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Népszabadság - Hungary | Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania in the same boat

The mass protests in Bulgaria reflect the political situation all over Eastern Europe, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "We used to get annoyed about people confusing Budapest and Bucharest. But we have to accept that the differences between Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria just aren't that big. It's no coincidence that the West lumps together all the countries of Eastern Europe. … Because what's the big difference between the storming of the Hungarian state TV broadcaster [in September 2006] and the blockade of the Bulgarian parliament? Both cases involve the manipulation of the masses; in both cases the Mafia intervenes in politics. … Here, as in Bulgaria, the young, talented, multilingual and enterprising are fleeing abroad. … Here, as in Bulgaria, people are turning to narcissistic 'leaders' who are trying to tell the people that no other alternatives exist."

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