Hungary en Hungary for a "fat tax" <p> GRAZ, Austria &mdash; Indulgent Hungarian specialities like deep-fried goose fat would not be given special treatment.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary Debt Crisis Food & Drink Europe Health Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:28:00 +0000 Phil Cain 5652451 at Mixed messages from today's European bond auctions Italian 10 year bond rates are finally back under 7 percent ... but only just. Meanwhile Hungary looks like the next target of bond markets.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bond markets euro zone debt crisis Home Hungary Italy Mario Monti Regions Europe Italy Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:39:15 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685373 at Hungary stages mass protest against new constitution <p> As officials arrived for a gala event to celebrate the new constitution, protesters chanting slogans and carrying placards denounced what they called Prime Minister Viktor Orban&#39;s &quot;dictatorship.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary World Leaders Debt Crisis Europe Politics Tue, 03 Jan 2012 09:45:00 +0000 Amanda Morrow 5685697 at New year, new crisis point: Hungary Protests in Hungary over hard-right government's constitutional changes which opponents say threaten basic freedoms<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fidesz Party Home Hungary Protests Regions ultra-nationalist Viktor Orban Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 03 Jan 2012 09:42:52 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685699 at Hungarian government back tracks: a little <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foreign minister Janos Martonyi indicates controversial constitutional changes may be rescinded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Debtors can&#39;t be choosers is the lesson for Hungary&#39;s extreme right-wing government. The government of Viktor Orban has brought in major constitutional changes in recent weeks The Hungarian opposition say these undermine democracy via rigid gerrymandering of electoral districts and restrictions on freedom of the press among other things.</p> <p> The IMF, from whom Hungary wants more money, is exercised by constitutional changes that undermine the central bank&#39;s independence. So is the EU which must give its bona fides for Hungary to get the loan. No more money until that problem is fixed.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christine Lagarde CNN EU Home Hungary IMF Janos Martonyi Regions Viktor Orban Business Debt Crisis Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:38:40 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686691 at On the town in Budapest: Gays hit the straight bar for hetero men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Coronita, otherwise known as “the bar where gay men go to pick up straight men.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Earlier this month when I was in Budapest, I accidentally found an after-party place called <a href="">Coronita</a>.</p> <p> Among locals, it is casually known as &ldquo;the bar where gay men go to pick up heterosexual men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Apparently, this concept isn&rsquo;t at all unusual.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a straight club,&rdquo; says Akos, a local gay man. &ldquo;But the gays go there around 5 a.m. to pick the men who haven&rsquo;t managed to pick up any women all night, but don&rsquo;t want to go home alone.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s not the first time I was confronted with this kind of &ldquo;<a href="">situational sexuality</a>,&rdquo; which is fairly widespread in Eastern Europe.</p> <p> I have previously researched the phenomenon of <a href="">straight men who are &ldquo;gay for pay&rdquo;</a> or <a href="">lesbians prostitutes, who make a living by having sex with men</a>. Both instances were heavily aided by drugs, as is -- quite clearly -- &ldquo;the bar where gay men go to pick up straight men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Still, drugs or no drugs, one can&rsquo;t help but wonder: who are these men who &ldquo;haven&rsquo;t managed to pick up any women all night, but don&rsquo;t want to go home alone?&quot;</p> <p> And who exactly are these gay men who prey on the &ldquo;straight scraps?&rdquo; Doesn&#39;t the stereotype have it that gay men are much pickier than heterosexual men and women about who they have sex with?&nbsp;</p> <p> It was the late Christopher Hitchens, who put it best in <a href=" ">his memoir, Hitch 22</a>, when he described his 30s this way:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> club gay Hungary situational sexuality Entertainment Europe Offbeat Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:02:29 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688918 at Death toll in Eastern Europe rises as big freeze continues <p> &ldquo;We are barely coping,&quot; says Bosnian villager, Radenka Jeftovic</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bosnia Bulgaria Europe Hungary Romania Serbia Ukraine Europe Poland Thu, 02 Feb 2012 10:08:00 +0000 Hélène Hofman 5690012 at Hungarian national airline Malev collapses <p> Malev&rsquo;s folding comes just days after Spanair, Spain&rsquo;s fourth-largest airline, suddenly collapsed, leaving more than 30,000 passengers stranded across Europe and Africa.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Hungary Business Europe Fri, 03 Feb 2012 13:52:30 +0000 Luke Browne 5690237 at Hungary's Orban takes on the EU <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungarian Prime Minister discovers the joys of Brussels bashing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As I said in a <a href="">post last week</a>, the EU has already created something akin to the United States of Europe. Certainly this is true culturally. In America there is Washington-bashing.&nbsp; It&#39;s equivalent in Europe is Brussels-bashing.</p> <p> Yesterday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hit out at Brussels with a rhetorical sledge-hammer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1848 EU Home Hungary IMF Regions Viktor Orban Europe On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:06:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5696362 at Hungary's president resigns over plagiarism scandal <p> Semmelweis University found that the president&#39;s thesis was &quot;mostly copied.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary Europe Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:08:00 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5698829 at Laszlo Csatary, Nazi war crimes suspect, arrested in Hungary The Simon Weisenthal Center's head Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, described Csatary's arrest as "a great victory and very important one."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary Nazis Europe Israel and Palestine Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:53:00 +0000 News Desk 5712320 at Hungary’s 'Viktator' stages a power grab <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">LONDON &mdash; Hungarian democracy has seen darker days: Memories of the brutal Soviet repression are still very much present, particularly from 1956, when tanks roared through Budapest&rsquo;s streets to put down an anti-communist uprising.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Although the country&rsquo;s latest political upheavals have come about peacefully, however, critics of the right-wing government say it&rsquo;s staging another assault on democracy with a drive to change the constitution that&rsquo;s provoking anger in the European Union and riding roughshod over the economy.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary Need to Know World Leaders Europe Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:00:49 +0000 Barry Neild 5784675 at Google Street View adds Hungary and Lesotho Basotho living abroad, returned Peace Corps volunteers and Prince Harry will no doubt enjoy being able to take the yellow Google Maps man for a stroll down Kingsway in downtown Maseru. And homesick Hungarians can now walk along the Danube virtually.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary lesotho Want to Know Technology Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:26:53 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5823643 at Hungary indicts 98-year-old for Nazi war crimes <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Laszlo Csatary had topped the most-wanted list of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Los Angles-based human rights organization named for the Holocaust survivor who spearheaded global efforts to hunt down Nazi fugitives after the war.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Hungary Nazis Need to Know war crimes Europe Germany Poland Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:46:57 +0000 Paul Ames 5860123 at Laszlo Csatary, accused Nazi war criminal, dies awaiting trial Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary, has died awaiting trial in a hospital in Hungary.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hungary Want to Know Europe Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:21:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5907918 at