Hungary: 25 Years of Freedom

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What has the free-market delivered for Hungary and her people? We have a progress report on the country's extraordinary economic journey, in the 25 since the end of Soviet communism. We speak to technology entrepreneur Bojar Gabor of Graphisoft, about how he began building his business amidst the constraint of communist dictatorship, and about the risks he took to challenge the state. Evidence of the new, emerging energy in the country's economy is evident in Aron Levendel who, at only 27, is already running a successful business - Kaptar - which offers business space to Budapest's start up companies. Former government economic adviser Lazlo Matyas, raises his concerns about the way Hungary's economy is being managed. And, he says, the European Union does not understand the need, in former Soviet countries, for people to express their national, as well as their European identity. And billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, recalls his own involvement in the momentous 1989 revolution in Hungary that brought freedom and democracy to the nation's people.

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Tue 13 May 2014 07:32 GMT

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