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The four opinion research companies of CEORG monitor certain public opinion trends in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (Visegrad countries). The economic performance of these countries have changed dramatically in the past few years and so the people feel. The former frontrunners of the club, Hungary and Czech Republic had performed much weaker… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Foreign Policy Passport blog has an excellent review on the lengthy United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on the changing nature of criminal activities in the Balkans. These countries that are struggling with an economic transition at the same time with a post-war trauma have lower violent crime rates than Western Europe… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Chinese policy has shut down a factory in the southern part of the country that was manufacturing Free Tibet flags for Western demonstrator. The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet. This story reminded me to… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Income and happiness

According to a survey conducted by TÁRKI in the European Social Survey Bulgarians, Hungarians and Russians are the least happy with their lives among 19 European nations. It looks that income is very strongly related how happy Europeans feel. The upper map shows how happy people feel in general about their personal lives, while the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The unification of Europe after the fall of the Wall has fundamentally changed the dynamics of economic and social development in Europe. The formerly peripherical regions had low growth rates and people were emigrating. In the enlarged Europe these countries have the highest growth rates and they have became immigration target countries. I think these… » read more

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Hungarian pessimism

According to the latest Eurobarometer surveys the Hungarians are the most pessimistic in the European Union about their economic and personal prospects. A referendum rejected the initiatives of the government by an almost four-fifth majority, the public deficit has been well above 5 per cent for years and for the first time since 1989 Hungary… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Another worrying news about Hungary’s demography: Hungary’s net immigration values went into negative values (Report in Hungarian). This means that after almost two decades Hungary has turned from an immigration target country into an emigration source country. Hungary has had a shrinking population for a longer while, but after the fall of Communism it had… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal