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More than 10,000 Chinese live in Hungary - more than in any other country in central Europe. Though xenophobia is a reality there, the Chinese community has been largely tolerated.The Hungarian government sees ties with the Chinese as a way to help revive the country's weak financial situation. Beijing hopes to make Budapest an economic bridge to Europe - and the Chinese community there has been largely left alone. But the group has not completely integrated; they have their own newspapers and television channel. A large and modern Asian shopping center caters to members of the community - and a bilingual school has also been opened in Budapest.
Farmers in northeastern Hungary are complaining about large-scale crop theft. Some of them have had to give up their farms.Impoverished villagers often steal a little food from farmers'fields. But increasingly, whole truckloads of animal fodder or alfalfa are disappearing. It's suspected that livestock breeders are the clients of these well organized thefts. The farmers have little chance of stopping these nocturnal thieves given the size of the fields. Some farmers have hired security companies to guard their fields. But that's expensive and doesn't offer 100 percent protection. The government has now increased the penalties for such crimes. But that hasn't deterred the thieves.
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Relations between Hungary and Slovakia have become strained after the government in Budapest offered passports to members of Slovakia's Hungarian minority. Bratislava has reacted angrily.Hungary's new prime minister Viktor Orbán has wasted little time in announcing that ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia will soon be able to apply for a Hungarian passport. Orbán neglected to inform the Slovak authorities first and they were quick to voice their disapproval. Slovaks of Hungarian descent who accept Hungarian passports now risk losing their Slovakian citizenship. In addition, Slovakia's Hungarian passport holders won't enjoy the same rights granted to regular Hungarian citizens. They will neither be able to vote in Hungarian elections nor qualify for social security benefits in Hungary.
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Following the introduction of strict border rules, Hungary declared a crisis situation in two counties struggling to cope with the growing number of migrants. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AFP Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjvideo Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJvideo Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/
Hungary holds the Presidency of the European Union. But it is currently risking conflict with the EU. It has forbidden sales of agricultural land to foreigners.When negotiating its accession to the European Union, Hungary agreed to liberalize the purchase of agricultural land. But now the government in Budapest wants to keep farmland from being sold to foreigners. With a Law on the National Stock of Land, it controls private sales of fields, meadows, and forests. Many farmers, especially from Austria, had bought such land and now feel cheated. They were counting on seeing their pocket contracts legalized.
Hungary now allows its citizens to distill schnapps for private use without the need for a special license or to pay tax. However, physicians and commercial distilleries are against the change.Since autumn 2010 Hungarians can distill up to 50 liters of strong alcohol schnapps or up to 100 liters of schnapps containing 43 per cent alcohol. The government decided to ease restrictions on distilling as a gesture of thanks for the support it received from rural voters in elections. But it's a decision that goes against conventional thinking on public health policy as alcohol abuse is a cause of major concern in Hungary. Commercial distillery owners also oppose the decision. One company, however, is adapting to the situation and is now offering the public courses in distillation with the aim of ...
Two years ago Hungary approved its National Social Inclusion Strategy, intended to improve the lot of its Roma population. Back then, the strategy was hailed as a milestone that could be a model for Europe. But the ethnic minority has seen little benefit. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
Plucking living geese is cruelty to animals and is banned in the European Union. But not all geese farmers abide by the rules.Despite the regulations imposed on European farmers, geese are often subjected to the cruel practice of being plucked alive. Their bodies are left with bloody wounds, which have to be stitched up. They flee to the corners of their huts in panic, trampling one another and frequently breaking each other's wings in the process. The Four Paws animal protection association is trying to convince geese farmers to stop their cruelty. Their efforts have brought many animal rights activists into dangerous situations.
Slovakia is home to a sizeable ethnic Hungarian community that is pushing for greater autonomy. The government in Bratislava opposes the initiative, which has put a strain on relations between Slovakia and neighbouring Hungary. Recently the government produced new geography textbooks for Hungarian schools in Slovakia, in which the Hungarian place names had been removed and replaced with Slovak equivalents. The decision provoked outrage within Slovakia's ethnic Hungarian community, with subsequent attempts by the government to defuse the situation proving to no avail. European Journal takes a closer look at the simmering ethnic tensions in Slovakia.
