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Early elections in Austria

The Austrian grand coalition broke up in the summer and they went into an early election. The voters have had enough: the two major parties achieved their worst results since 1945. There are at least three possible coalitions. Although the Austrian elections seem to be the same old boring thing for the rest of the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

If you’d happen to be in Milwaukee, WI until 4 May 2008, or visit the Scottish National Galleries in Edinburgh, UK during the summer, you can watch a great exhibition of modern Central European photography from 1918-1945. This was the time when the Habsburg Empire gave way to the modern countries of today. In this… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Drawing maps

When people start to draw maps in Central Europe with different colors nationalism follows. Remember the suspicious weather report with clouds over possible Macedonian territorial claims? Jan Slota’s minor party within the Slovakian coalition government published a Central European map without Hungary. The map was removed after a couple of days when people realized that… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

When the Central European countries joined the Schengen no border control zone, most people were joyful. A number of municipalities went against history and tried to block entry through the invisible border. After the Slovakian-Hungarian border we move to Austria and Hungary to see why. Mörbisch am See/Meggyes (A) and Fert?rákos/Kroisbach (HU) are two villages… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Force Of Nationalism

I think it is not a false oversimplification that the European Union is an antidote to European nationalism. Probably it has been so successful in preventing violent ethnic rivalry that some Europeans forgot what a strong force nationalism can be. It has just stopped the world’s strongest miliatary allience in implementing its enlargement strategy. Nationalism… » 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

Posted by Dániel Antal