I have always thought myself a good European, supporting integration and enlargement, the common currency, the increasing role of communitarian legislation and the prospects of a United Europe in the distant future. For the first time I feel unease about this vision.
Our editorial office received numerous letters in response to the opinion piece by Anat Kálmán published last week titled “J’Accuse”, some of which we are publishing here.
Several weeks ago I read a statement in The Budapest Times supporting Hungarian citizenship for ethnic Hungarians in surrounding countries.
I had a very unpleasant experience on a train operated by MÁV on 27 December after visiting the Christmas market in Budapest with my 14-year-old son. On the journey home to Mosonmagyaróvár I encountered a hostile conductor who refused to believe that our return tickets were valid. Frankly, her behaviour was disgusting.
I wish to warn others of a potentially illegal activity that is probably taking place every night on the main highway into Hungary, the M1. Foreign motorists who have the misfortune to break down and seek assistance through the “official” SOS system are being targeted by having large amounts of money extracted from them.
I note the publication of a letter from a Mr. Nebelberg (page 2, The Budapest Times, 30 September – 6 October) but I find that his problem with the current national census is somewhat at odds to my own.
Editor’s note:â€?It is this newspaper’s policy to offer restaurants that are the focus of a letter of complaint to have the right to reply in the same issue of the newspaper as we cannot verify an individual’s account of what happened. Here is the response from the restaurant.
Your recommendation of Café Provence in District II on the Eating Out page (page 15, The Budapest Times, 23-29 September) led us to try it out, especially as we are always looking for child-friendly restaurants. Our family of five decided to go relatively early around 12.30pm for lunch so that we could be home by 2pm when our two-and-a-half-year-old son usually goes to sleep.
I am a regular subscriber to The Budapest Times print edition and I am disappointed to find that among the more than 30 museums you list each week there is no Revolution Museum. Hungary has had a mixed history but both the 1848 and 1956 revolutions were extraordinary events and interesting.
On Sunday the inhabitants of the northeastern town Gyöngyöspata (population 2,800) went to the polls in a by-election to elect a new mayor. Because Hungarian by-elections are won by the candidate receiving the most votes in the first round, Jobbik candidate Oszkár Juhász won despite attracting a mere 433 votes (33.8 per cent) of 1,295 votes cast.