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They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

One of the attractions that the residents of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and informed visitors enjoy is a relatively unobtrusive stand in the middle of Tivoli Park in the city centre. At any time of day or night, you can buy an excellent, huge hamburger – made of horsemeat. It is a favourite spot […]

Revolution (Again) in Hungary

Revolution (Again) in Hungary

From revolution to revolution, I have watched Hungary evolve over the past half-century. The more dramatic of the two revolutions took place in the autumn of 1956 when a beaten, starved and humiliated subject people of fewer than 10 million souls managed to stare down the brutal might of the Soviet Union. The more triumphant […]

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

Thirty-two-year-old Sonja pushed a pram along the main pedestrian street in Belgrade on a brisk day in mid-December. The capital is one of the few places in Serbia with a growing population. Though that growth is mainly thanks to urbanisation, Belgrade is also the easiest and cheapest place in the country to have a child. […]

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Macedonian playwright Goran Stefanovski’s rendition of the classic Odyssey completed an initial run in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to rave reviews. One of the largest co-productions ever arranged in the Balkans, its cast features actors and actresses from across the ex-Yugoslavia region, led by Croatian Ozren Grabarić in the role of Odysseus. Participating institutions include […]

ESA approves €10 billion space programme

ESA approves €10 billion space programme

The European Space Agency met with European Ministers to approve the allocation of €10 billion for the future of Europe’s space programme at a 20-21 Nov. summit in Naples, Italy. Twenty ESA member states, Canada, and eight observer states (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, the Slovak Republic and Malta) attended the meeting, approving the […]

Hidden Prosperity In the CEE

Hidden Prosperity In the CEE

What do countries as different as Slovakia, Moldova, Slovenia and Estonia have in common? In the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index, published by the London-based Legatum Institute, these four made the biggest leap forward among European countries, raising the prosperity of their citizens in the eyes of the index’s analysts. There are numerous charts that try […]

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Czech writer and dissident Jan Trefulka dies

Author and former dissident Jan Trefulka died 22 Nov. at the age of 83 in his native Brno. The writer was known as a member of the underground intellectual community opposing the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. A writer of short stories, prose and literary criticism, Trefulka was also a journalist, and editor-in-chief of  the Moravian […]

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Budget airline Ryanair announced plans to reduce service at Budapest Airport  from 30 lines to 20, citing a rise in airport fees. The move is the latest blow for the airport, in the wake of the demise of Hungarian national carrier Malev last February, and of the closure of Terminal 1 last May due to […]

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

On 13 November, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was scheduled to speak at the Forbes Business-Government Dialogue conference in Bratislava. Instead, Fico sent a video to the business and diplomatic leaders, astonishing the influential blue chip group painstakingly assembled by the American Chamber of Commerce. Fico’s enormous projected image told the room he was too […]

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