· January, 2007

Stories about Hungary from January, 2007

Europe: Bulgarain Xenophobic MEP

  24 January 2007

“It’s about time EU politics had some entertainment again,” writes Europhobia. The ‘entertainment’ is the 23-year-old Bulgarian MEP Dimitar Stoyanov, known for the anti-Semitic and anti-Roma views he's not trying to hide.

Hungary: Political Joke

  19 January 2007

A Hungarian political joke from Pestcentric: “Q: If communism had not fallen in 1990, who would be prime minister today? A: [Socialist Ferenc Gyurcsany, who's the prime minister anyway].” More on the country's politics here and here.

Hungary: Punishment for War Criminal

  19 January 2007

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar suggests a better way to punish an elderly war criminal about to stand trial in Hungary: “Much better, that the media, schools and various NGOs give as much publicity as possible about Kepiro and his ilk and how horrendously they treated their fellow Hungarians....

Caught On Camera: Human Rights Videos on GV

  16 January 2007

You'd be forgiven for thinking it's been Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, in recent weeks, but GV has covered other human rights videos that deserve a bit of limelight – so, in this regular new feature, I'm going to round up the best of those recent stories. Something for WITNESS's Amazon Wishlist...

Hungary: Irish Criminal Allowed to Escape

  15 January 2007

Irishman Ciaran Tobin, the killer of two Hungarian kids – Marton (5) and Petra Zoltai (2) – has gone unpunished, because he had to attend a wedding back home. Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar examines the issue.

Hungary: “Bovine Indifference”

  11 January 2007

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar on life in Hungary: “But adaptable guy that I am, I’ve been able to adjust to the fact that the “Customer Assistant” in the post-office would rather gun me down with an AK47, than to take the risk that her face may crack by...

Europe: Migration

  8 January 2007

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar posts some “more migrating piffle.”

Hungary: “Payback Time” Approaching

  4 January 2007

Hungary is a country to be watched this year, and here's why, according to Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar: “Yes, [BBC's John] Simpson is right to put Hungary on his watchlist for this year,alongside the usual suspects of Iraq, Iran, Israel etc. But the reason is quite straightforward and...

Hungary: Balaton Vacation

  3 January 2007

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar spends winter holidays at Lake Balaton: “But, most of all, what I really found attractive was the complete and utter silence round most of the place. No screaming children, no fireworks, no teenies half-cut on their first glass of pezsgo, no brainless TV presenters...