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On March 8, 2015, oligarch Lajos Simicska conducted interviews with the moderate pro-government website Mandiner and the opposition television station ATV. During the interview with… 1,314 more words


Birds of a Feather

On February 17, 2015, President Vladimir Putin of Russia made an eight-hour official visit to Budapest. There hadn’t been so much portentous excitement among Hungarians surrounding the arrival of a foreign statesman to their country in a long time, perhaps even since the System Change. 905 more words


Putin a Budapest

Il giorno della visita di Putin  a Budapest, tentando di stringergli la mano, o almeno di raccontare la giornata sua e della nazione

‘E’ febbraio, un mese freddo, ho portato una stufetta dall’italia,ma la spina a 3 qui non entra nelle prese. 1,541 more words

Politica Ungherese

Viktor Orbán: from bashing the Bear to Putin's pal

“Ferry-country, shuttling between East and West” – this is how the Hungarian poet Endre Ady angrily described his homeland in 1905. Ady was scolding those who promised Western development but broke their promises. 1,412 more words


Putin Niet, Europa Si.

Aspettando la visita di Putin Vladimir di domani, in corteo per dire “non lo vogliamo”

Riesco a uscire di casa solo alle 19, ma per fortuna questa volta il corteo mi passa quasi dentro l’udvar (il cortile di casa) e in poco tempo arrivo al korut (il grande viale circolare, vera arteria dei uartieri centrali di Budapest). 876 more words

Politica Ungherese

Taking the Ball

On January 31, 2015, President Gábor Vona of the radical-nationalist party Jobbik presented his annual “appraisal of the year” [évértékelő] address in Budapest ( 913 more words


Hungarian demonstrations in Helsinki: after the Arab Spring, the Hungarian Spring?

Starting last November, Helsinki citizens and passers-by can sometimes see groups of people demonstrating in the Finnish capital, either on Mannerheimintie, either in front of the Cathedral (photo). 1,068 more words