Keyword: hungary

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Moody's downgrades Hungarian debt, Gov steals private pensions (Model for 401-K theft here?)

    12/06/2010 9:32:15 AM PST · by SanFranDan · 10 replies
    AP via drudge ^ | 12/6/10
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded Hungary's government bonds by two notches on Monday, citing worries about public finance policies and exposure to foreign financial shocks, such as the European debt crisis. snip Prime Minister Viktor Orban's center-right government has committed to budget deficit limits set by the European Union but has resorted to unusual methods - including special taxes on banks and energy, telecommunications and retail companies - to reduce the deficit below 3 percent of GDP in coming years. The government is also planning to fill budget holes with some $13.3 billion (euro10 billion) accumulated...
  • Remember My Discussion on Pensions?

    11/29/2010 2:41:49 PM PST · by The Comedian · 24 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | Nov. 29, 2010 | Karl Denninger
    France is the latest to seize pension assets. They follow Hungary and Ireland. There will be more. And eventually, it will come here - and when it does, you will get hosed. There is only one way to stop it. You, the American people, must demand that all of the bad loans that were made by banks be forced back onto them and defaulted. At the same time the government must stand back and let the adjustment take place. Yes, this will detonate the banks. Yes, this will result in huge losses. Yes, this will result in a short-term dislocation...
  • There Go Irish and Hungarian Pensions? (Your 401k/IRA someday soon too?)

    11/24/2010 8:55:12 PM PST · by Frantzie · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-24-2010 | Leo Kolivakis
    A sharp increase in taxation, deep cuts in social welfare payments, a reduction in the minimum wage and a modest property tax are among the elements in the Government’s four-year National Recovery Plan. Tax relief on pensions will be reduced dramatically and recipients of public sector pensions will face cuts for the first time. The 140-page plan published yesterday outlines a package of measures designed to reduce public spending by €10 billion and raise an extra €5 billion in taxes by 2014.
  • ZOA: It's Troubling To See Jewish Leaders Defend Israel/U.S. Basher George Soros

    11/17/2010 5:19:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    IMRA ^ | 11-17-10
    ZOA: It's Troubling To See Jewish Leaders Defend Israel/U.S. Basher George Soros Against Glenn Beck's Criticism November 16, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Morton A. Klein Phone: 212-481-1500 Soros: 1944 (Nazi occupation) “was happiest time of my life … adventure … fun” The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed its concern over the strong criticism that a number of American Jewish leaders and other prominent Jews in recent days have directed at Fox broadcaster, Glenn Beck, for his criticism of Israel/U.S.-basher, financier George Soros, regarding his behavior in Nazi-occupied Budapest in 1944. In that year, George Soros’ father...
  • George Soros: The Enemy Within

    10/21/2010 2:29:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 22 replies
    Bear Witness ^ | February 18, 2010 | Laus Deo & Chris Jones
    "Who is behind Barak Obama, Who is pulling the strings??". Here is what Mr. Kroft's research has turned up.........bit of a read, but it took 4 months to put it together... “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”—George Soros “George Soros is an evil man. He’s anti-God, anti-family, anti-American, and anti-good.” —Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Is it possible to lay the global financial meltdown, the radicalizing of the Democratic Party, and America’s moral decline, at the feet of one man? YES, It is indeed possible.
  • Nazi hunter Zuroff on trial for libel

    10/15/2010 12:37:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 17 replies
    JTA ^ | 10/13/10 | Staff
    Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff is fighting libel charges filed by an alleged war criminal in Hungary. The case, being heard in a Budapest courtroom, began Oct. 8 and is scheduled to continue through a final hearing Dec. 16.It is likely the first time that a man under investigation for mass murder has sued his accusers, Zuroff told JTA. Zuroff, who has been searching for Nazi war criminals under the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Operation Last Chance program, submitted documents to the Hungarian authorities in August 2006 to prove that Sandor Kepiro, while serving as a Hungarian gendarmerie officer in World War...
  • Hungarian Physicist Dr. Ferenc Miskolczi proves CO2 emissions irrelevant in Earth’s Climate

