[an error occurred while processing this directive] BBC World Service | Learning English | News English - Words in the News
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.
Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

 
You are in: Home > General & Business English
Words in the News
 
Monday 14 April 2003
 
People of Hungary vote 'Yes'
 
Hungary at night The people of Hungary have voted "yes" to EU membership in a legally binding referendum. But the percentage of voters was low, suggesting that many Hungarians expressed their disapproval or fears about membership by not voting. This report by Nick Thorpe:
 
Listen Listen to the story
 
Fireworks lit up the night sky over the River Danube in Budapest to the tune of Beethoven's 9th Symphony after the results were announced. According to preliminary, unofficial figures, a large majority, some eighty four per cent, voted in favour. But turnout was extremely disappointing, only around forty five per cent of eligible voters. This was much less than the resounding "yes" the government had been hoping for and somewhat embarrassing for Hungary.

The Prime Minister, Peter Medgyessy, put a brave face on the result nevertheless. The citizens of Hungary, he said, in a speech in front of the Academy of Sciences, like good parents, had provided a future for their children. Rival explanations have been advanced for the poor turnout. The campaign was one-sided with no state funds at all provided for the small civil groups campaigning for a "no" vote.

Many Hungarians expressed their worries about accession by staying away. But the result was valid, so the Prime Minister is now authorised to sign the accession treaty next week in Athens, and Hungary will join the union in May next year.

Nick Thorpe, BBC, Budapest
 
 
Listen Listen to the words
 
in favour
 
in support
 
turnout
 
the turnout in an election or referendum is the number of people who vote in it
 
eligible voters
 
people allowed to vote
 
resounding
 
very great, definite
 
put a brave face on
 
if you put a brave face on a difficult situation, you pretend that the situation is better than it really is
 
rival
 
alternative, competing
 
advanced
 
If you advance an explanation for something you give reasons for it
 
campaign
 
a set of activities planned to achieve something such as social or political change
 
one-sided
 
In a one-sided activity, one of the sides involved does much more or is much stronger than the other, and not all the facts are made clear
 
accession
 
membership
 
 
blue arrow Read more about this story
 
SEARCH IN LEARNING ENGLISH
   
 
 
 
 
LEARN IN YOUR LANGUAGE
 
 
 
 
Link to Chinese English language teaching pagesLink to Arabic English language teaching pagesLink to Russian English language teaching pagesLink to Spanish English language teaching pages
A space gif
A grey bar A grey bar A grey bar