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Growing Up in Transylvania

John Feffer | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.

Starting Out With Fidesz

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Attila Ledenyi was one of the early shapers of Fidesz. He was in charge of international relations in the organization's early years. He's quick to remind me, when we met last May after 23 years, that Fidesz wasn't a political party in those early years.

Arab Spring or Arab Winter? A Lack of Leadership

Donald Blinken | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Donald Blinken

The United States and its European friends should continue to encourage the political leaders and peoples of the Arab Spring to identify and support leaders of vision and probity, whom they, and we, can rally around.

Cultivating Empathy in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

"There is a lot of mistrust here," Julieta Nagy Navarro told me. "And that's a response to a particular attitude: I must grab whatever I can for myself."

Orbán Designs to Turn Hungary into 'Illiberal' State

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

It sounds like a headline from the European version of The Onion, but Viktor Orbán, months from winning a landslide reelection in April, announced his intentions to turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state,' modeled after China or Russia.

Interview: What Can Be Expected From Ukrainian Right in the Midst of Political and Military Crisis?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In addition to the military crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of pro-Russian separatist rebels, Kiev now confronts a growing political crisis as the country gears up for new elections. What can we expect from the Ukrainian right, and how will nationalist forces seek to profit from escalating tensions with Russia?

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Eastern Europe: Better Views, Cheaper Prices, and Fewer Crowds

Shermans Travel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Paris, Rome, and London are all classic first-time Eurotrip destinations. But for savvy or returning travelers, Eastern European cities -- think: Prague, Budapest, and Tallinn, among offers -- offer just as much beauty and history, but at cheaper prices and in fewer crowds.

Protesting Media Control in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

On the surface, Hungary enjoys freedom of the press. The Internet is a veritable free-for-all displaying a full range of opinions. But if you look a little deeper, this freedom of the press is actually quite limited.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

WATCH: The Best Jump Rope Tandem In The World

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

The Banhegyi sisters have been skipping rope for more than 20 years. That thorough experience has landed them spots with Cirque du Soleil, and rece...

Good Bye Brother Tommy Ramone, Rest in Peace

András Simonyi | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
András Simonyi

He was an amazing talent, a true innovator, a virtuoso drummer and guitarist. He was also a fellow Hungarian.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

Honoring Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Raoul Wallenberg: One Man Who Made a Difference

Mark Brzezinski | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Mark Brzezinski

On July 9, the American Congress will convey a powerful message through the bestowal of the Congressional Gold Medal to remember the courageous acts of Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat who chose to rise to a higher moral calling.

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

minube | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
minube

With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.ne...

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

On Red Mud and Other Messes

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 2010, in Hungary, a reservoir wall containing the industrial sludge pond of an alumina plant collapsed and more than a million cubic meters of toxic red mud swept across the countryside, through several villages, and into the rivers feeding the Danube. Accidents happen. But this was not a complete surprise.