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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… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

It’s been almost a year that I have analyzed the interest of the Internet-users for the Visegrad Countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Given Poland’s size still most English-language users are looking for Poland, but the American/NATO missile defense plans in Central Europe has lured more searches for the Czech Republic in the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The four opinion research companies of CEORG monitor certain public opinion trends in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (Visegrad countries). The economic performance of these countries have changed dramatically in the past few years and so the people feel. The former frontrunners of the club, Hungary and Czech Republic had performed much weaker… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Seven Nato nations (Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Spain) have backed a new cyber defence centre in Estonia. The seven allies will fund and staff the new command center in Tallinn. The US will initially send an observer to the project, which will have some 30 staff when fully operational in August. Last year… » 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

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 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

Globalisation connects people, societies and economies in an unprecedented way, so it is very useful to analyise the stability of countries in a comparative way. The most recent global toolkit is Jane’s Country Risk, which puts the EU in general into a favorable light, but it also highlights possible risks that will effect the lives… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian Kingdom has lost its northern historic territories and its Slovakian, German, Jewish and of course Hungarian citizens in 1920. The relations between the new Czechoslovakia and Hungary had never been very good. The borders have divided communities for 87 years and made bad economic barriers in the regional economy until both countries entered… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal