'Hello, dictator!': Juncker tries humor to defuse Hungary row

May 22, 2015 5:19 PM

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'Hello, dictator!': Juncker tries humor to defuse Hungary row

RIGA "Hello, dictator!" is an uncommon form of address for a European leader to use to another but EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker greeted Hungary's Viktor Orban that way on Friday.

Delivered with a mischievous smile and a warm handshake at a summit in Riga, the European Commission president's remark seemed to mix mild admonishment with heavy humor to try to defuse tension after a particularly rough week in relations between Brussels and the right-wing prime minister in Budapes...

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