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 […]
Hungarian Healthcare: The Myth of the Free Lunch
With Hungary’s joining the EU, the country now faces a previously unforeseen challenge: with the new freedom of movement, it’s not just the Hungarian plumber who’s leaving the country for a better future abroad, but droves of doctors and nurses too in an exodus that has brought the healthcare system […]
Caught in the Middle – The Dilemma of Young People in Central Europe
With swelling youth unemployment in the EU, young people in Central European youth are facing some difficult, yet not so obvious, choices. In an unequal world, where competition for jobs has become global, reaching for Western European living standards might just not be a sustainable long-term solution. With the spectacular […]
The Darker Face of EU Solidarity
As Europe struggles on with the effects of the economic crisis, the debate on the upcoming EU budget is raising renewed concerns about solidarity. With calls for cuts to the Union’s budget becoming ever louder, we need to think about what effects fewer subsidies for poorer member states would have […]