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In 2008 the ECB helped to bail out the Hungarian government. At this point, many Hungarian economists made the claim that probably it would be cheaper and better for both parties if they just let Hungary introduce the euro. A few month later, a few billion euros poorer the argument starts to catch on.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Retro Black Pudding

Black pudding or (less often) blood pudding is an English term for sausage made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. It is also called blood sausage (Blutwurst).

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A tragic act of crime, the killing of Marian Cozma, a great Romanian handball player, has sparkled ethnic tension in the region to an all-high point. The scene is Hungary, the victims are Romanian and Serbian sportsmen, and the public accuses the ‘Gypsy’. A little bit of contextualization: The citizens of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and… » read more

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Greece has seen similar protests during December 2008 that we had seen in Budapest during 2006. The growing resentment with a corrupt government has caused such a tension that could spark violence. In contrast with Hungary, Greece has an established far-left minority that tried to surf on the waves of discontent. Rioters and demonstrators The… » read more

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Eventually Hungarian was added to Google Translate, which now has Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian and Ukrainian from this blog’s focus area. All language are to and from any languages. The Hungarian translations are especially poor because this language differs the most from English. Anyway, you get a… » read more

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Images of Hungary

I have started a Flickr Group which has only Creative Commons licensed photographs taken in Hungary. Creative Commons is a copyright license that allows you to re-use the works of the author without further permits or agreements needed provided you refer to the author. (Terms vary, sometimes you can use the images only for non-commercial… » read more

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Due to the Russian-Ukrainian-European gas war Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia were the first serious victims, having not enough energy to heat residential areas. With some delay, Hungary (and Germany) offered some relief for the Serbian plea. Austria joined in later. Hopefully this will demonstrate that Serbia is closer to Central Europe than Russia. Another good news… » read more

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There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

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Michal Lehuta has a very nice chart of a few selected EU member state’s long-term economic performance. Between 1997-2010 the gap between Central European and Western European GDP’s have diminished significantly. It looks that Slovenia will reach the EU average level at first, Slovakia and Estonia are the biggest relative winners. On the other side,… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal