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Iceland may join the EU as a result of the world financial crisis. However, the member of the European Economic Area and NATO had to turn to Russia for an emergency loan. The EU is as much challenged in the West as in the East from Russia. Iceland is one of the world’s most competitive… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The two countries started a series of joint Cabinet meetings in 2003. One of the proposals on next week’s agenda to co-ordinate ambulance and firefighting units around the border, using the nearest facility regardless the national territory for 112 calls. The two countries had historically tense relationships and territorial disputes in the early 20th century.… » read more

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Bailout Hungary

After major banks and insurance corporations were bailed out by European government, Hungary has become the first member state of the EU the receive a bailout offer from IMF with the support of EU’s Ecofin. Hungary looks to be the most fragile member of the Union in the global financial crisis. Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing… » read more

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Montenegro, the tiny state that has made its secession from the former Yugoslavia only two years ago was the 50th state to recognize Kosovo’s independence. With a large portion of the population who identify themselves a Serb this was a brave and conflicting decision. The BalkansInsight reports that “Blasts were being heard and ambulances streaming… » read more

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Jörg Haider, Austria’s definig populist politician has died in a car accident this morning. Haider had been probably the best-known politician of his country. As a chairman of the once small Freedom Party (FPÖ) between 1986-2000 he formed a strong, populist movement which received 29% of the vote in the 1999 elections. Austria came under… » read more

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The opposition Liberal Party has organized a demonstration against Russian troops in Moldova, which was crushed by the police. A break-away region ‘invited’ more Russian troops into the small Eastern European country. Familiar story? Moldova (still on the map in the right hand corner) is a former Soviet republic between the European Union and Ukraine.… » read more

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Who Recognized Kosovo?

There are 47 countries so far that have recognized Kosovo as an independent state. The most recent EU state to recognize it has been Malta on 15 August, the next EU state that has announced this move is Portugal. You can follow the recognition process on this site. Probably the most important recognisitios are coming… » read more

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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

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Macedonia is a country recognized by 120 members of the United Nations and an applicant to EU and NATO. Another EU-member has been wrecking the enlargement strategy by a naming game, refusing the accept the name of the country. A few months ago I not only found the obstruction of Greece shameful and tinted by… » read more

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