Just days after this diplomatic tit-for-tat between the EU and China, the Hungarian government played host to a senior visitor from Beijing: China's defence minister. Wei Fenghe used his visit as an opportunity to condemn the EU sanctions while praising Hungary's conciliatory approach, claiming that China "has always regarded Hungary as a good brother".
As in its physical form, the online edition of the Athens Video Dance Project seeks to showcase predominant and emerging trends on the international dance scene. Running from December 18 to 20 on avdp.gr, the event features 70 video presentations from 20 countries, thanks to partnerships with dance film festivals in Berlin, Barcelona, Budapest and Graz, among others.
Sofia ranks 30th among 150 cities in the world in terms of rising residential property prices, according to the Residential Cities Index. Residential property prices in the capital rose 5.9% last year, with an average increase of 3.2% for all cities in the ranking. It turns out that the real estate market in Sofia performs better than in most major cities around the world.
Critics say the demolition of the National Theatre is an old project of Prime Minister Edi Rama, since the time when he was Culture Minister in 1998 and proposed to build a tower in its place and incorporate the theatre inside.
The renewed bid to demolish the theatre divided artists and activists, and raised concerns among anti-corruption and heritage watchdogs.
Yet even before a sleeper is laid, the Hungarian government has thrown a cloak of secrecy over the project, raising serious questions about transparency and accountability.
On April 8, the government submitted a draft bill to classify details of the Budapest-Belgrade railway plan, ostensibly to protect national interests.