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Making it to Slovenia

Getting from Hungary to Slovenia requires careful targeting. Slovenia and Hungary only share a 100-km border, and the cross-border links are minimal to almost non-existent. Only two decent roads cross the border, added to a rail link between Budapest and Slovenia`s capital Ljubljana that is only serviced once a day. My mission for today is… » read more

Of all the different people I have met on this trip so far, Hungarians seem to be the least attached to their TV. Greeks seemed to have one for every few square meters in the house, with the one in the kitchen preferably switched on all day. Some Portuguese housewives ? so I was told… » read more

Hungarians are fed up with domestic politics. Recent years have shown staggering growth in the Hungarian economy, politicians have fallen over each other and over themselves and none of the political parties has been able to drag Hungary out of the crisis it is currently going through. Prices are up, unemployment is up, the government… » read more

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The EU is dragging its feet over the Western Balkans, warns Wolfgang Petritsch, the EU’s former Special Envoy to Kosovo. He urges the Union to draw on its experience with Bulgaria and Romania to accommodate the special needs of the Balkan states SPRING 2008 Click here to read the full article Original post by Europe’s… » read more

PES Women brings together women – MPs, MEPs and activists – from PES member parties to discuss and promote gender equality within and outside the Party of European Socialists. PES Women has its own section on Yourspace where many topics have been brought up and debated since the beginning of the PES manifesto consultation in… » read more

Upon completion of `Us Europeans`, scheduled for 1 August 2008, I will have spoken to several thousands of young people living in the European Union. About their daily lives, their countries, their traditions and ambitions, their frustrations and hopes. Up until now, most of the articles have been related to a subject rather than a… » read more

In late March the President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Poul Nyrup Rasmussen , took the floor as blogger on Yourspace – the website of the open consultation on priorities for Europe’s socialists and social democrats in the 2009 elections. Among other things Poul Nyrup Rasmussen invites all party members and PES […]… » read more

Auteure du livre “Vers une nouvelle stratégie politique “entre l’Afrique et l’Europe, j’assure également la promotion de mon ouvrage. Je vous le résume en quelques lignes afin peut-être de faire l’objet d’un article chez vous. La première partie de mon ouvrage évoque les différentes crises que nous rencontrons. Crise de l’Etat, crise de la société,… » read more

The EU has come a long way since the initial six members founded the Coal and Steel Community in 1951. Since then, the EU has grown, not only in terms of members, but also in terms of substance. Membership or rather the prospect of membership, coupled with the very substance of EU cooperation, e.g. Justice… » read more

No country likes to see its territory distributed among its neighbours. Still, this happened to Hungary a number of times. The most drastic reduction took place in 1920, when the infamous Trianon Treaty was signed. The treaty allocated more than 70% of the territory to neighbouring countries and cut the size of the population of… » read more

Presents and parties

Getting to a birthday party without a present would not be very polite in many European countries. In Hungary, it`s the raising of the glasses that counts more than anything else. Presents are preferably liquid and alcoholic, but they may also they represent something home-made; edible or artistic. Original post by Bruno

Asking Hungarians about who or what inspires them is quite a challenging project. It may well be a question that is impossible for them to answer, especially for those Hungarians who have no connections with anybody outside Hungary, do not speak foreign languages, and live outside the major cities. They may simply be lacking a… » read more

The Blog goes silent

I am about to leave for two weeks in China and may not blog frequently. I will make up for it on my return on 27 April, beginning with Tibet. Original post by crossick

Food philosophy

I am happy and proud to announce that I have found the one thing that unites Hungarians in a positive way. Something that enlightens their hearts and gives them a sense of belonging. It`s called `Túró Rudi` and its uniting power reaches well beyond what it physically represents: a chocolate bar filled with cottage cheese,… » read more

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