    01/12/2010 7:46:53 AM PST · by Danae · 34 replies · 1,647+ views ^ | 1-12-2010 | Dianna Cotter
    For years now, we have been told that science is dedicatedly attempting to find out how the Earth’s Climate works. With all possible seriousness, the most publically vocal of these scientists, those working for the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), have for the last several years blamed the warming they “found” on Carbon Dioxide. With the release of the CRU (Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia) email database, it is very clearly apparent that the scientists involved with the IPCC were doctoring data to give a specific result. That result was designed to look as if CO2was...
  • A flood of toxic sludge in Hungary (horrifying pictures)

    10/07/2010 3:26:00 PM PDT · by lizol · 36 replies
    The Big Picture ^ | October 6, 2010
    A flood of toxic sludge On Monday, October 4th, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four people, and injured over 120 - many with chemical burns. The 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River. Emergency workers rushed to pour 1,000 tons of plaster into the Marcal River in an attempt to bind the sludge and keep it from flowing on to the Danube...
  • Hungary opens criminal probe into sludge disaster

    10/06/2010 8:39:48 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 7 replies
    KOLONTAR, Hungary – Hungary's top investigative agency opened a criminal probe into the toxic sludge flood Wednesday while the European Union and environmental groups warned the disaster could spread down the Danube and have long-term consequences for half a dozen nations.
  • No. 3 reactor block of the Kola Nuclear Power Plant was shut down

    09/28/2010 6:35:52 PM PDT · by The Comedian · 14 replies
    The No. 3 reactor block of the embattled Kola Nuclear Power Plant was shut down today by its automatic switch off in what is a seeming series of more and more incidents at the Kola, and well as other Russian NPPs. In a release on Kola NPP’s website, operators said that, “at 1:38 am on September 28, the automatic protection switch of the No. 3 reactor block shut the unit down as a result of a malfunction in one of the elements in the system responsible for pressure control in the first compartment. The reason for the malfunction is being...
  • Battle of Mohacs, August 29, 1526 [Suleiman, Ottomans defeat Hungarians on this date]

    08/29/2010 9:59:43 AM PDT · by syriacus · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | June 4, 2010 | Callistrid
    Ultimate result -- 150 years of Turkish rule of Hungary
  • Hungarian priest gets on skateboard to connect

    08/18/2010 6:14:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | August 16, 2010
    Zoltan Lendvai's first skateboard bore the papal coat of armsA Hungarian Catholic priest who spreads God's word from a skateboard has become an internet sensation.A video of the Reverend Zoltan Lendvai, 45, in action has attracted almost 170,000 hits on YouTube.The video, Funny Priest Skateboarding, shows Father Lendvai, clad in full clerical garb, displaying his moves.It is not clear whether he has mastered the nose-grind or the kick-flip, but his skills have helped attract young people to his church.Father Lendvai, whose first board bore the papal coat of arms, believes skateboarding can pave the way to God for young people.He...
  • Hungary's IMF revolt augurs ill for Greece (people will refuse austerity eventually)

    07/19/2010 4:01:46 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 6 replies · 5+ views ^ | 7/20/2010 |
    "We told the IMF/EU that further austerity was out of the question," said Hungary's economic minister Gyorgy Matolcsy, offering no hint that the Fidesz government is willing to back down despite yesterday's surge in Hungarian default costs by 51 basis points. .... Lars Christensen, of Danske Bank, said events in Budapest are a warning of what may happen in the Baltics later this year, and then in Greece and other parts of EMU-periphery forced to undergo wage cuts and harsh fiscal tightening. "It is incredible how long Hungary has been struggling to get over its imbalances. It first began austerity...
  • Hungary Minister: IMF Talks Break Off On Lack Of Austerity

    07/19/2010 3:37:52 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 19 July 2010 | Margit Feher
    BUDAPEST (Dow Jones)--Hungary's talks with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union broke off Saturday as the government refused to implement fiscal austerity measures to reach this year's budget deficit target, Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said Sunday."We said that further austerity measures cannot be carried out...That's the problem that we are in the fifth year of austerity measures, that's why we are where we are," Matolcsy said in an interview on private television channel HirTV.The IMF and EU walked out Saturday from their latest review of Hungary's 20 billion Euro credit line that would allow the country to draw...
  • Cyprus police arrest suspect in U.S.-Russia spy case

