NEWS WATCH: EU Rejects Multi-Billion Dollar Rescue Package for Eastern Europe

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest ap-angela-merkel-germany-190eng1mar09_11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- European Union leaders have ruled out a multi-billion dollar rescue plan for Eastern Europe in the face of the global economic crisis, despite warnings from Hungary that the rejection could lead to an economic "iron curtain" across the continent.

‘Death Brigade’ Killing Roma In Hungary, police

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife romaBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungarian authorities say a death brigade may have been responsible for several deadly attacks against Hungarian Gypsies, also known as Roma, BosNewsLife learned Saturday, February 28. The revelations came just days after a father and his young son were shot and killed as they tried to escape from their burning home in a village near Budapest.

Hungary Detains Britain’s Most Wanted Tax Offender

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest hunterBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- One of Britain's most wanted men has been detained in the Hungarian capital Budapest on suspicion of massive tax fraud, police told BosNewsLife Friday, February 6.

BREAKING NEWS: Increased Persecution Of Former Muslims, Report Shows

By Stefan J. Bos at BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Johan Th. Bos reporting from the Netherlands imagesBUDAPEST/ERMELO (BosNewsLife)-- The "persecution of Christians with a Muslim background" has "drastically" increased around the world, according to a report released Tuesday, February 3, by a leading Christian advocacy group.

Russian Orthodox Church Enthrones New Leader

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife, reporting from Budapest patriMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Russian Orthodox Church enthroned Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Sunday, February 1, the 16th patriarch of at least an estimated 75 million followers, amid pressures to overcome internal divisions and to reach out to non-Orthodox believers.

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.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary’s Prime Minister Urges Anti Hate Speech Legislation Amid Right-Wing Attacks

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest HUNGARY EXTREME RIGHT GUARDBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany has urged all political parties to urgently implement strict legislation against hate speech amid concerns over far right groups in the country. He made the comments over the weekend in Budapest at an international conference on combating racism in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary, Eastern Europe Face Cold Without Russian Gas

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest gas1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- European Union monitors arrived in Kiev Friday, amid international pressure on Ukraine and Russia to settle their dispute over natural gas prices that has effected shipments to at least 20 countries.

BosNewsLife Launches New Website And “Worthy” Partnership

By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency on the Internet, BosNewsLife, has launched a new website ( and a strategic partnership with Worthy Ministries, an organization specialized in Christian news "and spreading the Gospel around the world," its founder confirmed Friday, December 5.

Hungarian Jewish Synagogue Attacked On Eve Kristallnacht Anniversary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- An influential Jewish group said Monday, November 10, that windows of a synagogue in eastern Hungary were smashed on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi-incited riots of Kristallnacht.In a statement, the Rabbinical Center of Europe confirmed that the incident took place late Saturday, November 8, in a synagogue of the Jewish Community Center in the Hungarian town of Debrecen, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital Budapest.Sunday. November 9, was the commemoration of Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," when 91 Jews were killed in violence whipped up by Nazi stormtroopers, while hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked in Germany and Austria. The Kristallnacht is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War Two. Some 600.000 Hungarian Jews were among those who perished in the Holocaust. "DAILY LIFE"The Rabbinical Center said anti-Semitic attacks were again "part of the daily life of Jews in Europe" and that it was necessary to educate young non-Jews about prejudice to combat its effects. Sunday's incident in Debrecen came amid concerns over rising right-wing extremism in Hungary and groups such as the Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, whose members wear uniforms resembling the Nazi-era. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for this weekend's attack on the Jewish synagogue. END