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If Mr Habsburg joins ECRG, it will add another explosive dimension to the Cameron-Kaczynski-Klaus trio’s strange group. Mr Habsburg’s father, Otto von Habsburg had been a Bavarian Christian Socialist MEP between 1979 and 1999, and also the last heir of the Austrian, Czech, Croat and Hungarian thrones (At those times, the last one entitled them to whole Slovakia and part of today’s Romania and Serbia, the first one to Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, too). The younger Habsburg holds the passports of the latter two countries besides a German one, although he is barred by republican Austrian and Hungarian laws to use his archduke title in these countries.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Andrei Tuch says that although voter apathy in the European elections is not a bug but a feature, it is still useful to try to persuade voters to participate and your vote truly counts. I share his views, even if reports from the member states do not seem to underpin our feelings.

Posted by Dániel Antal

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

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

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After officially counting the postal votes and closing the reuslts, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at last conceded defeat in Slovenia’s elections. The most likely prime minister is Mr Borut Pahor, whose Social Democrats may form a coalition with a handful of smaller parties. Slovenia won independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The country war more… » read more

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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