October 31, 2008
Three weeks after NATO’s informal defense ministerial concluded in Budapest, residents of the Hungarian capital can no longer blame the delegations that descended on the city for congestion on the roads – and the Alliance is moving forward on many of the topics addressed by the ministers.
October 23, 2008
On October 23, many Hungarians, all around the country, commemorated their compatriots who fought in the anti-Soviet revolution in 1956. A total of 485 events took place throughout the county. Senior government officials laid wreaths at key sites of the revolution and at the memorial in a public cemetery where martyrs of the revolution were buried in unmarked graves.
October 4, 2008
Various civil groups decided to organize a demonstration called "Tarka Magyar" ("Diverse Hungarian") to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the International Day of Non-Violence. Organizers hoped the demonstration would be the "biggest non-partisan demonstration since the fall of communism", but turn-out fell far short of the expected 100,000 people.
August 26, 2008 Minister of Defense Imre Szekeres was on hand in Szolnok, Hungary for the August 18 ceremonial send-off of the next rotation of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) operated by Hungary in Afghanistan.
March 2, 2008
The main opposition party Fidesz and its ally the Christian Democrat Party (KDNP) initiated a referendum one and a half year ago on banning tuition, visiting and daily hospital fees. Due to the long official procedures, the referendum is scheduled to be held only on Sunday, March 9.
Translated by Lóránt Havas
The Budapest team of cafebabel.com played an active role again for the second time on one of Europe’s most wanted cultural fora, Budapest’s Sziget Festival. The team organised programmes on 11 and 12 August in the Civil Village drawing the attention of many Sziget-dwellers from all around the world.
September 30, 2008
Despite the changes in leadership at the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water Protection the bilateral negotiations regarding the foaming of the river Raba, which has for long been a dispute between Hungary and Austria, are seems to remain on the right track.
January 28, 2008
Some 103 productions will be featured at the annual 39th Hungarian Film Festival opening in Budapest on Tuesday. The week-long festival which ends on February 5, 18 features, 33 documentaries, 3 documentary-style features, 36 experimental and short films and 13 science and education films will be competing in their own categories.
January 22, 2008
While Hungary and Spain are rivals in a competition to host the headquarters of the European Union's Spallation Source ESS Project, the two countries have agreed to co-operate in certain fields. The third contestant Sweden rejected the idea of cooperation.
The ESS centre, to be built in the winning country, will employ a total of 4,000 researchers over a 40-year period.