Central Europe Activ

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

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

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Force Of Nationalism

I think it is not a false oversimplification that the European Union is an antidote to European nationalism. Probably it has been so successful in preventing violent ethnic rivalry that some Europeans forgot what a strong force nationalism can be. It has just stopped the world’s strongest miliatary allience in implementing its enlargement strategy. Nationalism… » read more

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A central issue of the ongoing Bucharest NATO summit is to find more commitments for the biggest ever military action of the alliance outside the transatlantic: the Afghanistani peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations. It was widely quoted that our North-American allies are unhappy with the European commitment on this common mission. It turns out, that the… » 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

Posted by Dániel Antal