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Budapest bicyclists claim a world record for their mass demonstration on Earth Day 2008. Yesterday 80,000 riders rallied to promote cycling, awareness of the climate change and protest against traffic mismanagement. Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the… » 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

Drawing maps

When people start to draw maps in Central Europe with different colors nationalism follows. Remember the suspicious weather report with clouds over possible Macedonian territorial claims? Jan Slota’s minor party within the Slovakian coalition government published a Central European map without Hungary. The map was removed after a couple of days when people realized that… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

When the Central European countries joined the Schengen no border control zone, most people were joyful. A number of municipalities went against history and tried to block entry through the invisible border. After the Slovakian-Hungarian border we move to Austria and Hungary to see why. Mörbisch am See/Meggyes (A) and Fert?rákos/Kroisbach (HU) are two villages… » 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

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When Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia have entered the Schengen Zone, the systematic border controls were abolished. Two Hungarian product designers came up with the idea to design and install three special benches along these borders. According to their concept as unique border signs these benches will symbolize friendship and the sense of togetherness. The benches… » read more

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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

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Three EU and NATO member neighbors of Serbia – Croatia(an ally and prospective member of both organizations) , Hungary and Bulgaria – have recognized Kosovo today. The number of states that have recognized the new European state has risen to 33. The move of the three neighbors brought exceptionally high tension in Serbia. Serbia has… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal