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The BalkansInsight reports that a poll conducted by Belgrade-based Strategic Marketing shows that 65% of the Serbs would not provide the authorities with information about the whereabouts of the alleged war criminal Rakto Mladic. 14% of the respondents said in December 2008 that they would turn him in, the others did not know what to… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

I have started a Flickr Group which has only Creative Commons licensed photographs taken in Hungary. Creative Commons is a copyright license that allows you to re-use the works of the author without further permits or agreements needed provided you refer to the author. (Terms vary, sometimes you can use the images only for non-commercial… » read more

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When I started this blog I had a job that needed a lot of traveling Central Europe. I work in a very different field now and posts were become less frequent. However, this blog has attracted great bloggers and commenters and I would like to open up the floor. So expect a few guest posts… » read more

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Mr. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom and director general of Gazprom Export has written an opinion about the gas crisis in the Wall Street Journal Online. I think this is a respectable argument on a respectable forum. Gazprom is owned by Russia, and Russia, and it can be argued that sometimes it represents non-business interests.… » read more

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Entropa

The Czech Presidency has come up with a great idea to install a huge public artwork to the entrance of the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. Probably this has been the most debated European project in these days. I really believe in this kind of public discourse, having tried to start discourse on unresolved issues… » read more

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2008 Weblog Awards

The annual internet voting for one of the biggest international blog awards, the 2008 Weblog Award is on. There are many categories, and I have found some nice hidden gems, like the practical Science Text in the hidden gem category. From the Central European Blogactiv blogroll there is one blog which is a finalists, so… » read more

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During the last days of 2008 Montenegro has submitted a formal application to join the European Union. Montenegro has gained independence in 2006 and signed a pre-accession Stabilisation and Accession Agreement with the EU in October 2007. It’s economy is doing remarkably good although it is highly dependent on Russian investors. EU enlargement commissioner Olli… » read more

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Due to the Russian-Ukrainian-European gas war Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia were the first serious victims, having not enough energy to heat residential areas. With some delay, Hungary (and Germany) offered some relief for the Serbian plea. Austria joined in later. Hopefully this will demonstrate that Serbia is closer to Central Europe than Russia. Another good news… » read more

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There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal