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Sándor Laczkó

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The Future ‘Made in CEE’

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 1, 2019

Central and Eastern Europe will play an increasingly important role in the European Union's economy in the future. The current technological changes can give the region additional impetus. These are the core statements made at an international conference in Budapest this Thursday. Organized by the ‘Netzwerk Digital’ initiative and the organization ‘United Europe’, the event […]

Qiang Wang a.k.a. Master Wang

An Emissary of the Chinese Kitchen

Sándor Laczkó
Oct 25, 2019

Authentic Chinese cuisine, unadulterated and unadjusted to Western tastes, is still hard to come by in the Hungarian capital. One Chinese restaurateur has been working hard for nearly three decades to showcase Chinese cuisine that hits all the right notes. Qiang Wang, dubbed Wang mester (Master Wang), arrived in Hungary in 1991, at the age […]

Tamás Nádasi

Understanding Chinese Business Culture

Sándor Laczkó
Oct 22, 2019

From introductions to negotiating tactics, the business culture in China, the world’s largest market, is different from European business culture. Being aware of cultural details is vital for commercial success, says Tamás Nádasi, President of the Chinese Committee established by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Nádasi stresses that cooperation among Hungarian businesses and […]

ChinaCham president Ernő Pető

A Professional Voice

Sándor Laczkó
Oct 21, 2019

The Hungarian-Chinese Chamber of Economy (ChinaCham) aims to enhance Hungary’s role as a logistics and distribution center of Chinese goods for the region. In a previous interview with Diplomacy&Trade, ChinaCham President Ernő Pető stressed that “Europe needs China very much and China also needs Europe.” When asked whether he still stands by this statement, the […]

Venus Transit 250th anniversary commemoration

Cold Dogs for Lunch...

These things in the title and subtitle have nothing in common, but they are in a way representative of some funny and interesting things that I have encountered since I started working for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. So, here are three unrelated ‘episodes’ from my life as a diplomat. When joining […]

Ian Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary

Magyar is O.K.

My love affair with Hungary began in 2004. I was then the Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. I had never been to Hungary, although Budapest had captured my imagination for many years. In the summer of that year, we drove across Europe from Romania, holidaying en-route in Croatia and Italy, and […]

Dr. Sándor Erdei

Managing Change

Sándor Laczkó
Sep 24, 2019

“The only constant is change, and it is inevitable, as the old adage goes,” says Dr. Sándor Erdei, a seasoned venture capital and foreign direct investment professional, who is the founder and Chief Executive of Dutch-Hungarian financial services provider DBH Group. The transformational power of digital technologies is uprooting the way people live, work, and […]

Lóránt Kibédi Varga

Member-to-Member Approach

Sándor Laczkó
Sep 17, 2019

Established 17 years ago, the Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce in Budapest (Dutcham) aims to facilitate the exchange of professional expertise and provide networking possibilities for Dutch companies operating in Hungary and for Hungarian f irms planning to enter the Dutch market. Dutcham’s key mission of providing a platform for Dutch and Hungarian companies to build […]

Anunciada Fernández de Córdova at her book presentation in Budapest

A Woman of Letters

On the day I was to present my Letter of Credentials to the President of Hungary, an official car arrived promptly to pick me up at my residence. The convoy advanced, solemn and with sirens blaring, toward the Castle. When crossing the Danube from Pest to Buda on the Elizabeth Bridge, I turned to my […]

Tanuja Shankar, Director of the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center

The Home of Indian Culture in Hungary

Sándor Laczkó
Aug 21, 2019

The Indian Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma told Diplomacy&Trade three years ago that “culture is a way of life in India: everything from getting up in the morning and moving on through the daily routine,” concluding that “our life is our culture.” The events organized by the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center bring […]

Paneuropean Picnic in 1989

Picnic of the Century

Sándor Laczkó
Aug 19, 2019

It was exactly 30 years ago, on August 19, 1989, that - in a symbolic gesture agreed to by Austria and Hungary - a border crossing was opened on the 'Iron Curtain' for three hours. It was an event that eventually allowed hundreds of East Germans to flee to the West. In the summer of […]

Taras Shevchenko monument in Budapest

Memories for the Future

Walking through any city in the world, one can see a lot of monuments that remind them of historic personalities or events. Budapest is not an exception, it is a city that has a lot to boast. The monuments tell us about the history of the country, the people it is proud of and its […]

Massimo Rustico

Huge Economic and Trade Potential

Sándor Laczkó
Jun 17, 2019

In the recent months, political discussions between Italian and Hungarian officials have become more active. According to Ambassador Rustico, Italy and Hungary have been holding a very good relationship for several years. “A concrete momentum has been put in place, of course, with the 5 Stars/League government taking office in Rome in June 2018 and […]

Juraj Chmiel

Historical Record in Business Exchange

Sándor Laczkó
Jun 6, 2019

“We consider ourselves honorary neighbors. There are no open issues and both official and informal contacts are continually developing in many fields. The V4, including the International Visegrád Fund (IVF) contributes to experts, academics, NGOs and students exchanges, and people to people contacts. Our countries cooperate in the EU where they often find themselves in […]

Pat Kelly Ireland

Positive Direction and Dialogue

Sándor Laczkó
May 20, 2019

As Hungary celebrates the 15th anniversary of its membership in the European Union, the Ambassador of Ireland, Pat Kelly recalls to Diplomacy&Trade’s Irish Focus that it was his country’s EU Presidency in 2004 that welcomed Hungary and nine other new member states to the Union. He also talks about issues of common stance and those […]

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