The Hungarian capital was the scene of repeated overnight violence and demonstrations this week.

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Steven Castle

Some things are better left unsaid: ask Hungary’s Prime Minister

A protestor waves in front of a burning car set on fire by demonstrators during the siege of the staThe Hungarian capital was the scene of repeated overnight violence and demonstrations this week. These were prompted by what will probably go down in history, as one of the worst gaffes made by a ruling politician. Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, admitted in a behind-doors meeting that his government “messed up and lied”. The problem is that all of this was leaked to the press, and led to demonstrations and riots. Network Europe’s EU insider reports from the Hungarian capital, Budapest. >>>

Cristina Tiberian

Why is there discontent in Hungary?

Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany is seen during an extraordinary meeting to inform parliamWhat did Hungary’s socialist Prime Minister say exactly ? His leaked comments have sparked off the Budapest riots, but are there other reasons for discontent in Hungary? Radio Romania International has the answers. >>>

Mark Cummins

Will the new Swedish government curtail the welfare state?

Sweden's incoming prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt looks on during a joint press conference with theIn Sweden, voters have sent the Social Democrats into opposition in last week-end’s general elections. Swedes normally refuse to go right, the Social Democrats have been in the driving seat for most of the last eighty years. But this time apparently, they thought it was time for a change. Frederik Reinfeldt, the leader of the centre right coalition and next prime minister, is working to form a new government which is due to take power on the fifth of October. Radio Sweden tells what people in Sweden can expect from the new team in power. >>>

Hannah Godfrey

Can Jean Marie Le Pen do it again?

On Wednesday the leader of the National Front, Jean Marie Le Pen, announced he would run in the country’s next presidential elections in Spring, his fifth bid for the presidency. The seventy eight year old leader made the announcement from the battlefield of Valmy, a key site in the history of the French Revolution. Can Le Pen, notorious for his racist and revisionist remarks, succeed in presenting himself as a Republican ? Can he capitalise on his breakthrough into the second round of the country's elections four years ago ? Radio France International reports from Valmy. >>>

Slawek Szefs

Poles not pleased with decision to send 1000 troops to Afghanistan

Polish soldiers uncover weapon cache in IraqThe Polish authorities have declared they will send a thousand soldiers to Afghanistan, as part of a NATO multinational force. The decision is to some extent a logical consequence of the country's support for American-led operations in the war on terror. But for the first time, the national consensus on Poland's role in such missions, seems to have been broken, with the opposition accusing the government of sending Polish troops into combat, rather than a peacekeeping mission. >>>

Romanian workers may not be welcomed in the UK

Year 2006 is European Year of Workers MobilityRomania and its neighbour Bulgaria, will most probably join the European Union on January the 1st , 2007. Many Romanians support membership because it will allow them to work and gain experience abroad, preferably in the UK. But Radio Romania International explains that the UK may curtail its open doors policy. >>>

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