European expert: Hungary backslides on women, refugee rights

European expert: Hungary backslides on women, refugee rights

European expert: Hungary backslides on women, refugee rights

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his department may punish countries that purchase hardware from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

US officials are deeply troubled by Huawei's expansion in Europe, especially in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states where they believe it poses significant information security threats.

Orban, who has taken a hardline "zero tolerance" approach toward immigration, said the new initiatives are meant to "ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation".

Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties, but also brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China.

"I want to make sure that the Slovakian people understand that America is engaged, we're back", he said.

"They are a sovereign nation", Pompeo said of Hungary. The warning was broad but pointedly delivered first in Hungary, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and European Union member, where Huawei is a major player.

In Hungary's State of the Nation Sunday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that Hungarian women will get a lifetime exemption from personal income taxes and receive subsidies for larger cars if they have four or more children, CNBC reports.

On February 12 in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called USA warning against using Huawei equipment "groundless", as the Chinese telecom giant faces espionage fears in a growing number of countries. "But second, we have seen this all around the world".

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo came close to issuing an us-or-them ultimatum to nations buying from Huawei Technology Co., saying in Hungary that contracts with the Chinese networking giant could limit the availability of USA equipment.

Pompeo, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, will meet President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and a group of students on the half-day stop in Bratislava. Over the course of the past 10 years, the officials said, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leaders have become much more aggressive in the region and made inroads.

President Donald Trump's administration has made a point of reaching out to Orban, who shares Trump's strong stance on limiting migration and has adopted increasingly authoritarian measures, including cracking down on the opposition, labor unions, independent media and academia.

China has said the USA is just trying to suppress a rising competitor.

The right-wing Orbán, a staunch immigration opponent who's been skeptical of the European Union, handily won re-election last April while voters gave his party a super-majority in Hungarian Parliament.

Apple will soon let vets check health records on their iPhones
Ravens To Trade Joe Flacco To Broncos