Regions / Hungary
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.
Hungarian environmentalists had been trying to create an authentic Green Party ever since the end of Communism.
Many of the citizens of Transylvania in Romania are of Hungarian descent and speak Hungarian.
Hungary, once a liberal democracy, regressed to a semi-autocratic regime.
At times, transition seemed to mean simply the transfer of resources from one ruling elite to another.