Regions / Hungary
Europe should be the world's superpower. So why is it on the verge of collapse?
Many leave Hungary and the rest of East-Central Europe in search of opportunity; others arrive in search of better lives.
Democracy has become more about bureaucratic procedure and less about the people.
Homelessness in Hungary no longer means exile or alienation as during the Soviet era, but no roof over one’s head.
Few images from the last days of the Cold War are as enduring in the West as the fall of the Berlin Wall. But in Central and Eastern Europe, a more complex picture emerges.
According to Central Europe expert Dariusz Kalan, the biggest mistake since the Warsaw Pact was disbanded is that “we don’t have a common voice in Central Europe.”
The countries of the former Warsaw Pact are not knuckling under to pressure from Russia. They're trying to avoid a new cold war.
The business community hasn’t begun to see Roma as consumers because it’s too busy worrying about how an association with them would adversely affect its image.
“Women’s liberation” made little if any impact in the latter days of the Communist era.
Hungarians take pride in the often hermetic nature of their culture, but can be prone to slighting outside influences.