe at the United States Congress for cutting the appropriated budget for the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2011 to 2012. Holdren, who heads the Office, also expressed hope that Congress “will see fit to boost us back up to the level requested by the President for 2013.”
“We have [...]
By DONOVAN SLACK |
1/23/12 3:14 PM EST
There was a notable absence during a White House reception this afternoon for the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins: star goalie Tim Thomas.
Thomas refused the invite for “political reasons,” Sports Illustrated reports.
Nearly every other member of the Bruins was at the ceremony, where President Obamacongratulated the team on its victory. Thomas is a staunch conservative and is expected to explain his snub of the president on his Facebook page this evening.
Brussels commissioner Olli Rehn
BRITAIN last night faced a revenge attack for David Cameron’s EU snub when a senior Brussels bureaucrat promised a new deluge of damaging red tape on UK business.
European economics commissioner Olli Rehn insisted that the EU could override the Prime Minister’s veto to slap more regulation on the City of London.
And he vowed that Brussels would ignore Mr Cameron’s bid to protect British finance and British jobs.
Finnish-born Mr [...]
(Reuters) – Russia’s finance minister rebelled on Sunday against Vladimir Putin’s plan to make President Dmitry Medvedev his prime minister if he returns to the Kremlin by saying he would not serve in the next government.
Foreign investors were alarmed by Alexei Kudrin’s snub after Putin, who is now prime minister, announced he would run for president next March in an election that could extend his [...]
It may be just as well that the Dalai Lama has given up his political role after the revered Tibetan spiritual leader Tuesday referred to Australia’s female prime minister as a man.
Questioned on whether he was disappointed that Julia Gillard would not be meeting him during his visit, the globe-trotting icon replied: “No.”
“If your prime minister has some kind of spiritual interest then of course my [...]
Vince Cable has said he will consider legislation to curb union power if they call too many strikes, but does not yet see a case for changing the law. The Business Secretary will today say there is not yet a compelling argument for toughening the current rules, which allow militant unions to call strikes even if fewer than half their members vote in favour.
But, in a [...]
BEIJING (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister sealed a series of agreements with China on Wednesday, highlighting Islamabad’s warm ties with Beijing amid heightened tensions with Washington over the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The signing ceremony followed talks between Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People at the start of a visit to Beijing marking sixty years of diplomatic relations between the two [...]