Nearly two million people in Hungary - particularly in the southeast - lack access to clean drinking water. In a number of European countries, the groundwater is contaminated with heavy metals. Hungary, Serbia and Croatia are especially affected. For more information go to: www.dw.de/english www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
Once a year, thousands of Roma women from around Bulgaria travel to the city of Stara Zagora for an open-air brides market. Money, not love, is the first priority.The brides market is a tradition in Stara Zagora. Women are only allowed to be married within specific clans. The wife of the current clan chief was married at the age of 14. The brides today range in age from 14 to 20 years old, and the brides' families are in control. The parents often have to provide dowries worth thousands of Euros - and that's not an easy burden to carry.
The tilt to the right in Hungarian politics has also taken its toll on the country's cultural institutions. Now, the New Theatre in Budapest is planning to ban all non-Hungarian playwrights from its program. Budapest's mayor has appointed two new theatre directors: a right-wing nationalist and an anti-Semite. The move triggered widespread outrage in Hungary's arts scene, but that hasn't deterred one of the new theatre directors, György Dörner. He even wants to rename the performance hall. His is an open challenge to the theatre establishment, who mostly occupy the left-wing, liberal end of the political spectrum.
A year ago, Hungary almost went bankrupt. Since then, the country has been following a strict austerity plan. Institutions for the mentally ill have been closed, and now many are homeless.Hungary's biggest psychiatric hospital has been sacrificed to the savings plans. It was first opened in the mid-19th century as a madhouse. The hospital had been out-of-step with modern psychiatric thinking for a long time before it finally got the chop. The plan was to replace it with smaller, state-of-the-art clinics, but now there's not enough money to build them. So far, none of them have been built, and no one's doing anything to help the former patients.
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Sandor Kepiro is accused of serious war crimes. After World War Two, he fled to Argentina. Today he lives in freedom in Budapest - and is suing those who accused him.As a Hungarian Gendarmerie officer in World War Two, Kepiro is said to have taken part in the massacre of more than 1,300 Jews, Serbs, and Roma in Novi Sad. Some years ago, the Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff traced him to Budapest. A Hungarian court ruled that Kepiro must stand trial. But it hasn't come to a trial. Instead, Kepiro - now 96 years old - tried to take Zuroff to court for slander.
The region around Tokaj in northern Hungary is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is internationally renowned as a wine-growing region. Even the Romans cultivated wine here,and Louis XIV glorified the wine from Tokaj as the Wine of the Kings and the King of Wines'. Yet the residents of the villages around Tokaj see the wine tradition with rather mixed feelings. The same even in Mezömobor: of approximately 2,500 residents,only a good three dozen can actually live from wine cultivation. The rest is hoping for industrial jobs. Yet they barely see a chance of reconciling industrialization with the area's World Cultural Heritage status.
The Danube Bridge near Komarno links Slovakia and Hungary. However, relations between the two neighbors are far from friendly.Recently, the Hungarian president wanted to travel privately via the bridge to Slovakia, to take part in the inauguration of a monument honoring King Stephan, the first king of Hungary but he was refused entry at the border and had to turn back. Some Slovaks take a dim view of the large Hungarian minority in the country. A ban on the use of the Hungarian language in public offices is aimed at keeping Budapest in check.
23-year-old Magdi RÃºzsa is Hungary's best-known popstar. She actually comes from Serbia, and originally wanted to study medicine. The course would have cost more than she could afford, but her luck turned when she won a TV talent contest and stormed the Hungarian charts. These days she's a mega star, with an album that has gone triple platinum to her name. Performing for Hungary at the 2007 European Song Contest, she came in a respectable 9th place.
Our reporter Tilmann Bünz traces the western border of Hungary to a point near Sopron where,in the summer of 1989,a hole suddenly appeared in the Iron Curtain.On August 19,1989,a Hungarian officer named Arpad Bella was in charge of a border station near Sopron when it became the scene of a Pan-European Picnic ,a peace demonstration during which the border was briefly opened. About 600 citizens of East Germany seized the opportunity to flee the Communist regime,and Arpad Bella let it happen. Just three weeks later,Hungary opened its borders.