Hungary under fire as World Jewish Congress opens in Budapest

President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Ronald S Lauder walks on the podium in Budapest. Photo: AFP

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) opened in Budapest with hundreds of representatives of worldwide Jewish communities attending, even as Hungary came under fire for rising anti-Semitism.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 3:48am

Freezing, miserable spring for Europe and parts of America

A farmer rescues a sheep trapped in a snowdrift in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo: Reuters

Freak blizzards and freezing weather over the first few days of spring in Europe and parts of the United States caused fatal cases of hypothermia, power outages and transport chaos.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:22am

Fifa punishes Bulgaria, Hungary for racial abuse

 FIFA President Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter. Photo: EPA

Fifa fined Bulgaria and Hungary around US$40,000 each on Tuesday and ordered them to play a World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium after fans aimed racist and anti-Semitic abuse at opposing teams.

The punishments were announced as players and anti-discrimination groups demand a tougher response to fan actions at stadiums, including in Italy and Serbia.

9 Jan 2013 - 9:46am

Talking Points

Apple unveils its latest must-have gadget.

Apple unveils its latest must-have gadget

23 Oct 2012 - 3:09am


Hungary is a good place to visit when you are hungry. Three hearty meals a day accompanied by glass after glass of tokay, one of the world's finest sweet wines, is enough to send anyone racing for a gym membership - if not an insulin injection.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Prolific wine writer Hugh Johnson was updating his wine atlas a couple of decades ago when it reportedly occurred to him that Hungary was underperforming as a wine-producing country. A single state-owned company was responsible for total output and it appeared more interested in quantity than quality.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


Name: Zita Harmat

Age: 15

Country/ City: Hungary, Budapest

School name: ZoltAn KodAly Hungarian Choral School

Star sign: Aquarius

I'm 155cm tall, thin and have brown hair. I'm quite shy, and sometimes wish I had more self-confidence.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Cultivating a taste for a top drop from Hungary

Ho Yuk-chi spends much of his time visiting the country's wine growing regions and introducing clients to the best it has to offer

I WORK IN one of the world's truly fun industries. My work involves selecting, buying, importing, distributing and selling wine from my two wine and glass shops.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

HK back in victory mode

Hong Kong's women's team came back strongly from defeat to claim a convincing 3-0 victory over North Korea in the world team championships in Bremen, Germany.

Having suffered a surprising defeat to unheralded France, the SAR paddlers revitalised their hopes of finishing first in group B.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

PM declares mission to tie his country's future to Asia

Take an average-sized country, give it membership of the best organisations, a well-educated workforce, good growth rate, above-average infrastructure, a central location for market access, and put a charismatic, self-made millionaire businessman at the helm. If this was a computer simulation game called 'Nation Builder', the player should be deeply satisfied.

13 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Hungarian leader to visit HK

Updated at 4.27pm: Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcs?ny would arrive in Hong Kong on Friday following his visit to China, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen would meet Mr Gyurcs?ny at an official luncheon on Saturday, the spokesman said.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

50 Years Ago...

Asian deals lure bloc wheels

Bangkok (May 10): With bicycles and small cars, Russian-bloc countries are trying to wheel into the Far East sales market.

But Western countries led by Britain and the United States, are so far ahead in trade out here that their competition with Hungary, East Germany and Czechoslovakia does not make a lively race.

13 May 2001 - 12:00am

Growing traffic seals Hamburg's Hungarian role

Hong Kong and China supplied much of the important commodity groups in Hungary's incoming traffic via Hamburg last year, when transit cargoes rose to 300,000 tonnes. Sixty per cent were imports and 40 per cent exports.

2 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Postgraduates lured to Eastern Europe

POTENTIAL postgraduates are being offered opportunities to study in former Eastern European communist countries.

An education fair has attracted more than 45 local and overseas tertiary institutions, including representatives from Russia and Hungary.

5 May 1995 - 12:00am

Firms told to avoid selling inferior items to Hungary

HONG KONG businesses are being urged to sell to Hungary but to avoid competing with inferior goods from other countries.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) said traders should grasp the opportunity to enter the Hungarian market under favourable tariffs as domestic buying power surges.

27 Dec 1994 - 12:00am