What are the similarities and differences in the anthems of the East-Central European region? How did they develop and what types exist? Csaba G. Kiss presents the anthems of thirteen countries of the region, highlighting the similarities in our way of thinking and mentality, while at the same time initiating
The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced yesterday the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023, which included several Central and Eastern European projects.
Europa Nostra represents civil society organisations working for the preservation of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. The annual festival Budapest 100,
On Tuesday, 30 May, a demonstration took place in Prague. The demonstrators were protesting against the deployment of a US military base in Czechia, which is a symbolic issue for more than one reason.
A tense demonstration took place in Prague on 30 May when hundreds of people gathered in
Mariusz Forecki is a documentary photographer and author of several books. In his photobook titled Kurz /Пыль/Dust, he gathered photographs from his numerous travels around the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—in the final stage of its existence and during the formation of a new socio-political order. He
The massive imports of Ukrainian grain and its economic consequences are causing turmoil among Central and Eastern Europe’s farmers in the past few months. The problems even affect Polish politics: Henryk Kowalczyk, Poland’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, resigned on 5 April amid growing protests and the
We live in a post-democracy where major decisions are not made at home but somewhere else—says Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, who also appoints that Russia was provoked to start the invasion of Ukraine. Our interview on Hype&Hyper.
Mr. Klaus, you served as Prime Minister
Dozens of antlers and bus models, IKEA furniture and granny sofas, pets and stuffed animals, guitars and a chandelier left over from Socialism—this and much more can be discovered in Balázs Somorjai’s photographs of Budapest’s panel dwellers.
Panel houses (‘panelház’ or ‘panel’ is a Hungarian term for
How and why did the stereotypes about Eastern European women emerge?
Stereotypes have been, are, and most probably will be in the future, and females are highly affected by them: there are stereotypes based on women’s age, body type, social class, and background. The „Eastern European woman” has always
Petr Pavel is the new president of the Czech Republic: the retired general defeated Andrej Babiš by a significant margin and took office as the new Czech head of state after the end of Miloš Zeman’s term in March.
Petr Pavel received 58.3% of the votes in the
The winter is coming to an end, meaning our region survived one of the most challenging heating seasons caused by the energy crisis. How can we ensure a secure, independent energy supply in the future? We were searching for the answers from a Hungarian perspective with Ottó Toldi, Ph.D.
Extreme cold swept across the United States this winter, while Europe had almost spring-like weather during the Christmas holidays. And last year’s continent-wide drought is likely to come back. We discussed the questions of weather and climate change with Erik Kovács. Interview.
Even laymen could observe that winters are
James A. Kapaló’s research has primarily focused on the history and experience of religious and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe. He works ethnographically with communities, archives and museum collections to explore vernacular knowledge, religious practices and local memory. He was also one of the editors of the
Europe, just like the rest of the world, is going through a difficult period, which is far from over. As we finally recovered from the pandemic, Russia attacked Ukraine, and the developed world has been hit by a severe economic and energy crisis. The plight is far from ideal, but
Older generations have always criticized young people: they are lazy, spoiled, and nowadays also hypersensitive and always on their phones. Still, the so-called „Generation Z” (today’s teenagers and young adults in their early twenties) is unique: they were the first to grow up in the Internet age, and they
To what extent is our region affected by brain drain?
Many Central and Eastern Europeans probably know what brain drain is: It means the migration of high-skilled professionals from one country to another with better living and working conditions. Brain drain is a global phenomenon but affects different countries differently.
The European gaming market has long been the bastion of game development, with the continent’s countries hitting over $20 billion in total revenue this year, according to a 2022 figure. Today’s selection showcases the most spectacular indie video games, from the unsettling world of the post-Soviet era to
The rough patch in Israel-EU relations might finally end due to the Russo-Ukrainian war and the strengthening relationship between Central and Eastern Europe and Israel.
The 2010s were a decade of growing political estrangement between Europe and Israel. The European Union and Israel signed an Association Agreement in 1995, and
Stereotype or reality? - alcoholism in our region.
