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To Build a Road Across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt

Posted by Dániel Antal on 22/02/11

It was only last summer that the two leaders held ‘amity talks’ in a big Bedouin tent in the center of Rome ‘focusing on trade relations’. They celebrated the big friendship agreement singed two years earlier. It is astonishing that in 2010 these statesmen have celebrated their deal struck in 2008 where Italy pledged 5 billion dollars over 20 years to build a road across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt.

Czech General Elections

Posted by Dániel Antal on 31/05/10

After the last general elections in Poland, and more recently in Hungary, a new political landscape emerged. Yesterday the Czech Republic has joined the wave a change, ending an almost 20-years-long stalemate with two new parties. The proportional voting system propelled five parties into the lower house of the national assembly. The first two are [...]

Premature ‘elections’ in Belarus, too

Posted by Dániel Antal on 29/09/08

Central Europe had an important Austrian and a rather unimportant Belorussian parliamentary election yesterday. To call the process ‘elections’ in Belarus is somewhat premature: the opposition candidates did not win any seats in the national assembly. After the Russian invasion to Georgia many predicted that Europe’s last old-fascioned dictator (leaving aside the breakaway Trandnistrian rulers) [...]

Two American acceptance speeches visualized

Posted by Dániel Antal on 07/09/08

Wordle let’s you focus on the essence with these beautiful visualizations of the two texts. According to the tradition, Barack Obama spoke first as the contender from the opposition:And here are John McCain’s most accented words: I think this will be a tight and interesting match as the best candidates competing from both parties. For [...]

1968 could not have brought democracy to Czechoslovakia

Posted by Dániel Antal on 19/08/08

According to a recent poll that is quoted on the refurbished website of the Visegrad Group of Central European countries, few Czechs believe that the ‘Prague spring‘ could have brought democracy in 1968. Although the Czechoslovak Communists attempt to put a human face on Socialism was remembered with warm nostalgia after it was crushed by [...]

I want to vote, too

Posted by Dániel Antal on 01/08/08

The American democracy has an ironic twist: the campaign and the results have a global effect, but only American citizens can vote. There is a new site that wants to give a sight relief to those global citizens who are following the race but will not get the ballot. The multi-language is a real [...]

The irony of globalization

Posted by Dániel Antal on 28/04/08

The Chinese policy has shut down a factory in the southern part of the country that was manufacturing Free Tibet flags for Western demonstrator. The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet. This story reminded me to [...]

Is the Lisbon Treaty sexy enough for voters?

Posted by Dániel Antal on 12/04/08

It looks to me that somebody in Ireland thinks that the Lisbon Treaty is not sexy enough, or maybe sexism is a more controversial topic than the treaty and they hope that it will take you to the polls. I doubt that this campaign would benefit anybody but the no campaign in some parts of [...]

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    • PM Orbán’s personal statement in demography council: the EU’s should not build its future on immigration April 2, 2011
      Orbán Viktor addresses the EU Council Presidency meeting for the first time in Gödöllő, 1 April 2011. The topic is the demography of Europe. Embedded is the video report from [origo]. “Let’s call a spade a spade, our common home , Europe, is trailing behind great civilisations in this race,” Mr Orbán said. He stressed […]
    • Hungarian constitutional draft mistranslated March 24, 2011
      Hungary’s premiere daily paper, Népszabadság claimst that the draft constitution that is sent to invitees for the EPP public hearing on the case on 29 March 2011 is full with translation mistakes and omissions. This is apparently the same draft seen by EurActiv referred to in today’s article (en, fr, hu). According to the daily […]
    • Hungarian Constitution “Written on an iPad” March 4, 2011
      József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010, boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that […]
    • Extraordinary EUCO on Northern Africa March 4, 2011
      Hungary has never fully adopted the EMU or the Stability and Growth Pact, so the rotating presidency team’s passive attitude is no surprise with the Competitiveness Pact. The Hungarian Presidency came back on track with the extraordinary EU Council on 11 March on Northern Africa. Yesterday Hungary’s European Affairs state secretary, Ms Győri participated on […]
    • Budapest Gay Pride Disallowed February 15, 2011
      According to the Budapest police, the Saturday afternoon walking process would disturb, among others, Council Presidency meetings. […]