Central Europe Activ

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.

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The European blogging competition organized by the European Journalism Center (and co-funded by the Eurropean Commission) has ended. The overall winner is Etan Smallman, followed by Frank Schnittger and a great Bulgarian blogger, Hristo Hrisotv, who covers some regional issues similar to this blog. Best from the regions: Radovana Jágriková.

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Libertas Fails

Just for the record: despite the earlier hype, Libertas could not set foot on the continent and even failed in Ireland, and Central Europe is not fertile ground for them.The eurosceptic, anti-Lisbon movement that hoped to win 100 seats in the European Parliament, came up with a single “franchise” seat of Mouvement pour la France,… » read more

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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.

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Twenty-one political parties have intended to run for the Hungarian MEP seats, eight parties have qualified with collecting 20 thousand signed recommendations from the electorate. The qualification for the EP elections is easier than for the national elections. The failed parties are failed politicians groups or people that the vast majority treats as lunatics.

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