A Rubik’s Cube, a hologram, a ballpoint pen and a dynamo: what may sound like a list of some of the most important inventions involving Hungarian scientists from the past 100 years is actually a gift set for members of the EU delegations during the Hungarian EUâ€?Presidency. EU state secretary Enik? Gy?ri had the rather awkward task of presenting the goodie bags as the result of a selection process aimed at “dispelling stereotypes”.
Representatives of the Hungarian government and the European Commission are scheduled to hold talks in Brussels this Monday over the controversial media law enacted by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s conservative government. The government issued a lengthy reply last Monday to a request from the Commission for “clarification” of several contentious points of the law.
Dear Editor, Two months ago Hungarian voters expressed their dissatisfaction with Gordon Bajnai’s minority Socialist government by giving the leading opposition party, the conservative Fidesz-KDNP coalition, a two-thirds parliamentary majority despite its refusal to offer any specifics as to what it would do once it formed a government.
The EU’s Viennese mirrorIf an EU bureaucrat travelled to turn-of-the-century Vienna, he would be surprised at how closely the empire it governed resembled today’s Europe. Like the EU, Austria-Hungary was a vast experiment in supranational engineering – a patchwork of kingdoms and nationalities knitted together in search of a common geopolitical destiny.