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I was invited to speak in the Energy Security 2011 – Challenges of the Hungarian EU Presidency conference organized by International Centre for Democratic Transition on 7 May 2010. Although I had been involved in the international affairs of railways, I am an economist and talked in the second panel about the price of energy… » read more

We say that history repeats itself. But sometimes, through today’s tragedies, it merely reflects its potential to do so. If we take a moment to look below the surface of this reflection, we see that it is not so much about history eerily repeating itself. Rather, Smolensk foreshadows tomorrow’s battles—cancers that grow out of the… » read more

Condolences for Poland

Condolences for Poland Originally uploaded by antaldaniel Citizens of Budapest mourn the tragedy of the Polish state leaders on the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. H.E. László Sólyom, the Hungarian president, and friend of the Polish president has asked citizens to light candles in front of the Foreign Ministry of Hungary. The statue of… » read more

Many questions are raised around the means of transport of polish president Lech Kaczyński who died today in a plane crash together with 95 people. As a Bulgarian journalist, I am as familiar with those Tu-154, as with my first car, a GDR-made Wartburg. The only difference is that I got rid of my smelly… » read more

The V4+ Energy Summit held in Budapest on 24-26 February ended in a joint declaration signed by the V4 plus Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the perspective member state Croatia (along with Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina). If these countries show such unity as they had in the March 2009 economic crisis summit, it can put a… » read more

Melting the Cold War

The US’s parting ways with its proposed missile defense complex in Poland and the Czech Republic hopefully signals the final stage of the Cold War melting. Obstinate adherence to old Cold War politics may not have been melting as fast as our glaciers, but it was about time that a major shift in strategy emerged… » read more

EUOBSERVER STAFF 02.06.2009 @ 14:29 CET EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS [excerpt] The Conservative leader on Saturday attended a congress in Warsaw together with Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party and the Czech centre-right ODS faction. The three parties plan in June to unveil a new EU political group together with at least four smaller parties from… » read more

This Reuters wire published yesterday is based on official country-by-country plant data available here. The document is compliled from reports submitted by EU member states to the European Commission according to the 2001 Large Combustion Plant Directive. A 1-page graphical summary of the data is here. Knowing in detail where and when highly polluting installations… » read more

There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

Thanks to the Euro, members of the Euro-zone have been able to weather the international financial crisis much better than those outside the euro-zone. Hungary and UK, not to mention Iceland, have seen their currencies coming under pressure for devaluation, as they lacked the solidity and solidarity of the single currency. It is therefore […]… » read more

One nuclear threat a month

The Polish defence minister thinks that Russia has challenged the EU and NATO on such fundamental issues as elimination of borders and the role of a military alliance. He also thinks that Russia threats us a little too often with nuclear war. According to Reuters, in his speech at Columbia University, Radoslaw Sikorski said NATO… » read more

Ten member states, including most of Central Europe has been in the European Union for four years. Some people start to make assessments. Café Bábel’s Krisztina Fogas claims in Happy fourth birthday to Central and Eastern Europe that “it has been four years since the European Union opened its door wide open and welcomed fifteen… » read more

Income and happiness

According to a survey conducted by TÁRKI in the European Social Survey Bulgarians, Hungarians and Russians are the least happy with their lives among 19 European nations. It looks that income is very strongly related how happy Europeans feel. The upper map shows how happy people feel in general about their personal lives, while the… » read more

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