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Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

9 Totally Weird Holiday Traditions Around the World

Findery | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Findery

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the globe, many of which you've probably never heard of -- the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala).

A New Danger to U.S. Interests in Europe: Political Appointees

Robbie Gramer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gramer

Hungary used to embody the promise of the West. Now, the United States and its European allies need to ensure Hungary doesn't embody a failure of the West.

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics

John Feffer | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The world is more complicated. The knots are somehow knottier. Bringing in a council of concerned citizens to patiently untie the Gordian knot of politics may take longer. But, in the end, consent is mightier than the sword.

Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Despite the ongoing struggle for civil rights on the part of ethnic Hungarians and the continued playing of nationalist cards by extremists on both sides, Ungvari Zrinyi believes that the situation has improved overall.

Roma and Local Politics

John Feffer | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

There are somewhere between one and two million Roma in Romania. Ratys estimates that there are around 300 Roma in elected office at a local level. But it's difficult to calculate how underrepresented Roma are at the local level.

Lobbying for Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Activist Judit Hatfaludi took a position with Hungary's Feminist Network to coordinate a campaign to lobby for the pro-choice bill back in the '90s. We recently caught up about the current state of women's issues in Hungary, why the annual Pride marches are no longer like jubilees, and what she does now in her current work as a shaman.

Christina Wilkie

Diplomatic Dust-Up Means Big Bucks For Former GOP Congressman Connie Mack IV

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the United States and Hungary have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, following news that the U.S. imposed travel b...

Grand Architecture, Epic History, Lush Accommodations and Fine Antiques Await in Budapest

Bob Richter | Posted 11.20.2014 | Travel
Bob Richter

The way I see it, a place that creates beauty, must also have a lot of beauty to behold. That theory prompted me to add Budapest to my travel plans, and within minutes of arriving, I knew that I would not be disappointed.

More Malcolm X

John Feffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Aladar Horvath has been a Roma civil rights activist for more than two decades. He created one of the most important Roma organizations -- Phralipe -- and served in the Hungarian parliament in the early 1990s. He has also studied the experience of African Americans.

Resolving Conflicts in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

An ethnic map of Romania explains a great deal about the relations between the majority and the minorities in Romania. Ethnic Hungarians have an absolute majority in two counties -- Harghita and Covasna -- in the very heart of the country.

On Memory, Loss, and the Holocaust

Kati Marton | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Kati Marton

Active engagement in public life is the most meaningful way to honor those we have lost, in my case my grandparents, my parents and my husband -- who did so much to fight the bullies and the demagogues on the world stage -- all the while putting up with a feisty Hungarian wife for 17 years.

How To See More On Your Next Vacation

Viator | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Viator

With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks?

John Feffer | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Misreadings of what's taking place on the eastern stretches of Europe contribute to an almost 1946-like sense of foreboding and inevitability.

Hungary in Revolt, 1956: The First Rip in the Iron Curtain

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Ben Cosgrove

It lasted less than three weeks, from October 23 until November 10, but the Hungarian Revolution that convulsed Budapest and the rest of Hungary in la...

From Budapest With Love

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Adriana Aristizábal

New Yorkers expect the best of everything, and recently I had the opportunity to see one of the best: Zoltan Maga, Hungary's most celebrated violin virtuoso, a man who brings Hungarian cultural traditions to the rest of the world.

Hungary's Independent Peace Movement

John Feffer | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

One of the great stories of the 1980s to be obscured by the success of civil society organizations like Solidarity in Poland and Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia was the rise of an independent peace movement in a region dominated by official peace councils.

Growing Up in Transylvania

John Feffer | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Agnes Gagyi has followed in the footsteps of her parents to become a critical intellectual. We talked about the rise and fall of extreme nationalism in Transylvania, the arrival of NGOs in Romania, the roots of the new populism in Hungary, and the emergence of the Fourth Republic.

Hungary for Music: Folk and Electro-Folk From Hungary

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

It's no coincidence that most of the best-known Hungarian composers loved folk music; the country has unusually rich and deep folk traditions, and many modern Hungarians are fully aware of the treasures of their heritage.

Why President Obama's Visit to Estonia Really Matters

Erik Brattberg | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

President Obama's brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn't have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia's invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

Rebuilding Hungary's Green Politics

John Feffer | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has a rich tradition of environmental activism, from the anti-dam campaigns of the 1980s to the nature conservation efforts of the post-Communist period. It has also seen the rise and fall of a number of Green parties, including the most recent, Politics Can Be Different (LMP).

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

Eating Healthy in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

It wasn't particularly easy to find vegetarian cooking in Hungary when I was there in 1990. This was the land of goulash and chicken paprikas, after all. So when I met Ferenc Fruhwald in 1990, he was way ahead of the curve.