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Contrary to public belief in Slovakia and Hungary, the members of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia are proud citizens of their country. A survey conducted within the European Values Survey found that 71% of the ethnic Hungarians are ‘proud’ to be citizens of Slovakia. Members of the majority Slovakians are 87% proud of their newish… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hungary has had the lowest economic growth among Visegrad and Baltic countries in the past years. The only sector that sees a recovery in this year’s high food prices is the agriculture. The grain producing area has increased by 2% since 2007, but output is up by a staggering 42%. The rise is partly due… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

It’s been almost a year that I have analyzed the interest of the Internet-users for the Visegrad Countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Given Poland’s size still most English-language users are looking for Poland, but the American/NATO missile defense plans in Central Europe has lured more searches for the Czech Republic in the… » read more

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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

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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

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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

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Ten member states, including most of Central Europe has been in the European Union for four years. Some people start to make assessments. Café Bábel’s Krisztina Fogas claims in Happy fourth birthday to Central and Eastern Europe that “it has been four years since the European Union opened its door wide open and welcomed fifteen… » read more

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Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

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Serbia in NATO?

The Transitions Online laments on the Serbia’s possible NATO entry. In Central Europe, where European and Russian interest zones are intercepting, war has been fought a mere 13 years ago, military alliance and stability is as important as economic and political union is. Since all countries but Serbia have a policy to join EU and… » read more

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