    06/29/2010 5:19:16 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2010
    (Reuters) - A man suspected of being the 11th member of a U.S. spy ring allegedly working for Russia has been arrested and released on bail in Cyprus, police said on Tuesday. Robert Christopher Metsos, 55, was arrested at Cyprus's Larnaca airport as he tried to leave the island for Budapest early on Tuesday, police said. A magistrate released Metsos on bail of 20,000 euros ($24,410) bail to reappear in court within 30 days, when an extradition hearing will start. "Based on the (Interpol) red notice we received, he is wanted for money laundering and espionage," police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos...
  • Hungary, Despite Comparisons, Is No Greece

    06/06/2010 4:13:06 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 72+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 6 June 2010 | Landon Thomas, Jr
    By the numbers, Hungary is not Greece. Its budget deficit is about one-half that of Greece. It lies outside the euro zone and so could, if pressed, lift exports by devaluing its currency, the forint. Most crucial, it is in the midst of an economic overhaul with the International Monetary Fund and can call upon an additional $2 billion if needed. But that did not prevent the politically charged comments made last week by senior Hungarian officials from sending world markets into a tailspin on Friday. The reason, perhaps, is that the newly elected center-right prime minister, Viktor Orban —...
  • U.S. Jobs Report Compounds Europe's Woes. Hungary facing Greece-like sovereign-debt crisis

    06/04/2010 12:04:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 183+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/04/2010 | By ISHAQ SIDDIQI And ANDREA TRYPHONIDES
    European shares fell Friday, hit on two fronts after Hungary reignited concerns about debt in Europe and the U.S. reported a disappointing reading on the job market. The euro sank, with traders citing official comments on Hungary's woes and rumors of derivative problems at Société Générale. "We won't comment on market rumors," a spokeswoman for France's third-largest bank said, adding, "if we had something to say, we would have said it." Its stock fell 7.6%. HSBC Bank caused jitters with a research note to clients in which it downgraded Europe excluding the U.K. to "underweight" from "neutral." "There remains too...
  • Wall Street tumbles on jobs data, European worries (Hungary, next debt-ridden nation to go 'Greek'?)

    06/04/2010 11:14:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/10 | Leah Schnurr
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks sank on Friday after a disappointing May jobs figure, while investors were spooked by the possibility of another debt crisis, this time in Hungary. Data showed the U.S. economy added fewer-than-expected jobs last month, with a large portion of those being temporary hirings for the U.S. Census. "There's no other way to describe it except flat out disappointing," said Mike O'Rourke, chief market strategist at BTIG LLC in New York. "Once you get beyond the Census numbers, it was abysmal." The drop of more than 2 percent in stocks follows Wall Street's first back-to-back advances...
  • European Stocks Down; SocGen Slides (Hungary Next)

    06/04/2010 5:07:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 4, 2010 | Ishaq Siddiqi and Andrea Tryphonides
    European stocks turned lower as concerns about the health of the region reemerged following some bearish comments by leading investment banks, prompting fears that an economic recovery may be derailed. The euro sank, with traders citing official comments on Hungary's woes and rumors of derivative problems at Société Générale. The bank declined to comment, but its stock was recently down 6.5%.
  • The Next Greece? It's Hungary

    06/03/2010 9:29:10 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies · 463+ views
    TheStreet ^ | 6/3/2010 | Win Thin
    An election in a debt-laden European country brings in a new government, which then proceeds to claim that the previous government hid "skeletons" in the closet and masked the true depth of its fiscal problems. Greece? No, Hungary. In case the parallels were too subtle for the market, Lajos Kosa, the deputy chairman of the incoming Fidesz party, warned that Hungary has a "slim" chance of avoiding a Greece-like situation. Although he may be indulging in a bit of hyperbole, we do note that Hungary's fundamentals are among the worst in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with an external...
  • Socialists in Hungary Are Ousted in Elections

    04/25/2010 9:20:55 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 7 replies · 580+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 25, 2010 | DAN BILEFSKY
    Hungary’s center-right Fidesz party secured a two-thirds majority in second-round parliamentary elections on Sunday, ousting the governing Socialist Party and giving it the authority to pass legislation, including crucial economic changes, without having to form alliances with the opposition. With nearly all the votes counted, the Fidesz party, led by Viktor Orban, who promised to restore “law and order” and pull Hungary from recession, won 263 of the 386 seats in Parliament, followed by 59 seats for the Socialists and 47 seats for the far-right Jobbik party. The Jobbiks have drawn international scorn for what some critics call barely veiled...
  • Landslide victory for Hungary's conservative opposition

