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Good Neighborly Relations and Cooperation

Sándor Laczkó
Feb 24, 2023

Austria is Hungary's second most important trading partner in terms of trade volume and the third largest investor in Hungary. As the Austrian Ambassador to Hungary, Alexander Grubmayr highlights to Diplomacy&Trade, bilateral political relations mainly focus on European and cross-border cooperation. He also talks about neutrality as a fundamental element in Austria's foreign policy ever […]

Responding to the Challenges of the Moment

Sándor Laczkó
Dec 4, 2022

In the second half of 2022, the Czech Republic is holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. On this occasion, Diplomacy&Trade has carried an extensive interview with the Czech Ambassador to Hungary, Tibor Bial who presents in detail the priorities of the Presidency in addition to highlighting Czech-Hungarian cooperation in various […]

A Reliable and Constructive Partner

Sándor Laczkó
Jul 25, 2022

“Strengthening Taiwan's official or government relationship with Hungary is one of my priorities.” That is according to the Representative of Taiwan to Hungary, Ambassador Shih-Chung Liu who also tells Diplomacy&Trade about strengthening bilateral economic and cultural relations as well presenting Taiwan to Hungarians – sometimes with unusual methods. The first office representing Taiwan in Budapest […]

Bonds Rooted in Shared Values

Sándor Laczkó
Jul 23, 2022

“In the past year, Italy was the second largest market for Hungarian exports and the eighth largest supplier country,” the Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Hungary, Manuel Jacoangeli tells Diplomacy&Trade in the leading article of the recently published Italian Focus. Besides soaring economic relations, he also stresses the deep-rooted cultural ties and the areas […]

Strengthening Bonds Through Cooperation

Sándor Laczkó
May 23, 2022

“Trade relations between Hungary and Belgium have been soaring recently,” the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Hungary, Siegfried Peinen tells Diplomacy&Trade in the leading article of the Belgian Focus celebrating the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Hungary and Belgium. Looking back at the history of this century, Ambassador Peinen notes that at […]

Trust and Friendship Through Contact and Dialog

Sándor Laczkó
Feb 24, 2022

“Hungary and Japan display a close affinity for one another.” That is according to the Ambassador of Japan to Hungary, Masato Otaka. In addition to describing the various aspects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation the two countries have based on trust and friendship, he also outlines, in an extensive interview with Diplomacy&Trade, the many things […]

Active Cooperation with Hungary

Sándor Laczkó
Jan 1, 2022

“Hungarian-French relations are very good in general. After the difficult times of the pandemic, personal, direct consultations could also resume recently.”  That is according to the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Hungary, Pascale Andréani. In addition to describing the strong economic relations and active French investor presence here, she also outlines – in […]

Two Countries Working Closely Together

Sándor Laczkó
Dec 10, 2021

Denmark and Hungary are working closely together. That is what the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Hungary, Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen emphasizes in an extensive interview with Diplomacy&Trade, the leading article of the recent Danish Focus. Ambassador Lorenzen arrived to Hungary over a year ago. Concerning his plans and how much he has been […]

Ample Opportunities for Cooperation

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 9, 2021

The leading article of the recent Turkish Focus in Diplomacy&Trade was a comprehensive interview with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Hungary, Ahmet Akif Oktay. He talks – among other issues – about the growing trade and investment relations between the two countries, especially in the field of energy as well as the […]

Cooperation with All Stakeholders

Sándor Laczkó
Oct 12, 2021

The intensification of the high-level political dialogue between Switzerland and Hungary, as demonstrated by three recent ministerial visits, reflects the developments which have taken place and still take place in both countries and in Europe. That is according to the old-new Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Budapest, Jean-François Paroz. In Diplomacy&Trade's recent Swiss Focus, […]

Bilateral Ties in the Hearts and Minds

Sándor Laczkó
Jul 1, 2021

Relations between Hungary and the Netherlands date back centuries and the two countries have recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations. András Kocsis has been the Hungarian ambassador in The Hague for five years now. He tells Diplomacy&Trade about the various aspects of bilateral relations “forged through centuries of friendship and mutual respect.” “The […]

For Green and Value-Added Cooperation

Sándor Laczkó
Jun 30, 2021

The Netherlands and Hungary have recently celebrated the centenary of diplomatic relations The Netherlands Ambassador in Budapest, René van Hell highlights to Diplomacy&Trade some of the milestones and also reflects on bilateral relations today. Among other things, he mentions the Dutch environmental awareness conveyed to Hungary, agriculture with high added value in the two countries […]

For a Stronger and More Innovative Europe

Sándor Laczkó
Dec 29, 2020

“The German-Hungarian relationship rests on a solid foundation. The thread of the conversation never broke off in the face of the differences of opinion,” Ambassador Haindl points out to Diplomacy&Trade. Describing the current situation, he highlights that “our societies have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past few months. The impacts of […]

New Algeria Era

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 21, 2020

The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria celebrated its National Day on November 1, commemorating the start of the war of independence on November 1, 1954, the anniversary of the outbreak of the struggle against French colonial presence. On this occasion, the country’s ambassador, Ali Mokrani told Diplomacy&Trade how important this day is for the Algerian […]

Complex and Dynamic Network of Links

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 20, 2020

In commemoration of the Czech National Day, Diplomacy&Trade – in cooperation with the Czech Embassy in Budapest – has recently presented a compilation on Czech-Hungarian relations with special emphasis on Czech beers. the section also included an interview with Ambassador Bial. “Czech-Hungarian relations are complex and intense, on political and various informal levels. When we […]

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