Alcoholism is probably one of the most complex addictions: Firstly, alcohol is easily accessible; thus, many people can become addicted to it. Secondly, it is part of our culture to a large extent, so drinking alcohol is socially acceptable. Thirdly, alcoholism is
The answer is yes; the only question is where exactly.
The ideological roots behind the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, the emerging new world order, and the possible outcomes of the war are very relevant topics worthy of discussion. Norman Naimark, an American historian and professor at Stanford University, visited Budapest to share
The gender wage gap is a frequent topic in the context of gender equality.
There are many reasons why women and men may earn differently. Differences in traditional gender roles, discrimination, and professions strongly dominated by women or men are just a few examples from the long list of causes.
The leaders of the West met in Warsaw to discuss the challenges caused by the Russo-Ukrainian war. The following thoughts and statements are snapshots of the war and what our leaders dare to say now.
The elite of Central Europe, accompanied by Germany and the US, gathered in Warsaw in
How much money do teachers make in Central and Eastern Europe, and how can they live on their salary?
In Hungary, much attention is focused on education now, especially on teachers’ salaries and dignity. Teachers complain because of financial difficulties, poor circumstances, and overwork. A large part of society supports
This article was published in print in Hype&Hyper 2022/2.
Illustration by László Bárdos
Europe is like a big fruit bowl—while Asia has its Japanese Taiheiyō Belt, the USA its Texas Triangle, our Old Continent has its Blue, Golden and Green Bananas—however, we’re not talking about
Everything is becoming more digital these days, especially shopping. What are the challenges in this environment for one of the largest online retailers in the region? Can the extra revenue from the pandemic be fully seen as a blessing? We asked these questions from Balázs Várkonyi, CEO of eMAG, a
After the post-Soviet Central and Eastern European countries transitioned to democracy, they quickly had to adapt to the rules of the world market. Foreign investment was the driving force behind their development, mostly from neighboring countries. The most significant investor has been Germany and the Nordic countries in the Baltic
The European Commission published its 8th report on economic, social, and territorial cohesion. Published every three years, the report reveals how disparities between European countries have changed between the millennium and the pandemic and shows in which areas did the different regions catch up or lag behind. Analysis from Hype&
Hungarians predominantly pay by card when traveling abroad. Where do we travel, how long do we stay, and how much do we pay? We looked into these questions.
Visa’s study on travel and payment habits in 2022 shows that digitalization has permeated the tourism industry. 62% of Hungarians prefer
The driving force of modern history is arguably the international relations between the great powers. It has never been as noticeable as in the bipolar world of the Cold War era. But who are the great powers in 2022, how do they relate to each other, and what is their
„Moscow last year earned $50 billion from oil and gas supplies to the EU. And this year, due to the increased prices, the Russian revenues will reach $40 billion already in the coming days,” says energy expert Olivér Hortay. At what cost can Europe cut oil and gas imports from
Unfortunately, paging through printed books is increasingly being pushed into the background these days. With the advent of tablets and e-books, the popularity of book-buying began to decline rapidly. But it’s not just the paper format that’s the problem: it’s a common phenomenon worldwide for adults to
Everyone is aware of the benefits of public transport: it is environmentally friendly, ideally fast, and well-built, making it easy and practical to use. Thanks to the positive qualities listed above, millions of people get on a bus or tram every day. However, fewer of us realize that if we
As the largest and most reliable food and drink accreditation system, Great Taste awarded the best applicants again this year. A panel of more than 500 experts evaluated 14,113 products from 108 countries—across various categories and awards. In this selection, we present regional confectionery brands whose certain products
Gábor Ébli’s book titled National Museums and Civic Patrons. Practices of Cultural Accumulation in Central and Eastern Europe, provides insight into the relationship between public and private collections within Central and Eastern Europe, summarized by a selection of forty of his writings. The aim of Ébli’s English-language book
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