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Népszabadság - Hungary | 06/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Everyone talking about Hungary

Hungary has put itself in the spotlight of Europe's public discourse with its rigid refugee policy, journalist Tamás Frei comments in the centre-left daily Népszabadság: "Hungary's approach is dividing opinion. In southern France where many North Africans live, for example, half the population sees the Hungarians as resourceful. In the German newspapers Orbán is referred to merely as 'Orbán' - 'Viktor' and 'Prime Minister' are no longer attached. We have interfered so intensively in this affair that even the 80 percent that doesn't know the names of the Polish, Romanian or Slovakian heads of government has learned the Hungarian prime minister's name. Hungary has raised its profile, so to speak. Those who hated us before hate us even more now, and those who loved us love us even more."

Metropol - Hungary | 16/01/2014

US lumps all Eastern Europeans together

In recent months unknown hackers have stolen the data of millions of customers of US department store chain Target on two separate occasions. US television broadcasters have now quoted experts who suspect "Eastern Europeans" of being behind the theft. Writing in the free paper Metropol, author Tamás Frei is irritated by the over-simplification of such statements: "The Americans don't bother distinguishing between Eastern Europeans; they think in terms of regions: Eastern Europe, Western Europe. ... They keep a close eye on the UK, and so they naturally didn't miss out on the fact that the British prime minister recently lashed out against Eastern European immigrants. ... From there it was no more than a small mental leap to make scapegoats of the Eastern Europeans, leading a TV expert to voice the suspicion that 'Eastern Europeans' were behind the data theft. ... Interesting, don't you think?"

Metropol - Hungary | 11/07/2013

Vienna revolutionises its bus network

The city of Vienna is replacing its diesel and liquefied gas powered buses with electric trolleybuses. A revolutionary step towards decreasing air pollution, writes Tamás Frei in the free transport magazine Metropol: "According to the calculations carbon dioxide emissions in Vienna will drop by around 300 tonnes per year when the electric buses go into operation. And these are not just any electric buses! These innovative buses can be charged using so-called pantographs from the overhead wires of the trams. This idea means that Vienna has avoided having to make the investment that has kept other cities from switching to electric buses - the setting up of prohibitively expensive charging stations. ... Pulling power from the overhead wires delivers huge savings, especially since Vienna has one of longest tram networks in the world."

Metropol - Hungary | 14/11/2012

Migration cuts unemployment in Eastern Europe

Hundreds of thousands of Hungarians have emigrated to the West in recent years in search of work. In the case of Romania and Poland, the figures rise into the millions. For the free paper Metropol this exodus is one explanation for why the jobless rate is comparatively low in these countries: "If we can believe the figures, in the past years 200,000 to 300,000 people left Hungary. The same trend could be observed in Romania and Poland, in fact in all of Eastern Europe. ... In Romania, for example, the population has sunk from around 23 million at the time of the transition to roughly 19 million now. ... Some ask how it's possible for unemployment in Romania to be at seven percent and here in Hungary at 10.5 percent, when it's at 25 percent in Spain. ... If the roughly 300,000 Hungarian labour migrants had stayed at home, most of them would now be unemployed. In that case unemployment would now stand at 15 to 16 percent. And that, in turn, would reflect the state of the Hungarian economy more accurately."

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