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Hungarian Angéla

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

Hungarians and change

As I wrote in earlier articles, Hungarians are not very happy about the situation their country is in. The economy is declining, politicians are unable to change the tide and the people have little hope for improvement. All of that is leading toward`s today`s question: what changes does Hungary need? Original post by Bruno

Vital Report on Global Health – VRGH 2008 – You are invited to join the Initiative for Vital Report on Global Health, VRGH, which was launched at the World Health Day, April 8th, in the European Parliament, in Brussels (cf. pictures on this website) The Initiative is to conduct a systemic survey of global health… » read more

Six months abroad

Since the integration in the European Union, Hungarians have not flooded Western Europe in the way the Poles and the Romanians have. As I found out during previous day, the delayed interest in foreign languages forms an important barrier. Added to that, Hungarians seem to be very fond of their own country and region. Moving… » read more

Theoretical knowledge is important in Hungary and the education system is organised accordingly. Facts are highly valued, history is more popular than in most other European countries and so is literature. What else is there to know about the time Hungarians spend preparing for professional life? Original post by Bruno

Language cross road

Multilingualism is a major topic on the European agenda. In general, it is an asset that is reserved for smaller countries, with `odd` languages. Large countries like the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France can afford the arrogance of not caring about foreign languages. Smaller countries cannot. Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Malta, Cyprus and all of… » read more

Lack of inspiration

As I learnt yesterday, enjoying is not something that comes natural to Hungarians. Smiling without an obvious reason risks to be seen as something suspect, while openly displaying happiness is likely to cause confusion. Few events can spark a feeling of community and belonging. Still, I refuse to believe that all Hungarians are depressed all… » read more

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