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Trolley bus driver makes wheelchair people's dreams come true

Viktor Brandt professes that people in wheelchair are just like you and me - and for him actions speak louder than words. In recent years he has organized and occasionally even financed numerous events that in Hungary would be inaccessible for the physically disabled.

people with physical disabilities  viktor brandt  charity


A few Hungarians do help migrants after all

It is estimated that some 1500 migrants enter Hungary on their way to Western Europe daily. Since late June 2015 hundreds of Hungarian volunteers give humanitarian assistance at railroad stations to the Kosovar, Afghan, Syrian etc migrants.

zsuzsanna zohár  migration aid  migration


Fewer, older Hungarians by 2060

By 2060 the population of Hungary (9.9 million today) might fall by 2 million, every third Hungarian might be over 65 and the number of childless families might steeply rise.

demographic portrait  families  population  domography


Ultra-triathlete Ferenc Szőnyi takes part in the toughest running race there is

La Ultra demands almost superhuman performance from those bold enough to take part. The runners cover 333 kilometers within 72 hours up in the Himalayas. The elevation is 5700 meters and oxygen is scarce. As the very first Hungarian in the history of the race this year Ferenc Szőnyi has been invited and due to his records he didn't even need to qualify. This is not very surprising given that he had previously completed a triple deca-Ironman.

ultra-marathon  la ultra  ferenc szőnyi  ultra-running  sport


Pope Francis calls a spade a spade

During his visit to Bolivia in July Pope Francis delivered speeches that have kept commentators busy way beyond Catholic circles ever since. We carry excerpts from an opinion piece in

pope francis  catholic church  liberation theology  dictatorship  capitalism


Democracy shouldn't be synonymous with endless fracas

Right after the latest parliamentary elections in Hungary, in April 2014, Kristóf Varga, a public policy analyst and psychologist, was asked why the opposition parties had fared so poorly at the polls.

opposition parties  democracy  kristóf varga


Croatian ambassador promises interconnection pipeline by 2019

Though Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has recently said Hungarian-Croatian bilateral political relations are at an ebb, Croatia's Ambassador to Hungary, Gordan Grlic Radman has told Magyar Nemzet that it would be a mistake to reduce the many-faceted relations of the two countries to the dispute between energy firms INA and MOL.

gordan grlic radman  mol-ina  Croatia


Public support is key if Hungary wishes to host 2024 Olympics

In this interview Gusztáv Bienerth, a member of the Hungarian Olympic Board of Trustees, stresses opportunities over risks that are involved in Hungary's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

olympics 2024  gusztáv bienerth


Wall or not, migrants will keep coming - senior police officer says

In the present international legal framework nothing can be done to halt the migrants. Police Colonel Gizella Vas, senior officer at the Hungarian Border Police, explains why.

fence  schengen borders  migation


Helping the disabled enjoy life through sports

Hungary has some 300 000 physically disabled but you see fewer of them in the streets than in the West. That's because disabled access is far from being universal in Hungary yet. But worse than the physical obstacles is the misconception that the disabled are bound to live a sedentary and closeted life. Suhanj! is a Hungarian foundation to reject that fallacy.

suhanj! foundation  running  sport  disabled people


Jobbik's surge baffles pundits

Fact: in 2014 Jobbik won 11.5 percent at the parliamentary elections, 14.7 percent at the elections for European Parliament and has 8 mayors. It leaves analysts agape why. We carry excerpts from the transcript of a brutally candid round table discussion of noted social scientists.

jobbik  fidesz  opposition  far right  györgy csepeli  attila juhász


Specialist says drive to entirely eradicate alcoholism is hopeless

“Hungarian society is very far from realizing the full danger of alcoholism. We, Hungarians have numerous individual and nationwide mechanisms for mitigating the risks and harms of alcoholism. Hungary is doing very poorly in terms of the diseases and mortality related to alcoholism. Actually, we are among the worst in the world in this field,” Zsolt Demetrovics, Hungary's premier addiction specialist warns.

alcoholism  addiction  zsolt demetrovics


How long can Europe withstand migration pressure?

Unless Europe takes a united stand to handle the current, frantic influx of migrants, Europe as we know it will come to an end in the foreseeable future.

refugees  migration  foreign affairs


Enterprising rural Roma embark on organic truck farming

The micro-region of Cserehát, NE Hungary, has been synonymous with poverty. But Melinda Kassai and her associates have been employing the principles of Social Business as defined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus and rally local Roma and non-Roma villagers to grow organic vegetables for the market. Initial results are promising.

organic farming  pro ratatouille program  roma


Au revoir social mobility 2/2

In Hungary research has shown that social mobility has been decreasing for decades. The ranks of underclasses are swelling, and inadequate schooling inhibits underprivileged children from working their way up.

intragenerational mobility  social mobility


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