    04/25/2010 3:31:51 PM PDT · by annalex · 68 replies · 2,121+ views
    BBC ^ | 20:57 GMT, Sunday, 25 April 2010 21:57 UK
    'Landslide win' for Hungary party More than 100 seats were at stake in Sunday's vote Hungary's conservative opposition party Fidesz has won a two-thirds general election victory, second round results have confirmed. With 99.22% of votes counted, the party had nearly 68% of the popular vote and 263 of the 386 seats in parliament, the national election committee said. Almost a third of the seats were left to be decided on Sunday following the first round two weeks ago. Fidesz promised to create jobs, lower taxes and reduce bureaucracy. The ruling Socialists were in second place on 15% (59...
  • Head of far-right Hungarian party Jobbik vows to wipe out ‘Gypsy crime’

    04/14/2010 2:13:11 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 565+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/13/2010 | Adam LeBor
    The leader of a far-right party that won 16.7 per cent of votes in the Hungarian elections has pledged to “eradicate Gypsy crime”. Gabor Vona, the head of Jobbik, also pledged “very distinct and very spectacular politics”. He said that he would wear the uniform of the Magyar Garda (Hungarian Guard), Jobbik’s banned uniformed wing, at the opening of Parliament. After a series of court cases the Garda has been declared illegal and police have arrested its members at public gatherings. Viktor Orban, the leader of the centre-right Fidesz — and almost certain to be the country’s next Prime Minister...
  • 'Openly Anti-Semitic' Party Gains Power in Hungary

    04/12/2010 6:12:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 644+ views
    inn ^ | 4/12/10 | Maayana Miskin
    The center-right and far-right won by a wide margin in Hungary's elections Sunday, initial results showed. The right-wing Fidesz party took 52.77 percent of the vote, and the far-right Jobbik party took 16.71. The incumbent Socialist party took only 19.29 percent. Runoffs will be held later in the month in districts where no candidate received a majority of the votes. The results were a cause for concern for European Jewish groups, which have accused Jobbik of anti-Semitism and racial hatred. One Hungarian Jewish group labeled Sunday's election the first time “a movement pursuing openly anti-Semitic policies” has gained power in...
  • Hungary elections: first step to power for far-Right since Nazi era

    04/11/2010 10:21:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 702+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/11/2010 | Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    Far-Right has taken more parliamentary seats in Hungary’s national elections than at any time since the Second World War. Fidesz, Hungary's centre-Right party, won 52.77 per cent of the vote, based on 99 per cent of votes counted, in a blow to the Socialist government. Jobbik, a far-Right party, gained entry into parliament for the first time after winning 16.71 per cent of votes, behind the ruling Socialists who took 19.29 per cent. Jobbik Rally Dunakeszi Hungary. Members of Magyar Garda (Hungarian Guard) watch over supporters at the rally Hungary's largest Jewish organisation warned that the vote was "the first...
  • Hungarian voters expected to usher in right

    04/11/2010 12:47:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 489+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | Monday, April 12, 2010
    Hungarians voted yesterday in a general election that looked likely to bring the right-wing Fidesz party back to power, while giving a far-right group its first ticket into parliament. Some 8.3 million Hungarians are eligible to vote, with surveys predicting a stunning victory for Fidesz as well as the entry to the national parliament of the far-right Jobbik party, known for its anti-Semitic rhetoric. Fidesz leader Viktor Orban, who served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002, cast his ballot in the first round vote at an elementary school in Budapest, accompanied by his wife and two of their five...
  • Rise of Hungary's far-Right Jobbik party stirs disturbing echoes of the 1940s

    04/04/2010 4:37:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 526+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/03/10 | Matthew Day
    Rise of Hungary's far-Right Jobbik party stirs disturbing echoes of the 1940s As Hungary prepares to vote in a crucial election, the far-Right Jobbik party expects great success - to the consternation of democrats and those old enough to remember the fascist past. By Matthew Day in Budapest Published: 6:04PM BST 03 Apr 2010 As the youthful leader of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party arrived for an election rally, his followers gave him a welcome that had disturbing echoes of Europe in the 1940s. Two ranks of Hungarian Guards, in paramilitary-style uniforms, snapped to attention as Gabor Vona marched past them....
  • Rise of Hungary's far-Right Jobbik party stirs disturbing echoes of the 1940s

