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2,000 years of culture and history in Rosia Montana is in danger again

Last week, Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said that the state is looking for ways to withdraw its nomination of Rosia Montana – known in Hungarian as Verespatak – to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, raising serious concerns about the continued preservation of an ancient town that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age.

The settlement, currently home to historic communities of ethnic Hungarian and German minorities, is famous for its 2,000 year-old mining complex built during the Roman Empire that has been preserved and is today still accessible to visitors. The town also boasts the ruins of…

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September 5, 2017

Food quality
New member states must not be regarded as “Europe’s food dump”

New member states must not be regarded as “Europe’s food dump”

A series of examinations by local, food quality inspectors show that some producers sell inferior quality food products to central Europe under the same brand name. Following the revelation, the Visegrád Group is taking up the fight against double standards on food quality sold in the new Member States.

The issue surfaced after several examinations showed that food producers are delivering products to central Europe that are seemingly the same as those they are selling in western Europe but are in fact of lower quality. Slovak and Hungarian researchers turned up evidence of the dumping practice following similar tests conducted…

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March 24, 2017

Middle East
Persecuted Christians of the Middle East and Northern Africa need our help now

Persecuted Christians of the Middle East and Northern Africa need our help now

In December, two heinous terror attacks took place within a few days of each other. A jihadist drove a truck into the Christmas market in Berlin and a Coptic Christian church was blown up in Cairo, Egypt, during service. The perpetrators, in both cases, sought to harm the “infidel” Christians and attack Christian celebrations and symbols.

The attacks were acts of radical Islamic terror, ISIS claiming responsibility in both cases. Authorities reported that several other attempts were foiled in other European countries.

While we struggle to deal with this horrific violence here in Europe, the fear of this kind of terror…

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February 7, 2017

Middle East
We need to do more to protect Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

We need to do more to protect Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

As Christians around the world celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, a Coptic Christian cathedral was bombed in Cairo, Egypt during services. This is just one more example of Christians being targeted by radical Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa. The 25 martyrs, many of whom were women and children, died because of their religion. When will Europe finally realize that our Christian brothers and sisters in the region need our help and act accordingly?

Today, these communities in the Middle East and North Africa are being persecuted, victimized and slaughtered due to their religion. During my fact-finding…

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January 12, 2017

Editorial

EU support for Middle East needed to prevent ‘new wave of immigration’

The EU needs to reach a consensus on the ‘human catastrophe’ being perpetuated by ISIS, writes György Hölvényi in the Parliament Magazine.

All of the European parliament’s major political families back international support of persecuted minorities, including Christians, in a recent resolution that was strongly endorsed by the EPP group on the attacks and abductions throughout the Middle East by the group calling itself Islamic state (ISIS). This joint resolution may be considered as a historical achievement from a political point of view.

Following several months of ISIS aggression, European decision-makers condemned the deeds of ISIS and the suffering of the…

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March 26, 2015

Editorial

Raising Awareness of the Dire Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Iraq

Last week, as part of an official delegation, I visited Erbil and Northern Iraq, communities overwhelmed with the humanitarian crisis brought on by the belligerent actions of the so-called Islamic State. 

The situation there is indeed dire. After seeing first-hand the refugee camps and provisional facilities for medical care and education, we came away convinced that more must be done to raise awareness among EU decision-makers and officials and also at the member state level of the seriousness of the situation. The extremely difficult plight of these persecuted communities requires a greater contribution from the EU and the Member States.

First,…

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February 13, 2015

Editorial

Religious dialogue: accepting one another as a pledge for peace

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Europe became united in deep mourning. Europeans felt threatened not only as individuals but also collectively, as a community – a very natural initial reaction to the tragedy.

Though our mourning continues, as Europeans we must now confront a clean and realistic picture of developments affecting our society, identity and religion. We must understand that despite the broadest forms of liberty, deep conflicts are arising among citizens.

Accepting one another as a pledge for peace

A globalised world has given us profound experience with pluralism of religions. Only dialogue enables the followers of different convictions…

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January 29, 2015