November 22 2000
On Christmas day, Hungary marks the 1,000th anniversary of the day when Stephen,the country's king, accepted a crown sent by the pope and joined the western European family of Christian nations. Stephen's was a bold decision which did not prove universally popular.The process has its parallels in Hungary's attempts to join the European Union. For many of the moves along Hungary's painful 10-year march from communist one-party rule and central planning to democracy and the free market have been unpopular.
Overview Present path of change echoes past conversion
Landscape mired in controversy
Strong signs of progress
Industry Banking: Consolidation takes shape
Wine Indsutry: Vineyards fight to rebuild brands
Environment Not yet at the top of the state's agenda
Profiles Sacred object still stimulates lively debate
Salami maker wins market over
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European Performance Leage 2000