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According to the latest Eurobarometer surveys the Hungarians are the most pessimistic in the European Union about their economic and personal prospects. A referendum rejected the initiatives of the government by an almost four-fifth majority, the public deficit has been well above 5 per cent for years and for the first time since 1989 Hungary… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

When Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia have entered the Schengen Zone, the systematic border controls were abolished. Two Hungarian product designers came up with the idea to design and install three special benches along these borders. According to their concept as unique border signs these benches will symbolize friendship and the sense of togetherness. The benches… » read more

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Globalisation connects people, societies and economies in an unprecedented way, so it is very useful to analyise the stability of countries in a comparative way. The most recent global toolkit is Jane’s Country Risk, which puts the EU in general into a favorable light, but it also highlights possible risks that will effect the lives… » read more

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As far as I know we have the first candidate from a new member state: Bulgaria’s last Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, who also served as the country’s prime minister in 2001-2005, may bid to become the European Union’s President. Mr Saxe-Coburg has served his country briefly on the throne between 1943-1946. In 2001 seeing the agony… » read more

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Ever since the Septuagint it is well-known in Europe that laws are difficult to translate and are subject to many interpretations, especially if they do not have a divine source. The acquis communautaire has sometimes very strange, almost “heretic” adaptations in the Union. Let’s have a look at Bulgaria’s data retention law. According to the… » read more

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The 17-year-long dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in which Greece has challenged its new sovereign neighbor over its name, has intensified seven days before the next NATO summit. Macedonia will be invited into the alliance if Greece will not veto the decision. What makes this dispute really damaging is that one party involved is an… » read more

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Central and Eastern Europe are full with arguments about how many and what kind of precedents the secession of Kosovo mean for the international community. International relations need precedents, because agreements are slow to take shape, and there are no permanent global institutions to enforce them. In the Kosovo crisis a positive and successful precedent… » read more

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The Hungarian Kingdom has lost its northern historic territories and its Slovakian, German, Jewish and of course Hungarian citizens in 1920. The relations between the new Czechoslovakia and Hungary had never been very good. The borders have divided communities for 87 years and made bad economic barriers in the regional economy until both countries entered… » read more

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The Hungarian government’s decision to participate in Russia’s South Stream pipeline, an alternative natural gas feeding infrastructure into Europe was highly debated. A gas depot will also be located in Hungary that will take in a minimum of 1 billion cubic meters of gas. Many believe that this decision (similar decisions were made by other… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal