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Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 23/05/2011

Strauss-Kahn as the wrong enemy

After the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), the conservative media in Hungary painted a decidedly negative image of the former head of the IMF. The liberal weekly Élet és Irodalom gives a different picture: "Strauss-Kahn is the perfect embodiment of evil. As a 'superbanker' he gave broke countries loans on interest instead of lavishing money on them. ... As if that's not enough, he also expected rigorous cost-cutting measures from these countries, from salary cuts to tax hikes. The fact that to top it off DSK is a Jew only adds more fuel to the fire. ... Last but not least, Strauss-Kahn was once a communist. ... Nevertheless the truth is that Hungary, Greece and all the others received their loans at the most advantageous conditions so as to prevent them going bankrupt. It was Strauss-Kahn of all people who introduced social awareness into IMF policy."

Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 25/06/2007

János Széky on the new Eastern Europe

Janos Szeky, a Hungarian journalist, reflects on what a truly European public sphere would look like: "Unfortunately, fifty years ago the term 'Europe' referred only to Western Europe... The problems began once attractive and self-confident Western Europe was forced to acquaint itself with the mess of Eastern Europe, which had suffered so much injustice. For a time Eastern Europe revealed only those parts of itself that Western Europe could easily understand: the common roots, Central Europe with its Kafka, Budapest with its legendary gallows humour, the art nouveau opera houses and the sociologists who didn't dare introduce their own innovations but reacted quickly and sensitively to Western European trends. But Central Europe does not only consist of countries that can successfully imitate Western Europe, but also of entirely new states... . To understand them Western Europe had to learn their languages and culture instead of imposing its own model on the newcomers. This Europe has never existed before; it must be reinvented."

Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 17/11/2006

Demonstrating instead of washing the car

According to media expert János Széky, the wave of civic unrest and demonstrations in Hungary are proof that the country has finally completed the transition to democracy. "Seventeen years behind schedule, the country has woken up to the fact that Hungarian society no longer consists of petit bourgeois who wash their cherry-red Ladas every Saturday and then gobble up great quantities of schnitzel, but that we have become more like the average country in the Western world. Hungary, like the countries of the West, has its share of rebellious youths who every now and then take to the streets looking for trouble. Part of the population is willing to accept this while the other part is shocked. Hungarian society also consists of different ethnic groups, races and religions, and our constitution is not meant to cover up these differences but to ensure their peaceful coexistence. Here, too, the police can be violent when they think no one's looking. And here, too, no one believes politicians are perfect and never make mistakes. This is why Hungarian politicians, like their colleagues in the West, try to cover up the details of their misdemeanours as much as possible."

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