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​ Among the many memoirs and panegyrics that appear in our public space dedicated to the memory of Sir Roger Scruton - I myself am the author of such text, published here - it is not difficult to find a summary of his works. Some are more, others less enthusiastic, or even kind. It is not difficult to omit or "flatten" the ideological dimension of this thinker's oeuvre, more than anyone involved in the fight against - one could say half-jokingly - the present day as such. Of course, many will…

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 08:00

Strauss from Zsámbék – Josef Gung'l Josef Gung’l (Gungl Joseph) was born in the town of Zsámbék (Ger. Schambeck), 35 km from Budapest on 1 December 1809. Similar to his nephew Johann, young Joseph also showed musical talent at an early age. ​ "Composer and conductor József (Josef) Gungl (1809-1889), born in Zsámbék attended a primary school in this building" The plaque also commemorates his nephew, János (Johann) Gungl (1818-1883), a known composer, violinist and conductor…

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:41

Linking the European Union budget with the rule of law is a surefire way to break up the community.   The European Union's multiannual financial framework (MFF) is a legally binding regulation which sets out priority tasks for a number of years to come. Annual budgets are adopted on the basis of the MFF. The financial framework in force at the moment encompasses 2014-2020 and as such will expire at the end of this year. Negotiations on the 2021–2027 MFF are still underway. Charles…

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:09

​ President János Áder has invited Pope Francis to Hungary for the International Eucharistic Congress set to be held in Budapest later this year.   Speaking to public media after an audience with Pope Francis, Áder said he had visited the Vatican with the intention of inviting the pope to the International Eucharistic Congress scheduled for September 13-20. Áder noted that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Holy See as…

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:56

​ Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Poland on February 3 and 4 had great repercussions in Poland. Less so in France, although most media outlets published a few reports about what was the first visit of a French president to Poland since 2013. A previous visit, planned by President François Hollande in 2016, was cancelled after the government of Beata Szydło decided not to go forward with the purchase of 50 French-made Caracal military helicopters. The relationship between Poland and France further…

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:34

Cardinal József Mindszenty was freed during the Hungarian Revolution in Budapest. A number of Hungarian patriots from a Honvédség unit walked into his prison cell. The commander announced: "Father, the Primate is free". Mindszenty blessed the officers. On 31 October 1956 the Primate of Hungary appeared in the capital in a vehicle escorted by revolutionary units. He also drove through towns and villages. Wherever he went he was welcomed enthusiastically.  The greetings were accompanies by…

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:14

Car racing took on the form of sporting rivalry at the end of the 19th century. The first race took place on 22 July 1894 in France, but no one received a first place prize. In 1906 the first competition in the Grand Prix (French: "Grand Prize") cycle was held. A Hungarian engineer and mechanic, Ferenc Szisz, entered the competition. It was the beginning of the Hungarians’ great car racing adventure, which continues to this day.   Ferenc Szisz (on the left) in 1914 Szisz was…

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 02:48

​ Attila Dabis, the Szekler National Council’s foreign affairs officer, said only 60,000 people have signed it so far with just 90 days left until the deadline to collect one million signatures. Justice Minister Judit Varga has added her signature to a European citizens’ initiative on protecting national regions. The European Citizens’ Initiative for the Equality of the Regions and Sustainability of the Regional Cultures was launched by the Szekler National Council. The body aims to convince…

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 08:31