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Happy Thanksgiving!

We all know about this wonderful holiday in the United States. It is held on the last Thursday of each November. Thanksgiving as a holiday dinner and a family event is gradually being adopted by other nations as well, including in Hungary, probably at the encouragement of Americans who live or work overseas. Officially, seven other nations celebrate an autumn […]

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From Building a Revolution to Building a Memorial: An Interview with Hungarian-American Architect László Papp

At the end of September, Hungarian-American architect László Papp received the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit from János Áder, the President of the Republic of Hungary, at a ceremony in New York. Papp, a member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation and one of the driving forces behind New York’s new 1956 memorial, received this award for […]

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A Favorite Cultural Outlet for Local Hungarians: The Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Opera House (originally the Edwards Theater) is a favorite cultural venue for the Hungarian community of Sarasota, Florida. It originally opened on April 10, 1926, with an elaborate three-story entrance containing eight shops on the ground floor, 12 offices on the second floor, and 12 furnished apartments on the third, while the theater’s auditorium contained an orchestral pipe organ. The building was designed by Roy […]

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Hungarian Review: Extra Hungariam – On the Intellectual Life of the Hungarian Exiles after 1956 – an Essay by Mátyás Sárközi

In honor of November 4th, the 61st anniversary of the defeat of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, we would like to once again present our readers with an essay on the Hungarian émigré community, courtesy of the literary journal The Hungarian Review. In his article, writer and journalist Mátyás Sárközi reflects on the men and women who made up the literary […]

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“The More Languages We Know, the Better”: Local Attitudes Toward Ukraine’s Controversial New Education Law

The Beautiful month of September, full of colors and prolonged sunny days, was already nearing its end when some significant changes to the educational system of Hungary’s neighbor Ukraine emerged.  A new educational law, along with its language modifications, was signed into law by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the 25th of September. Its 7th paragraph has triggered a loud […]

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HT Vlog #1: Explore ArtMarket Budapest 2017!

In Hungary Today’s new monthly video series “HT Vlog”, our readers can get a virtual introduction to the most interesting public, cultural and lifestyle events in Budapest and Hungary. Our exclusive video content is created and edited by Hungarian vlogger Boglárka Lakos, who aims to guide our readers through the very best of Hungary. Join the adventure and subscribe to […]

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A Look At Hungary’s Experience With Tax Reform – By Eugene F. Megyesy Jr.

As a result of Hungary’s tax reform, the number of taxpayers has more than doubled, unemployment has dropped to a record low, growth has risen to a respectable percent, government debt has shrunk, and the rating agencies have upgraded Hungarian bonds from “junk” to investment grade, American-Hungarian lawyer and policy adviser Eugene F. Megyesy Jr. points out in his latest […]

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Communities vs. States: Catalonia’s Referendum and the Question of Regional Autonomy in the EU

Observing events in Catalonia can help us to explore our ambiguous definitions and trends of thought about nation states, multiculturalism, and ideas regarding who has the right to be ‘independent’. First, we need to fix few absolute statements about independence movements. There are ‘nations’ which have successfully claimed independence in Europe, while others have been unable to do so. This […]