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Hungarian Elections 2010

The Hungarian elections in 2010 have completely changed the political landscape of the country and may result in thorough constitutional changes. The Hungarian party system, which had been the most stable since 1989 in Central Europe has changed dramatically with the entry of to new parties and the exit of two new ones. The anti-establishment… » read more

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Condolences for Poland

Condolences for Poland Originally uploaded by antaldaniel Citizens of Budapest mourn the tragedy of the Polish state leaders on the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. H.E. László Sólyom, the Hungarian president, and friend of the Polish president has asked citizens to light candles in front of the Foreign Ministry of Hungary. The statue of… » read more

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The V4+ Energy Summit held in Budapest on 24-26 February ended in a joint declaration signed by the V4 plus Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the perspective member state Croatia (along with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina). If these countries show such unity as they had in the March 2009 economic crisis summit, it can put a great empire back on the power equation of Europe. The former Habsburg Empire had stretched over (most of the current territories) of these countries. The combined voting or market power of this 8 + 1 member states could hardly be excluded from any EU deal – theoretically. What political and economic forces can help and undermine this new regional block within the EU?

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The more similarities we find in economic performance or structure, or in economic decision, the more likely that the group will share common interests, and it makes more economic and political sense to act as a group against other countries. However, if one or two EU member states are more similar to their other neighbors, they will have a motivation to undermine the V4 group.

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About a thousand supporters of the far-right Jobbik party have participated in a peaceful march on the 90th anniversary of Horthy’s takeover in Hungary. Hungary has no real historical anti-Nazi and anti-Communist hero. That gives a little credit to the old man who had successfully beaten a Soviet uprising 90 years ago. However, it would be very unwise to believe that Hungary is developing a cult for Horthy or his regime. He is one of the most tragic and least successful Hungarian leaders whose regime casts a long shadow over Hungarians in other Central European countries.

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Do We Need a Constitution?

I cannot say anything else against Mr. Van Rompuy’s election to the first first EU presidency except for the fact that he accepted his nomination. Mr Klaus’ artistic performance and Mr Van Rompuy’s elections is the first empirical proof that the Lisbon Treaty was indeed a failure… and we do need a European Constitution.

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After all the gaffes of the Czech presidency and national government in general, they have chosen a commissioner who had served as the Czech Republic’s ambassador to NATO, the UK and Lithuania, had been a Europe minister in the current caretaker government and started his career in the Czechoslovak foreign ministry’s department for UN affairs.… » read more

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Now that Poland and the Czech Republic had their turns in bringing Central European surrealism into the EU, it is Hungary’s turn with naming the oddest Commissioner-in-waiting. Mr Andor’s my prove to become a surprising talent but his past makes him the least likely member of Europe’s (kind of)government, the European Commission.I still hope that Mr Andor will be stage a better act within the Commissioner than Mr Klaus among the heads of states. His nomination is just yet another sign of contingency within the transition elites in Central Europe.

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As the Euro-sceptic Polish president has promised to put his signature on the Lisbon Treaty, there remains a single obstacle in the way of leaving behind the decade-long institutional haggling to make the EU institutions work: Václav Klaus. The Czech pundit-president wants to have a strange footnote in history: he wants to add a personal… » read more

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