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I remember the young children of the war who always preferred to play on concret because green meant death for them. And I remember forests with mines that have not seen mankind or any greater animal for a decade because of the landmines. This year I would like to find out what happened with those kids who are becoming grown-ups these days and what happened with the forest without us. What is life exactly on a minefield? How people, animals and plants are effected?

Posted by Dániel Antal

First of all, there will be a lot of single issue politics, connected to lifestyle/hobby groups like hunting, bird watching or music downloading. A million signatures to abolish copyrights will be no match for them. There will be also a lot of emotionally loaded political questions. Banning nukes, GMO agriculture products or bailing out Assange? I bet that you can collect a million signatures for such issues in Europe almost overnight. Or collecting signatures for big business 10 euros each? Even signing up, too.

Posted by Dániel Antal

I started, but did not really complete a series after the Schengen zone accession of the two countries to show municipalities and local communities that want to revert history and erect local borders where the state borders become invisible. Now that monuments will remind us to the invisible borders I think I will start again, so please keep me posted with photographs. As many Trianon monuments, one-way street signs, concrete flowerbeds in the middle of the street as possible. Beware – history is a one-way street

Posted by Dániel Antal

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… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

I was invited to speak in the Energy Security 2011 – Challenges of the Hungarian EU Presidency conference organized by International Centre for Democratic Transition on 7 May 2010. Although I had been involved in the international affairs of railways, I am an economist and talked in the second panel about the price of energy security.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Douglas Muir calls Stratfor’s article on the new Hungarian citizenship law – republished on Serbia’s B92 – as the dumbest Stratfor article ever. Certainly not a very intelligent analysis, however, the Muir post on afoe is confusing because it has so little reference to the actual bill or the political context. Hungary’s Schengen-proof passports will not be Russian-styled documents posted to internationally recognized Georgian territory.

Posted by Dániel Antal

I believe that current euro-crisis sparked by Greece, and partly accelerated by the electioneering in tiny Slovakia shows that in fact we have a European shadow government, and it would need a great amount of sunbeam to become transparent. I think that on the 2010 Europe day it should be clearer than ever that we need a federal government in Europe. But we should not stay in a state of denial forever: the EU has been created, it has its own life, and it needs a permanent government instead of jetting together national politicians every other day. I still believe that a house divided again itself cannot stand.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Probably the most advanced center in Central Europe’s automotive hub, the Audi motor factory gave ground to the 5th annual race of zero emission electric, hydrogen- and fuel cell driven cars, go-karts and motorbikes.The rules follow the original rules of the Grand Prix of the infant automotive industry a hundred years ago. The aim is similar: to build fast cars that can cover long distances and become commercially viable. Industry analysts predict that we’re almost halfway from the first race of university students and inventors to the new Formula 1 (maybe Formula 0?) when the teams will represent leading manufacturers or component-makers of a new industry.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Technically one question was still open after Hungary’s general election: will the new coalition, Fidesz and the Christian Democrats have at least two thirds of the MPs so that they can change constitutional laws and elect a new president smoothly. As Hungary has a mixed party list and single candidate system with runoffs, 57 seats were available today out of 386. As the Fidesz-KNDP alliance seems to have won another 54, they command a bigger majority than needed to change the constitution.

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian European and general election campaign has dramatically changed the country’s political landscape. Five images: Viktor Orbán announcing his victory; the Socialist Party buried under corruption charges; Jobbik, the new anti-establishment party; Green Party leaders seconds after learning that they first met the parliamentary threshold and MDF loosing its appeal on rational moderate voters.

Posted by Dániel Antal