Sense of job security improves

Fully 62 percent of Hungarian employees are confident of 5-plus years of job security, according to a recent survey. A year ago, 55 percent were similarly assured.

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Is this Hungary’s last master glass-blower?

Has James Carcass unwittingly become Hungary’s last master glass-blower? The country which once had glass factories in Salgótarján, Ajka, Tokod and Parád now produces only such standard items as beer or wine bottles, with just three small privately-run workshops producing blown glass.

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The house with no address

Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, the U.K., the Cayman Islands, the San Yuan Islands, U.S.A., Malta and… Vásárosmiske, Hungary. This is just a shortlist of places where intrepid traveller Kristin Cook has lived, taking in several continents and many countries – and culminating ...

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Laying ghosts

There can be few less likely places to meet an expatriate from the UK than in a cemetery in the north-eastern city of Nyíregyháza, some 70 kilometres from Hungary’s border with Ukraine. It is in this extensive burial ground that Nigel works as a ...

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‘We’re going to stay here’

The village of Kisszékely is unlikely to be on many people’s “must-see” list of destinations to visit in Hungary. With its population of just 200, it nestles east of Lake Balaton, bordered by forests and completely hidden among the rolling hills. It is what ...

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‘All I wanted to do is make a difference’

A foray beyond the environs of Budapest to one of the lesser-visited cities in Hungary offers a glimpse of small-town life that has elsewhere been obscured by urbanisation and a faster pace of living. On leaving the M5 motorway, the bumpy country roads conjure ...

Interview with János Zolcer, author of “Gorbachev's Secrets”

Former Soviet president reveals private life to trusted friend

Television and film producer János Zolcer first met former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev in Vienna in 2000 and they have been good friends since. One result is Zolcer’s book “Gorbachev's Secrets. Unveiling the 80s, First-hand Stories He Told Me”, now translated from the ...