Budapest

  • Euro 2016: Hungary, "Pinch me, I'm dreaming"

    By on June 23, 2016

    The 2016 UEFA European Football Championships are underway in France. With the competition extended to 24 teams, Euro 2016 promises a longer tournament, with several sides making their grand debut. Cafébabel gives you a run down of a few of the national sides, covering the general mood, some quick predictions and even current fashion trends. This time, we head to Ria, Ria, Hungária.

  • Hungarian football: The business, the violence, the love of the game

    By on Nov. 23, 2015

    Neo-Nazi banners, racism and violence are emblematic of reports about Ferencvárosi (“Fradi” to its fans), the most prestigious Hungarian football club. We investigate the reasons behind this extremism, as well as how economic interests are influencing club policy. Finally, we ask whether alternative outlets for this passionate support are possible.

  • What is 'degrowth'? Working towards a new society in Budapest

    By on Oct. 26, 2015

    Budapest has been chosen to host the next International Degrowth Conference, to be held from 30 August to 3 September 2016. We travel to the Hungarian capital to witness the impact of this burgeoning social movement on the city.

  • Refugees and the homeless: in the same boat in Budapest

    By on Oct. 21, 2015

    To date, more than 306,000 refugees have reached Hungary, with the majority seeing the capital city Budapest as a gateway to the rest of Europe. Here, many people are willing to help, but there is also political resistance. The argument is often heard that refugees would take advantage of the social benefits of Hungary and clash with homeless people. Is this the case?

  • To the Budapest startup scene with love

    By on Oct. 19, 2015

    In the nineties, the Budapest entrepreneur was a shady character clutching a briefcase in the back of a black Mercedes, only able to do business because he knew 'the right people'. Nowadays, however, there are plenty of young people living and working in Budapest calling themselves entrepreneurs, who give a whole new meaning to the term.

  • Parallel lives: the Chinese community of Budapest

    By on Oct. 13, 2015

    Roughly six kilometres southeast from where the Hungarian Parliament sits on the banks of the Danube lies the heart of the Chinese community in Budapest. Yet this is not the typical ‘Chinatown’ you might find in other big cities across Europe. 

  • Our articles in the magazine 2011

    By on May 6, 2011
    Hungarian singer Erzsi Kiss: ‘My language is based on musicality’ by Tamás Kovács It’s much more meaningful gobbledygook, says the singer in the Hungarian band ‘Egy Kiss Erzsi Zene’ about her lyrics. The musician and puppeteer talks to us about singing ‘in no language’. Interview cafebabel.com: Erzsi, your lyrics are made up of words you create.
  • Our articles in the magazine - 2008

    By on Aug. 3, 2009
    Hungary-Slovakia: 'Schengen won’t make my life better' by Nóra Farkas To get to the Slovakian border in the poor industrial city of Sátoraljaújhely, northern Hungary, you need to cross the street. It starts in Hungary, and ends in Slovakia. 'I'm gonna ride my bike up and down all week!' exclaims eight-year-old Sándor Pintér.
  • Our articles in the magazine - 2007

    By on Aug. 3, 2009
    Invisible immigrants: reconciling the Italian people by Judit Járadi ‘Immigration has been present in Italy for almost 30 years. Yet we have no ministry and no policy to deal with it’ - Franca Eckert Coen, advisor to the Mayor of Rome on multiethnic affairs.
  • Our articles in the magazine - 2006

    By on Aug. 3, 2009
    Shop till you drop by Judit Járadi The February 2005 Eurostat survey on the European consumer showed that the addition of 10 new countries to the EU in 2004 made differences in standards of living between member states more apparent than before.