August 15, 2011
Current issue of The Economist published a lengthy article titled The awkward squad about east European leaders and why they court bad publicity. The article investigates why poor countries needing investment face conflicts with their richer counterparts. The article points out Hungary and the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has attracted a blaze of outside ctiticism since taking office in May 2010. The article emphasizes that such rows don't mean the end of the world: "after the sound and fury, they can bring concessions, not isolation. Though some easterners may be irritating, noisy and unfashionable, in modern Europe they are indispensable".