Hungary is really good country to eat :) I am going to do a short list about specialities that I can find in Budapest.
Food specialities :
- The most important : Goulash Soup
- Foie Gras
- Borju Pörkölt : veal stew in the paprika
- Stuffed crêpes : hortobágyi palacsinta
-Gungel palacsinta : crêpes filled with hazelnuts, raisins, crystallized orange peels, and chocolate-brown
Regarding a famous event in Budapest, there is the Spring Festival.
The Spring festival of Budapest is organized the second about fifteen of March. There are more than 200 shows, like jazz concerts, concerts of classical music, shows of ballet of dance, shows of folk dance, theater performances, projections of movies, etc... The festival takes place in 60 places of the capital, like in the Theater Thália, the National Opera of Hungary and the Palace of the Arts.
And there is on the Heroes Square, BUDAPEST who is written with enlightened letters.
Like in France, Hungary has a National Day. This is the 15th of March.
They commemorate the revolution of 1848. Hungarians lived under domination of Austrians. On March, the 15th, 1848, a young Hungarian poet, Sandor Petöfi, called his fellow countrymen to lift up himself. He took the lead of a procession to go to the Buda Castle, bring a list of 12 demands to the Austrian government. He asked in particular for the end of the censorship and for the freedom of the media.
There was a levying of flag in front of Parliament, a parade of the military guarding up to the national Museum, the place where the revolution of 1848 had begun. In the afternoon, Prime Minister pronounced a speech on the square of Parliament. There was a lot of people because the government called its sympathizers to come, to show that they are so numerous at least as the opponents.
Concerning symbols, Hungary's flag is red, white and green. Sometimes, there is on the flag the coat of arms of Hungary with the crown. Indeed, Holy Crown of Hungary is symbol of the Hungarian monarchy and one of the attributes of the Hungarian sovereignty. We can see it in Parliament. The crown of Hungary consists at present of an oblique cross, a spherical cap and a precious circle.
The nature of the regime of the government of Hungary is a parliamentary democracy. The President of the Republic is Janos Ader, elected by the parliament on May 2nd, 2012.
Prime Minister is Viktor Orban. He manages the party Fidesz and detains 133 seats to the Parliament, on 199.
The Fidesz is a Hungarian political right party. It is based on the conservatism and militates for the preservation of the Hungarian traditions. It has anti-communist ideas, declares itself nationalist and is for a Christian democracy. However, it is criticized for its authoritarian trends.
The Democratic Coalition is a Hungarian political left-center party, of which the president is Ferenc Gyurcsány. There is also the Hungarian Socialist party.
Then, the Jobbik is an extreme right-wing Hungarian political party, founded in 2003, and chaired by Gábor Vona. Jobbik is, in the name of the conservation of the national identity, for the return of the Christian values, the family and the authority in the Hungarian State. It positions against the political liberalism and the communism. This one would also have anti-semitic speeches. Jobbik is favorable to the reunification of the moral teaching and the religious education. It also opposes the abortion and is against the immigration.
The party gains ground in Hungary. It beat records, during the general election, in the northeast of the country, taking advantage of tensions with the Roma minority in this underprivileged region of Hungary.
I'm going to do a list about the most beautiful and important monuments of Budapest
To begin, of course, the magnificent Parliament (I took this picture during a turn in boat !) :
This is my favorite !
Then, there is Buda Castle who is Royal palace :
We have a really beautiful view from it, on Chain Bridge and the Danube :
Close to Buda Castle, there is Fisherman's Bastion :
And Matthias Church :
In Budapest, there is also the bigger Synagogue of Europe, and the second of the world :
I visited inside, this is a nice monument.
St. Stephen's Basilica :
The Citadel :
There is also a beautiful view on Pest :
Heroes' Square :
By declaring, on Tuesday, April 28th, that the question of death penalty, abolished in 1990 in Hungary, should be put, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban aroused the indignation within the European Union.
The Hungarian penal legislation, nevertheless one of the most repressive of Europe, "would not be dissuasive enough ", estimated Orban at the time of his declarations.
Orban then spoke to the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. He thus eased his speech, according to the office of the president of the European Parliament: he assured to President Schulz that the Hungarian government did not intend to set measure to introduce the death penalty.
Schulz formally reminded, these last days, his opposition to the death penalty, banished by the Charter of the fundamental rights of the European Union, to which Hungary adhered in 2004.
I found an article about this local news, in euronews.com:
"Hungary wants to reintroduce the death penalty. It may seem a surprising move for an EU member state but that’s exactly what Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to do even though capital punishment is not permitted under EU rules.
Many politicians say any member state that wants capital punishment should leave the EU.
The European Parliament’s Committee of Civil Liberties says reintroducing the death penalty would be a clear violation of EU law.
“Viktor Orban doesn’t defend anything.” said Louis Michel, MP of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. “He is destroying everything. By launching a debate on the death penalty, he is turning Hungary against the flow of history. That is the truth. Death penalty never reaches its goal. It is not right for justice to commit a crime.”
Many people say Orban is trying to prevent his popularity from plummeting after support for radical nationalist Jobbik party soared.
Euronews correspondent Attila Magyar reported: “Hungarian political analysts say Viktor Orban knows that it is impossible to reintroduce the death penalty, but by "keeping this on the agenda" he can gain some support. The latest opinion polls show that almost half of the population agrees with the reintroduction of the death penalty. So the Hungarian PM can act like the protector of the Hungarian Sovereignty again.”"
I think it's impossible to reintroduce death penalty in Hungary because the EU will never accept it. Indeed, Barroso, President of the Committee from 2004 until 2014, declared " if a Member state wants to restore the death penalty, he can make it but he then has to leave the EU ".
Moreover, I can't imagine such a law in a country where I am feeling so good because people are open-minded.
In my opinion, death penalty would be a major step backward for Hungary who is a country that changes a lot in a short time...
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