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hvg - Hungary | 24/09/2010

Hungary must tackle Roma integration

Hungary takes over the EU Council presidency for six months starting January 1, 2011. The country must put Roma integration at the top of its agenda during this period, writes the left-liberal weekly Heti Világgazdaság: "The recent scandal over the deportations of Roma from France makes Hungary's upcoming EU presidency an ideal opportunity for the country to find its true mission, namely improving the situation of the Roma both in Europe and in Hungary. If there is one thing that fits in with the strategy of the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz, then it is this. … From Poland to Macedonia, the integration of the Roma is failing . And in Western Europe, too, the Roma issue is not a subject of indifference. Judging by the pocket money that France gave to the Roma who were deported to Romania, finances are not likely to be an obstacle in finding a solution to the Roma problem."

hvg - Hungary | 26/05/2009

European elections: Hungarian campaigns look no further than national politics

The liberal weekly Világgazdaság comments on the distinctly national bent of Hungarian parties in their approach to the European elections: "What is taking place in Hungary under the name European elections can with good reason be called illegitimate. ... Our parties are attempting to convince the uninformed Hungarian voters why the government's performance is good or bad, and why the opposition will do the very opposite when it comes to power. Presumably this propaganda does not miss its mark at least among a portion of the electorate. For that reason, the result of the European elections on June 7 will make clear what the make-up of the Hungarian parliament would be if national elections were to take place on that day. ... The problem is, however, that the upcoming elections aren't for the Hungarian but for the European Parliament. But the Hungarian parties don't seem to be aware of that at all. Their actions and their rhetoric have precious little to do with what their party families - be it the European People's Party or the Party of European Socialists - are saying in the European Parliament."

hvg - Hungary | 31/10/2007

The lack of interest in the EU Reform Treaty

Journalist Györgyi Kocsis criticises the fact that the EU reform treaty is barely discussed in Hungary. "Here the discussion is confined to a few government officials. Our prolific opinion makers, who can fill whole pages with commentary on every nuance of power politics, had nothing to say about whether Hungary should continue to have a veto on tax affairs or energy policy. They weren't interested in whether Hungary will have a member sitting on the European Commission in the future. Even political experts were unmoved by the question of what powers should be conferred on the president of the Union. At present Hungary is much too busy with its own affairs."

hvg - Hungary | 16/11/2006

Should Hungary open its job market to Romania and Bulgaria?

Not all 25 EU member states have reached a decision about whether to open their job markets to Romanians and Bulgarians in 2007. Györgyi Kocsis maintains that Hungary should definitely open its market to the new members. "Poland has already announced its willingness to do so, and Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Slovakia are not afraid of the 'Bulgarian plumber' either. ... Germany and Austria are barricading their doors and Hungary remains silent. ... Up to now the semi-official position seems to be that there will be restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens wanting to work here. However, this would be detrimental to Hungary's economy, unsound from a political point of view and entirely unnecessary. Hungary receives funding from the EU budget, and it's unlikely to start paying more than it receives at any point in the near future. Therefore, it's hardly in a position to give these new members, who are even poorer than Hungary, financial support. But by opening its labour market, Hungary could at least prove it has a sense of moral responsibility."

hvg - Hungary | 13/01/2006

Eastward Expansion heralds a new Era in the EU

"From 2007 on, the new EU member states will be granted a sum roughly equal to two Marshall Plans. They can therefore no longer play the role of the poor neighbour who keeps on asking for more funding but refuses to assume responsibility for the future of the EU," Györgyi Kocsis writes. According to Kovacs, the EU's political focus is shifting eastwards. "With the election of Angela Merkel, an East European became chancellor of the largest EU member state; one that supports reform of the EU and wants new member states to play a greater role in European politics. However, Germany alone can't accomplish the task of renewing the EU. We need a Polish Jean Monnet, a Slovak Altiero Spinelli and a Hungarian Paul-Henri Spaak. The state of general paralysis following the failure of the EU constitution is coming to an end... I would go as far as to say that perhaps a new era is about to begin in the EU."

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