Knowledge of a foreign language in the EU25, 2006

Speaking other languages gives one a big comparative advantage over others, for instance in terms of labour mobility… As for the image below, the EU might be ‘together’ since 1957, but many of the people are not able to communicate with their fellow Union-citizens, due to language gaps. I have always been a strong advocate…

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…