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Managing the Economic Transition in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

For most countries in East-Central Europe, capitalism didn't arrive overnight in 1989 or 1990. Even in the more controlled environments like Romania, people could get a taste of capitalism by buying or trading on the black market. Hungary, on the other hand, was far ahead of its neighbors in this respect.

Anything Russian 'in Czarist Times' Is Fair Game in Putin's Mind

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Since the establishment of the United Nations, countries are not supposed to be allowed to take land from one another. More specifically, Russia agreed to respect Ukraine's borders when Kiev gave up its nuclear weapons 20 years ago. Putin has shredded that historical document.

LeftEast

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

Conservatism is very strong in both Romania and Hungary. The difference in political culture between the two countries boils down to the relative position of liberalism.

Hungarians Must Share the Blame for the Holocaust

András Simonyi | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Undeniably, in the last 20 or so years, some -- but hardly enough -- efforts have been made in Hungary to look into the past and acknowledge the facts: the Hungarian Holocaust was the result of long years of anti-Semitic and discriminatory policies.

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

19th Century Painting Rendered In 3D Is Aesthetically Awesome

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts

Don't you love when old and new come together to create something wonderful? Hungarian graphic artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas was on vacation with his wi...

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. In response, taxi drivers and teamsters essentially shut down the country over a three-day period. It was just a taste of what was to come in terms of austerity measures.

Christian Missionary Explains How Being Kidnapped Strengthened His Faith

Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion

Andy Dietz was on a Christian missionary trip to Budapest when he was kidnapped by members of the Hungarian mafia as part of a blackmail plot. What mi...

Working Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Women entered the workforce in large numbers in East-Central Europe after World War II. One reason was necessity. The countries had been devastated by war, and many able-bodied men had died as soldiers and forced laborers. Another reason was ideology.

Ecotopia

John Feffer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
John Feffer

The first Ecotopia took place in 1989 in Germany, in a field not far from Cologne in West Germany. Three hundred and fifty people lived in tents for three weeks. They ate organic food. They discussed environmental issues and movement politics. They sang, put on ecoplays, and used a special currency (the ECO) to buy and sell items.

Putin Advisor Gerhard Schroeder Should Resign

András Simonyi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

I am surprised the German Bundestag has not yet adopted a law banning former Chancellors from taking jobs in companies in which authoritarian regimes have a majority stake.

Anti-Semitism Lingers In Hungary 70 Years After Holocaust

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion

BUDAPEST, Hungary (RNS) Seventy years ago today, shortly after the German army invaded Hungary, thousands of Jews were prodded by bayonets and swords ...

The New NATO Secretary General Should Be From Central Europe

András Simonyi | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

NATO is preparing for its next summit meeting to be held in Cardiff in September. This summit cannot be the lackluster, business-as-usual kind of summit in Chicago two years ago.

J'Accuse - My Tale of Two Countries

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

In France, anti-Semitism is often attributed to tension between the Muslim and Jewish communities as well as to critical attitudes toward Israel on the French Left. But, France is a paradox.

Blooming Spring: European Hotlist 2014

Gogobot | Posted 03.13.2014 | Travel
Gogobot

Stuck in snowstorms and sub-zeros? Spring from the pits of winter hibernation to sun-kissed blossoms in Europe. Spring is exquisite in the continent steeped in history, cultivated in culture and bursting with beauty.

Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel Is Wonderful!

Jay Weston | Posted 03.07.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have an old friend who grew up in the years before World War II living in the grand hotels of Europe, where his father was a film salesman. He re...

Edward Putin and Vladimir Snowden

András Simonyi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

On the wall of my office hangs an original of the November 5, 1956 issue of the Baltimore Sun. The headline story is the Russian invasion of Hungary just the day before. It's a grim reminder of the cold breath of Russia in Eastern Europe, I guess relevant these days.

Wooly Beasts and Meat Jelly: Hungary's Spring Countryside Festivals

WHERE | Posted 02.28.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Grab a flight, and head to the land of the Magyars to experience these quintessential Central European spring festivals.

Homeless Man Wins Lottery, Plans To Help Addicts And Abused Women

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact

A former homeless man is now one of his country’s biggest lottery winners. László Andraschek, of Hungary, was on his way to a workshop for reco...

Beyond Fascism and Austerity: Why the Rise of the Radical Right in Hungary Matters

Julia Meszaros | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Julia Meszaros

Ultimately, while Jobbik's discourse surrounding Jewish and Roma populations should be disconcerting to Americans, the more worrying trend should be Jobbik's turn to the 'East'.

The Greatest Threat to Europe

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

If we look a little closer at the agenda of the extreme right, we get warmer. Parties as diverse as Jobbik in Hungary, the National Front in France, and Golden Dawn in Greece have identified a common enemy -- the Other, the non-European, the foreigner.

Speaking One's Tongue in Transylvania

John Feffer | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

When I travelled in the Transylvania region of Romania in 1993, relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians were still tense. There had been outright confrontation and violence in 1990. By 1993, the conflict had largely migrated to the political realm.

Hungary Has No Business in That Russian Orbit and Neither Does the Ukraine

András Simonyi | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

If you haven't noticed, there is something going on in Eastern Europe that resembles the bad old days of the Cold War.

Becoming a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

Bela Racz grew up in a small village in Hungary with a mixed Roma and non-Roma population. In 2009, far-right-wing groups targeted his village. "We blocked the village with cars so that they couldn't enter."