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Star Wars Marketing Is Even More Absurd in Hungary

Human culture has reached a point of no return. The overwhelming barrage of Star Wars merchandise has pulverised the last remaining crumbs of our consumer dignity. Consider this product and cry with us: Star Wars Chicken Hot Dogs with Built-in Ketchup. And it gets worse. Read More >>

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The Closing of the Hungarian Border, as Seen by Drones

This drone video captures what’s happening right now on the border between Hungary and Croatia. All you can see for kilometres on the road are buses and checkpoints. Read More >>

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5 European Countries Have Built Border Fences to Keep Out Refugees

Over the last few weeks, hastily erected razor-wire fences have made headlines as they’ve appeared along Hungary’s border to keep out refugees fleeing war-torn countries. But this is actually not a new phenomenon: at least four more European countries have built fences in the last few years in a heightened effort to keep immigrants out. Read More >>

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Photo Essay: Inside a 120-Year-Old Steam-Powered Water Pumping Station

A small village on the left bank of the river Tisza in Hungary hides one of the best-preserved industrial relics I have ever seen. If you wander along the flood prevention dyke near the village, you’ll see an old building with an enormous brick chimney towering above the trees: this is the old Tiszabercel water pumping station, a one-of-a-kind gem from the steam age. Read More >>

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Drone Footage Shows Massive New Border Fence Between Hungary and Serbia

Hungarian police are erecting a 175-kilometre-long razor wire fence along the border between Hungary and Serbia. This depressing video from Drone Media Studio shows how the beautiful countryside is being destroyed, literally and figuratively, by anti-immigration policies. Read More >>

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Don’t Take This Facebook-Branded Designer Drug

This is what an internet icon looks like when it’s been turned into potentially lethal street drug. Read More >>

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Inside the Bunker Where Soviets Kept Their Secret Stash of Nukes 

During the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment on its territory. Now we've gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures. Read More >>

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Hungary Withdraws its Proposed Internet Tax (For Now)

Following continued protests, Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has announced that he's withdrawing plans for his proposed Internet tax—at least for now. Read More >>

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Protests Against Internet Tax in Hungary Continue – Larger Than Ever

Tens of thousands of peaceful Hungarians marched again in the streets and on the bridges of Budapest on Tuesday, continuing the demonstration against the proposed internet tax. Read More >>

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This is How Hungarians are Protesting Against the Proposed Internet Tax

There was something strange in the air in Budapest on Sunday evening. Mostly, it was computer parts and outdated peripherals—flying through the closed windows of the headquarters of the ruling political party, called Fidesz. Read More >>

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A Rare Tour Inside a Thousand-Year-Old High-Tech Winery

The Abbey Winery in Pannonhalma, Hungary, has one of the oldest wine making traditions in Europe. In 996, Benedictine monks settled on the Sacred Hill of Pannonia—and they've always been closely associated with viticulture and winemaking introduced by the Romans. Read More >>

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The Sombre History Behind These Wild-Looking Cube Houses

In villages all over Hungary you'll find cube houses – more or less identical in shape but painted in fantastical colours by their residents. While these houses may look utterly delightful and whimsical to our eyes, they're less welcomed in their own communities. In her book Hungarian Cubes, photographer Katharina Roters tells the story of standardised housing in Hungary. Read More >>

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The New Budapest Metro Line is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

>After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work–it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence–Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing engineering, architectural, and artistic achievement, a mix of stunning concrete structures and trippy ornamentation. It looks stunning. Read More >>