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Not waiting until the banks will plea for government bailout, the cornered government turned the tables in a preemptive threat to the banks: give your money before we start to legislate against you. Hungary has not had a mortgage crisis yet, but the country’s public finances are a mess. Since the accession to the European… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian president has vetoed the ratification of the Hungarian-American visa waiver agreement due to concerns about data protection issues. The new American visa waiver scheme that involves six European Union members has been the cause of unpleasant debates within Europe. Obtaining an American tourist visa is costly, and the procedure is at least unpleasant,… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hungary sold the right to emit 2 million tons of CO2 to Belgium. The contract is not available to the public. After a parliamentary questioning and media inquiries, the Hungarian ministry responsible for environment started to publish some details of the deal, claiming, that it would harm Hungary’s negotiation position in other deals under way… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Danube river has a beautiful new bridge in Northern Budapest. The building is nicknamed after the American satirist Stephen Colbert and is a good example of public mistrust within the institutions of the Hungarian Republic. There is an expression in Hungarian language: the ‘veterinarian’s horse’. The expression came from the illustration of a 19th… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hungary was the first state to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, only four days after it was signed on 13 December 2007. The demonstrative quick step of the Hungarian Parliament has already given rise to a conspiracy theory. I have received a number of e-mails from an Irish no-campaigner to help write up an article about… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hundreds of thousands took part in the 442th Csíksomlyó pilgrimage in Transylvania on last weekend. The pentecostal event is the most popular religious festivity of Hungarians. In fact, it is the most popular event in the Hungarian speaking world despite the fact that Hungarians are one of the least religious peoples of the world. Csíksomlyó… » 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