NEWS WATCH: Turkey Demands Hungary's Help for EU Membership

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary says it supports Turkey's efforts to join the European Union and that it will try to push Turkey's case when it assumes the bloc's rotating presidency next year. The announcement comes despite EU concerns over the treatment of the Christian minority and other controversies in the country.  Turkey's chief negotiator for talks with the European Union, Egemen Bagis, urged Hungary on Wednesday, October 27, to use its influence on Turkey's behalf.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Government Facing Challenge After Failed Energy Deal

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife at BosNewsLife News
Center in Budapest

ap_fischerklausczechgov_08may09BUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- The current European Union president, the Czech Republic, is under pressure to overcome failed talks with key former Soviet states on an energy deal. Negotiations on reducing Europe's dependency on Russian natural gas are one of several key challenges facing the Czech Republic's new government.

NEWS WATCH: Europe Concerned Over Dependency On Russian Gas

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Budapest

nabucco-gas-pepeline-project-gas-supply-sourcesBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Amid a major global financial crisis, Eastern European governments were anxiously awaiting Thursday, January 29, if and when European Union funding will come for the Nabucco pipeline, in hopes of making Europe less dependent on Russian natural gas.