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Hungary: Wealthy Foreigners Can Buy Permanent Residency

Date: November 7th, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. citizens who may be considering expatriation after the election should note that Hungary just made it a little easier, though not inexpensive, to relocate to Europe. In attempt to address some of the country’s debt, which is among the highest in the European Union, Budapest officials passed a law that would grant permanent residency [read more]

Russia and Eastern Europe: Economic Crisis Raises Fear of Unrest

Date: April 1st, 2009 | No Comments

The global economic crisis has created fear of civil unrest in Russia and several Eastern European countries as millions have lost their jobs and are turning their anger against their governments. Russia has many towns throughout the country dependent on single industries, a carryover from the Soviet era, and when those industries fail the economies [read more]

Hungary: Budapest Airport Strike Disrupts Flights

Date: December 11th, 2008 | No Comments

Airport employees planned an indefinite strike beginning Dec. 10 at Budapest’s Ferihegy Airport after unions and airport management failed to reach agreement on a new labor contract. The strike shut down the airport the morning of Dec. 10 but some flights resumed in the afternoon. Flight cancellations and delays are likely until the strike is [read more]

Europe: Extreme Weather Plagues Britain, Continent

Date: July 25th, 2007 | No Comments

Extreme weather is plaguing Europe, with England suffering its worst floods in 60 years and intense heat contributing to forest fires in southern Italy and across the Balkan peninsula. Romania saw temperatures above 100 for seven straight days, while a fast-moving brush fire drove thousands of tourists out of hotels and campsites to the beaches [read more]

Hungary: Political Crisis Waning

Date: September 27th, 2006 | No Comments

Hungary’s political crisis surrounding Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admission that he and his government lied to the country about the state of the economy is beginning to resolve. Up to 40,000 people protested peacefully in Budapest Sept. 23 after violent demonstrations earlier in the week. Another several thousand gathered Sept. 24, again peacefully, demanding Ferenc [read more]

Central Europe: Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate, Disrupt Rail Service

Date: May 19th, 2010 | No Comments

Floods due to heavy rain in central Europe forced thousands of people to evacuate in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Electricity was knocked out in some areas and rail travel was disrupted. In Poland, officials closed the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and moved museum artifacts and displays to upper floors to [read more]

Hungary: Budapest Airport Strike Suspended, Terminal Remains Closed

Date: January 22nd, 2009 | No Comments

Airport workers suspended an indefinite strike at Budapest’s Ferihegy international airport Jan. 21, but said they may resume the strike at any time without warning. They had started their most recent strike Jan. 19, shutting down one of two terminals and causing flight delays. Terminal 1 remains closed. Hungarian airline Malev said it planned to [read more]

Hungary: Tourists Taken for a Ride in Budapest

Date: August 21st, 2008 | No Comments

In a scam as old as tourism, three Swedes were taken to a strip club in Budapest instead of the nightclub they were looking for by a taxi driver who earned a commission to deliver them to the club. Once there they were joined by “hostesses” who helped them run up an exorbitant bar bill, [read more]

Hungary: Unrest in Budapest Mars Celebration, May Continue

Date: October 24th, 2006 | No Comments

Ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Hungary’s uprising against Soviet rule Oct. 23 were disrupted by thousands of anti-government protesters who clashed with police. The unrest occurred in several places and was spawned by ongoing discontent with Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and his admitted lies about the economy. Protesters have been demonstrating against him since [read more]

Hungary: Unrest in Budapest

Date: September 20th, 2006 | No Comments

The worst unrest since failed efforts to push out the Soviets in 1956 erupted in Budapest Monday and Tuesday nights when 10,000 people rallied to protest admitted government lies about the economy. Clashes occurred when a large group split off and attacked the state TV building. Police quelled the protests with water cannons and tear [read more]

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