    04/03/2010 8:52:33 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 29 replies · 1,279+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 3, 2010 | Matthew Day
    As Hungary prepares to vote in a crucial election, the far-Right Jobbik party expects great success - to the consternation of democrats and those old enough to remember the fascist past. The rally in a school hall in the normally sleepy town of Dunakeszi was packed with hundreds of supporters. They cheered as Mr Vona promised to rid Hungary of corruption and crack down on foreign interests. He spoke about stopping Roma, the country's biggest ethnic minority, from sponging off the state - forcing anyone claiming benefits to perform public service in return. He promised to "give back Hungary's national...
  • Hungarian PRT Funds Completion of Afghan School

    02/12/2010 4:13:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 116+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    Hungarian Provincial Team members sit with Afghan officials and citizens at the opening of a new school in the Yarme Ulya settlement of the Jelga district, Baghlan Province, Feb. 4, 2010. The PRT provided funding to the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Develpment to complete the school. (Photo by ISAF Public Affairs) ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-02-SD-052 Feature News Release  KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 11) - The Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team helped fund the completion of a school recently in Baghlan Province. The Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development started the National Solidarity Programme in 2003 and within the...
  • The Danube Strategy

    01/08/2010 4:27:45 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 688+ views
    BUDAPEST/BERLIN/ULM(Own report) - The Hungarian government has announced a "Danube Summit Meeting" for next month to implement the - German inspired - "Danube Strategy". Following in depth talks in Berlin, the Hungarian foreign minister announced that the "Danube Summit" will be held in Budapest at the end of February. The summit will prepare closer ties of the Danube region to the EU's hegemonic power, which should be adopted, as the EU's Danube Strategy, during Hungary's EU Council presidency in the first half of 2011. The Hungarian government's Danube activities are in line with demands of German economic interests, seeking to...
  • Cause of Beatification of Empress Zita Opened

    12/14/2009 7:59:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 609+ views
    NewLiturgicalMovement ^ | December 13, 2009 | Gregor Kollmorgen
    Many readers will rejoice - fittingly on this Gaudete Sunday - to learn that last Thursday, 10 December 2009, the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Zita, last Empress of Austria and wife of Blessed Emperor Charles, was solemnly opened by His Excellency Msgr. Yves Le Saux, Bishop of Le Mans, France. The process was opened in Le Mans, and not in the Swiss diocese of Chur, where the Empress died 20 years ago in 1989 in Zizers, with the consent of Msgr. Huonder, the Bishop of Chur, and the permission of the Congregation for the Causes of...
  • United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to... [1 to France;1 to Hungary]

    12/01/2009 4:16:10 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 474+ views
    U.S. (2 press releases) ^ | December 1, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 1, 2009 United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to France WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today announced that a detainee has been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the control of the government of France. As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, the detainee was approved for transfer from Guantanamo Bay. In accordance...
  • Breaking: Gunman opens fire at Pecs University in Hungary

    11/26/2009 5:12:32 AM PST · by darkside321 · 3 replies · 372+ views
    A gunman has attacked a university in southern Hungary, wounding at least four people, local media report. The man is reported to have entered the biophysics research institute at Pecs University (PTE) and opened fire. Two of those injured were in a critical condition, according to national news agency MTI. A 23-year-old man has been detained by police, the agency said, and eyewitnesses say the scene of the shooting has been closed off.
  • Hungarian bishop who froze in communist prison beatified as martyr

    11/17/2009 8:51:58 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 600+ views
    Printer Friendly Format World Hungarian bishop who froze in communist prison beatified as martyr By Catholic News Service Posted: 11/13/2009 ESZTERGOM, Hungary (CNS) -- Hungarian Bishop Zoltan Meszlenyi, who froze to death in a Hungarian prison in 1951, has been beatified as a martyr for the faith. "His readiness to apply the church's love was shown clearly when he was dragged away and kept in inhuman conditions, barefoot through the winter, in solitary confinement without medical help," said Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who preached the homily at the Oct. 31 beatification Mass in Esztergom. "For many years, a...
  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • Implants welcome at Hungary pageant

    10/11/2009 8:41:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 1,241+ views
    AP ^ | October 10, 2009
    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- It was a night for unnatural beauties. Contestants showed off breast implants, nose jobs and face lifts as Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic surgery in a country where artificial enhancements are viewed mostly with a wary eye. "I think this competition is long overdue," said photographer Marton Szipal, one of the pageant judges. "Hungarians used to laugh about plastic surgery but it's time for Hungarian women to care more about their appearance. They are the most beautiful in Europe."
  • Slovakia: No Hungarian spoken in public

