Central Europe Activ

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

Although only American citizens have a vote, the whole globalized world will be effected by the presidential elections in the world’s strongest democracy. Europeans have high hopes and a high level of trust in Senator Obama. According to the latest international poll of Pew Global Attitudes Project, a very high number of Earthlings take the… » read more

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The high oil prices of 2008 have lead to a similar historical result as in the 1970s: the notorious oil-burner Americans cut back on their carbon-dioxide emission habits. I think this shows that the main source of carbon emission, namely fossil fuels, is price and income sensitive, and if you raise the price, consumption and… » read more

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France’s state-owned railway company’s fast-train alternative to flying from Brussel to Strasbourg may be ‘marketed’ as eco-friendly but it looks to me that it makes the rest of the world laughing at us. The cheap alternative to flying costs the European taxpayer about €. 300 000. Euroskeptics are outraged, but there are more logical comments:… » read more

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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

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We Europeans tend to believe that we are leading the fight against carbon emissions and we are too easily pointing the fingers at the United States. I think that the great visualization tool of Worldmapper, a world map that is distorted proportionally to carbon emissions should make us think. And the EU emission is still… » read more

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The Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled a ranking of the peacefulness of countries, measuring both domestic and international violence. The results are very favorable for the EU. How do you interpret this? First of all, the European Union was designed to create stable peace in a continent that had gone through the worst wars of… » 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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