2011 januárjától fél éven át Magyarország tölti be az Európai Unió soros elnökségét. A megbízatás nagy felelősséggel és bonyolult feladatkörrel jár, a felkészülés pedig már el is kezdődött. A kormány, a politikai pártok és a civil szervezetek is sokat foglalkoznak a témával, hiszen a pozíció mérföldkő lehet az ország politikai, gazdasági és kulturális életének felpezsdítésében és megítélésében.
Five years ago, on 1st May 2004 ten countries – included Hungary – celebrated the day of joining the European Union. Most of the people had big expectations and many of them were sceptics already but they had something in common: lot of questions related to our European future, to our place in European Union and to our European life.
A demonstration without any political overtone, without any atrocity, with a common goal, with the same vehicle and with more than 30.000 participants. Critical Mass moved Budapest again. The message is clear: spreading the benefits of cycling, to raise awareness of this alternative way of transportation.
After Gyurcsány’s announcement to step aside, the chaos in Hungarian political life is bigger day after day. News are characterized by desperate guessings and new names regarding the ’most wanted’ job in Hungary, the Prime Minister’s. Brief summarize about the most successful melodrama in the region.
On Saturday the Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány expressed his willingness to step aside and proposed to nominate someone else at the head of the government: "I have been mistaken regarding our power and our possibilities. In moments of great importance I've failed to speak up clearly; my credibility has therefore been seriously damaged" he said.
In last few weeks we’ve been able to read many articles and consider scenarios concerning how to face the global financial crisis. It is clear already that the recovery in Central- Eastern-Europe will be harder than in western countries. Coupled with the fact that the Hungarian forint has had an extreme downturn, nowadays the Hungarian economy is one of the weakest in Europe.
6th of March was a general grey, rainy day in Budapest. In the central of the Hungarian capital many people walked around, went home after a busy day like usual. At the same time it wasn’t an ordinary Thursday for Babelians: in the historical downtown café called Central the next event of EU Debate on the ground took place.
Budapest is the winner of The European Mobility Week 2008. The Hungarian capital came before the Portuguese Almada and the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
The seventh European Mobility Week was held from 16 to 22 September 2008 and more than 1000 cities have joined in. The keyword is ’Clear air for all’ what says lot about the aim of the project.
Regarding to the global economic crisis Hungary is the most vulnerable country in the Eastern-Central region of Europe. Hungary’s currency, forint has weakened a lot, many factories and financial institutions are in trouble, the stock market has sharply fallen. There are many reforms, scenarios, possible solutions to avoid an economic disaster. What is really going on?