Hungary vs the West — Service and etiquettes

My return to Western Europe has made me more conscious of life in Hungary and how radically different it is compared to the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. In which aspects? In how you are treated by your fellow citizens. In Hungary there is a melancholy surrounding the people, especially the 50+ers. They have long…

International News in the Evening Standard — hmmmmm

A couple of months ago a family member, who has been a former employee at the Embassy in Iran, gave me an advice I remember well and which I try to use, if I can: write about the country where you are. And so I did, in September I wrote an Op-Ed about Hungary, of…

Book Review: Demystifying Syria

I just came across another book review that I have written earlier — in 2011, in fact, when I was doing an internship at USAK, in Ankara. It is a quite elaborate review, making it a bit longer than usual. Countries are more complex than they seem. Demystifying Syria (SOAS Middle East Issues Series) Fred…