Jonathan Knott » Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Hungary goes to the polls

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The Hungarian elections have dominated our work-life over the last days and weeks.  Before the elections we were visiting the parties and their candidates, talking about their plans and strategies.  I went to a series of pre-election rallies round the country to feel the flavour of the campaign.  Rallies organised by a range of parties, from stadium-fillers to meetings in village halls.  The issues varied from international relations to complaints … Read more »Hungary goes to the polls

Gadgets, Drones, Opportunities

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Guest blog by Dr. Péter Stauber, Hungarian Ministry of Interior’s Head of EU Cooperation Department, on his visit to the Security and Policing Conference in Farnborough, at the end of March 2014.   It was an idea from the British Embassy, which generated support among the leadership of my organization, namely the Ministry of Interior of Hungary. By a letter of H. E. Ambassador Knott in January, the opportunity was … Read more »Gadgets, Drones, Opportunities

Partners Tournament at Vác FC featuring GB United

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Guest Blog by John P. Marshall, Chairman of Vác FC – Founder at Aspire Group   Last Saturday, 29th March 2014, we witnessed GB United take to the field for a second time. Although on this occasion, taking part in an 8-team amateur tournament, held at Vác FC stadium for the inauguration of our brand new 4G AstroTurf pitch in association with the new official charity partner of Vác FC … Read more »Partners Tournament at Vác FC featuring GB United

IV. Human Rights Movie Day

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Guest blog by Marcell Lőrincz, Chairman of Subjective Values Foundation (Szubjektív Értékek Alapítvány) Every March since 2011 the British Embassy has been organizing a very important event called the “Human Rights Movie Day”. This time our NGO, the Subjective Values Foundation, was asked to help in the implementation – so we did our best. As we were cooperating so much in the “Music Against Racism” campaign before, it was obvious that … Read more »IV. Human Rights Movie Day

The GREAT Mega Mission in Budapest

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We brought the biggest business delegation to the region in living memory last week. Led by the Trade and Investment minister, Lord Livingston.  A total of some 65 British companies came to the region, 40 of which came on the Budapest leg. It took an immense amount of preparation by the team here (and by the teams in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia where the mission also touched down). And … Read more »The GREAT Mega Mission in Budapest

Reflections on 25 Years Service with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Guest blog by Technical Services Officer Matthew Smith  I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in late 1988 as an apprentice Telecommunications Technical Officer. With keen interests in travel and electronic engineering, this seemed the ideal job opportunity and the subsequent 25 years have not disappointed. The recruitment process had taken half a year and, amongst the more traditional techniques for determining suitability, had involved tests to see how … Read more »Reflections on 25 Years Service with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Van-e remény?

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A nemzetközi nőnap alkalmából L. Ritók Nóra, az Igazgyöngy Alapítvány alapítója osztja meg velünk érzéseit, gondolatait a társadalom peremén, szegénységben, hátrányos helyzetben élő roma nők, anyák, lányok helyzetéről. “Egyszer egy szociológus azt mondta, mikor nálunk, az Igazgyöngy Alapítványnál járt, hogy túl feminimek vagyunk. Akkor bosszantott ez a megjegyzése. Ma már tudom, hogy épp ezért boldogulunk könnyebben. Amikor elkezdtem a szegregátumban a munkát, ott, a cigánysoron, a gyerekekhez mentem. Elém szaladtak, örömmel, … Read more »Van-e remény?

Thoughts on Holocaust Remembrance

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Much has been written and said recently about the Hungarian government’s relationship with the local Jewish communities. I don’t want to address that here. Rather I wanted to offer some thoughts about Holocaust remembrance more generally. The UK took over the Chair of IHRA this week. That’s the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. IHRA is a 31 member international body, which seeks to ensure that the Holocaust is sensitively and appropriately commemorated, researched and taught. … Read more »Thoughts on Holocaust Remembrance

GB United – Videoton Friendly Football Match

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Guest Blog by Ben Luckock, Head of Policy Team at British Embassy Budapest Just over sixty years ago Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley. For England, the defeat led to a fundamental review of antiquated training and tactics and the adoption of more continental methods. Sir Bobby Robson said of the game: “We saw a style of play, a system of play that we had never seen before. None of … Read more »GB United – Videoton Friendly Football Match

Top 10 Public Diplomacy Achievements in 2013 at the British Embassy in Budapest

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1. GREAT Campaign: Innovation is GREAT, Formula 1 Grand Prix campaign As part of the Central Europe Network’s GREAT campaign, we organised a high profile programme for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The campaign comprised of bringing a vintage London double decker bus to the race circuit to serve as a special venue for business meetings. Ambassador Knott, together with British Ambassador to Warsaw Robin Barnett, Deputy Head of Mission Theresa Bubbear … Read more »Top 10 Public Diplomacy Achievements in 2013 at the British Embassy in Budapest