    09/02/2009 2:49:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 18 replies · 716+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept. 2, 2009
    Slovakia: No Hungarian spoken in public Published: Sept. 2, 2009 at 12:18 AM BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia demonstrated Tuesday against a new law allowing only the use of Slovak language in public institutions, Hungarian officials said. Slovakia maintains the law comports with European standards, but Hungarian protesters say it violates international law, the BBC reported. The penalty for the regular public misuse of the Slovak language is a fine of up to $7,000, which is close to the average yearly salary in Slovakia, the news service reported. A meeting between the prime ministers of...
  • Guitar Trio and Tractor

    08/31/2009 4:52:10 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 10 replies · 656+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2009 | none
    Hilarious (if you are a musician)
  • Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies

    08/27/2009 12:47:54 PM PDT · by Borges · 112 replies · 3,661+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/27/09
    BUCHAREST, Romania - At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies — and the cheers gave way to jeers. The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe. Despite long-standing efforts to stamp out rampant bias, human rights advocates say Roma probably suffer more humiliation and endure more discrimination than any other people group on the continent. Sometimes, it can be deadly: In...
  • Round the Danube Bend

    08/26/2009 1:18:34 PM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 481+ views
    TOL | 26 August 2009 | Balint Szlanko
    Round the Danube Bend by Balint Szlanko 26 August 2009 Those upstart Slovaks are at it again, sneering at the nation that ruled them for a thousand years. The Slovak thugs have finally shown their true colors. As if their archaic language law limiting the use of Hungarian in public were not enough, last week they banned Laszlo Solyom, the Hungarian president, from visiting Komarno, where he was due to speak at the unveiling of a statue of St. Stephen, an 11th-century Hungarian (and by extension, Slovak) king. The Slovaks have been a thorn in the side of the Hungarian...
  • The Picnic That Changed Europe

    08/19/2009 4:10:09 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 4 replies · 1,061+ views
    Global Post ^ | August 19, 2009 06:32 ET | Colin Woodard
    Participants in a very eventful picnic gather for its 20th anniversary at the Austro-Hungarian border. Twenty years ago Wednesday, Hungarian Border Guard Arpad Bella was standing in front of that gate in his summer uniform, pistol at his side, awaiting the arrival of a special delegation of Austrian visitors. Bella’s men had been told to be on the lookout. Meanwhile, reformers within Hungary’s Communist Party had given local democracy activists permission to organize a symbolic event on the border — a “pan-European picnic” in which they would share food, wine and declarations of cooperation with their Austrian neighbors. With foreign...
  • Weimar Germany's Hyperinflation Was Nothing Compared to Other Countries

    08/19/2009 8:53:00 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 449+ views
    Washington's Blog ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | Washington's Blog
    You've heard how bad things were in the Weimar Republic, when people would rush straight to stores to buy food after receiving a pay check because their money would buy much less the next day. But it turns out that Germany's hyperinflation in 1923 was nothing compared to that experienced by Hungary, Zimbabwe and Yugoslavia. In a new paper published by the Cato Institute, economics professor Steve Hanke lists the all-time worst episodes of hyperinflation: Note that Hungary's daily inflation rate was ten times greater than that in Weimar Germany, and prices doubled almost six times faster in Hungary than...
  • WWII US airman's remains repatriated from Hungary

    08/08/2009 1:51:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 389+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | Aug. 4, 2009 | PABLO GORONDI
    WWII US airman's remains repatriated from Hungary By PABLO GORONDI (AP) – 4 days ago BUDAPEST, Hungary — The remains of a U.S. airman killed in Hungary near the end of World War II are on their way back to the United States, officials said Tuesday. The remains of Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Steinford were discovered five years ago in a mass grave in the town of Zirc in western Hungary, where he had been buried with 26 Soviet soldiers. Steinford, a native of Iowa, was part of a 10-man crew of a B-17 bomber which was shot down near...
  • Remembering a Hungarian Freedom Fighter

