September 3, 1989 |
Hundreds of East Germans poured into refugee camps in Hungary on Saturday, joining thousands of others waiting for an unprecedented exodus of East Bloc citizens to the West. More than 3,000 East Germans already were inside the camps in and near Budapest, awaiting passage to West Germany under an arrangement between Bonn and Communist Hungary. Authorities will not say when the transfer is to take place, although it is believed it will begin within days.
September 10, 1989 |
The young people lounging around a hillside near the shores of Lake Balaton, largest in Central Europe, seem at first glance like vacationers savoring their holiday before heading home to the workaday world. They are invariably young--teen-agers, parents with small children, hardly anyone over 30, strolling, sitting on blankets and taking sun baths, munching bratwurst washed down with beer.
August 9, 1989 |
From the moment she saw that supermarkets in this capital overflowed with food and that people didn't cringe automatically when police appeared, May Li began mulling the idea over in her mind. Li, who is afraid to disclose her real name or nationality for fear of reprisal, is an exchange student from a Communist country in the Far East. Here in socialist Hungary, she is learning technical skills desperately needed by her developing nation. But 30-year-old Li has other plans.
November 16, 1990 |
Eager to give refuge to capital fleeing Hong Kong, the Hungarian government is marketing Budapest as an ideal spot for a European Chinatown and offering passports in return for big investments. There has even been discussion of converting Csepel Island, in the Danube River just south of Budapest's center, into a free-trade zone to replace the British colony that will revert to China in 1997. IS IT ETHICAL?