Pal Frenak, continous movment
by Dóra Haller
As he travels incessantly between Budapest and Paris, 49 year-old Hungarian choreographer, Pal Frenak, talks about his sensual yet violent creations as well as the tormented world of contemporary dance.
Janus-faced immigration in Europe
by Judit Járadi
Europe’s immigration policy has two faces. Looking out towards the world, Europe is in the process of constructing greater barriers to entry. Looking inwards, Europe is committed to the free movement of European workers within the single market. The citizens of the new member states are party to both faces at once, for while they may have the right to work, they are still treated like workers from outside of Europe. To understand this ambiguity requires understanding the history of immigration between East and West.
Hungary: The legislative elections in a nutshell
by Dóra Haller
The leading left-wing coalition party and their conservative opposition are neck and neck in Hungary after the first round of the general elections on April 9. This tight vote has come after a series of original electoral campaigns from the Hungarian parties.
The image of loving life: Karoly Makk
by Zsófia Lipthay
The Cannes film festival is in full swing, and we talk to Károly Makk, the acclaimed Hungarian film director, who won the Jury Prize in 1971. While he lived through WW II. and communism, he still hasn’t lost his love for life and film.
Livia Jaroka: from activism to politics
by Gellért Rajcsányi
We met the day Vladimir Putin visited Budapest. While all the media attention was directed at the Russian leader, on a quiet backstreet of Budapest equally important talks were going on. Lívia Járóka, a member of the European Parliament (EP), agreed to meet me during a break in these talks. While politicians waited for her in the other room, Járóka talked passionately about her mission: ending the racism against the Roma, and helping them find their place in Europe.
The madeness of the Sziget
by Judit Járadi
It is the middle of August. There is a scorching sun overhead and the smell of alcohol and sweat in the air. Hippies, crested punks and sundry other characters have begun to gather in front of the main stage. They are mostly speaking Hungarian, but you can hear the sound of German, French, Dutch and Italian… As the band starts to play, the festival begins.
Hungarian crisis: far-right stages PM's death
by Judit Járadi
On Kossuth square, far-right protesters and opposition supporters gather to demand PM Ferenc Gyurcsány’s resignation. Almost a week after his lies were leaked to the press, the crisis is still unresolved.
Bringing out unburied dead of the Trianon treaty
by Marton Vay
According to the Trianon treaty, the country lost 72% of its 325.000 km2 territory and some 64% of its 20.900.000 population. This explains why 1/3 of the currently existing 15 million Hungarians live abroad.
Eighty years have passed, but the Magyars have not yet come to terms with this trauma. This may sound absurd, but the Hungarians still pick on the French due to the treaty. At the time of its signature the French delegation firmly pushed the peace dictate despite the heavy opposition of Hungarian politicians.
Dangerous liaisons: Eastern populists meet Western democrats
by László Végel
On March 18, 2006, Peter Handke joined the crowds at Slobodan Milosevic’s funeral. The former dictator, accused of genocide and instigating political assassinations, had long lost his power after the wide-spread demonstrations following the 2000 elections' scandal. Retired Russian marshals, communist leaders, Serbian politicians accused of war crimes, and shady members of the "new aristocracy" came to pay their respects. Right-wing extremists closed the march. For them Milosevic was an anti-American Robin Hood, the ultimate fighter against globalization. A fight embraced by anti-globalisation intellectuals such as Handke.
We are not experiencing a "new 1956"
by Veronika Kovács
The tightened economic measures and the PM’s admission that he had lied during past years in government triggered a wave of discontent, especially in Budapest. What do young Hungarians think of the present political situation and its outcome?
Budapest 1956: a missed opportunity?
by Adrienn Kézsmárki
‘Hungary is not just a victim of, but a participant in history,’ says the professor Charles Gati. Fifty years after the uprising, Hungarian historians are revisiting their past with a much more critical eye. The revolutionaries could have negotiated a compromise with Russia.
Mária Wittner: “Hungary is still oppressed”
by Oszkár Jankovich
Mária Wittner doesn’t feel free, she never has and she never will. The 69-year old woman points to the attic window of a building in the Budapest city centre. There, on October 23, 1956, she and others hatched a plan to takeover the state-owned broadcasting network. Fifty years later, the struggle continues. “Hungary is still oppressed,” Wittner says, “and we have the politicians’ lies to thank for this.”