    07/29/2009 5:26:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 364+ views ^ | July 29, 2009 | Austin Bay
    "I am now only an American professor," Gen. Bela Kiraly said with a grin. His grin was a survivor's grin -- a charming, elegant East European survivor with a sense of humor about himself and perhaps the end-of-1984 Christmas party. Smile and sip the holiday brew, for we were about to survive George Orwell's ominous year in which The Party prohibits free thought and exerts total control over Oceania -- Orwell's fictional masks for communism crushing Great Britain. We were in non-fictional Brooklyn, however, in a real friend's home, and we were quite free to speak and think. I suggested...
  • An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe (IMPORTANT)

    07/19/2009 1:35:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 1,993+ views ^ | 2009-07-15 | Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istv
    An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe 2009-07-15 by Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istvan Gyarmati, Vaclav Havel, Rastislav Kacer, Sandra Kalniete, Karel Schwarzenberg, Michal Kovac, Ivan Krastev, Alexander Kwasniewski, Mart Laar, Kadri Liik, Janos Martonyi. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Adam Rotfeld, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Alexandr Vondra, Lech Walesa. We have written this letter because, as Central and Eastern European (CEE) intellectuals and former policymakers, we care deeply about the future of the transatlantic relationship as well as the future quality of relations between the United States and the countries of...
  • C-17 leaves for Hungarian base

    07/18/2009 5:13:43 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 2 replies · 382+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | July 18, 2009 | Schuyler Kropf
    The first C-17 cargo plane to be stationed in Hungary is on its way to becoming a workhorse for NATO countries and other friendly nations. The C-17 Globemaster, which was parked at the Charleston Air Force Base on Friday, is just a few days off the Boeing assembly line. It is destined for Papa Air Base, a former Soviet jet base that was going to close until Hungary emerged as a NATO country. The plane will fly a variety of transport missions in support of NATO, possibly in Iraq and Afghanistan and for humanitarian relief projects. The plane will be...
  • 1956 National Guard commander Bela Kiraly dies

    Budapest - Bela Kiraly, a key figure in Hungary's ill-fated anti-Soviet revolution in 1956, died at the age of 97, the Ministry of Defence told MTI on Saturday. Inaugurated as an officer in 1935, Kadar graduated from the Budapest Military Academy in 1942, then took part in the Second World War. Promoted to general in 1950, he became commander of the Military Academy. A year later, however, he was sentenced to death, later mitigated to life imprisonment, under the trumped-up charge of conspiracy against the state. A key phase of his life was the 1956 revolution and freedom fight when...
  • European elections: extremist and fringe parties are the big winner(Ancient Regime dying)

    06/07/2009 10:12:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,510+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 06/08/09 | David Charter and Rory Watson
    European elections: extremist and fringe parties are the big winners Millions of voters deserted mainstream parties in the wake of the economic crisis David Charter and Rory Watson in Brussels Extremist and fringe parties were the beneficiaries as voters across Europe deserted mainstream parties or stayed at home in protest at the state of their economies. The Centre Left was set to be the big loser across the 27 European Union countries with the Centre Right consolidating its position as the largest group in the Parliament. Anti-immigrant parties gained MEPs in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Governing...
  • Gazprom lurks behind sale of Hungarian gas distributor

    05/07/2009 6:10:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 272+ views
    DPA ^ | May 7, 2009
    Budapest - Hungary's largest gas distribution company Emfesz has been sold to Swiss-based firm RosGas AG, Emfesz spokesman Igor Gallyas said Thursday, confirming a report in the Russian newspaper Vedomosti. The news has prompted speculation that the Russian energy giant Gazprom, which is believed to be behind RosGas, is looking to strengthen its hold over the Hungarian, and by extension, the EU market. Gallyas, speaking to the Hungarian news agency MTI, neither confirmed nor denied the report by Vedomosti that RosGas is part of Gazprom's family of subsidiaries. However, in a statement posted on its website on April 28, Emfesz...
  • Hungary economy to drop 5-6 percent

    04/03/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 1 replies · 247+ views
    UPI ^ | April 3, 2009
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 3 (UPI) -- The Hungarian government expressed fears its economy would shrink by 5-6 percent this year, nearly twice as much as earlier projections suggested. Hungarian Deputy Finance Minister Laszlo Keller said economic experts were certain the decline will be deeper than the government's original prognosis of an annual drop of 3.5 percent in 2009, the Budapest Times online newspaper reported Friday. The government of Prime Minister-nominee Gordon Bajnai, taking into consideration the new prognosis of up to 6 percent recession, should work out a new state budget for 2009, Keller said. Bajnai already planned public spending...