In Hungary we don’t use the A-word
Politicians, economists and other experts speak gravely about the need for austerity measures on a European and global level. But when it comes to governing their own country, leaders try to avoid using the A-word. Even if they actually do implement some kind of cuts in government spending, they all […]
What will our children think about gender?
Whether there is a desired role for women in a specific society or not, social exaggeration is always possible. Below, I’d like to give two examples from Northern and Central Europe of how the mark can be overstepped. “Equality, reflection drawing for kids” – photo by Min stemme on […]
Hungary: The Conundrum of Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship
Sometimes the relationship between the state and its citizens can be very complicated. But it’s even more so when it’s not clear who should be a citizen and on what grounds – just like in Hungary now. When talking about state and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), you […]
An aging society in a welfare state?
What would you do with a country where you have a very generous healthcare system, an aging society and a pretty complicated economic situation? Hungary is well known as a country on its way to embracing Western European standards in terms of social security and economic success. A lesser known […]
Government help for early repayment of mortgages in foreign currency – a real solution for Hungary?
Over the past few years, Hungarians have spent far more than they could afford. Now the government is trying to save them from the consequences of the financial crisis and their own irresponsibility. But is it really a good idea to be such a nanny? Before the financial crisis, bank […]