Jonathan Knott » Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

My identity – My freedom

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Romani Design Fashion Show on the International Roma Day Guest Blog by Szilvia Suri, President of the Hungarian Roma Press Center. Our vision in the Roma Press Center is that one day Hungarian Roma will be regarded equal, valuable members of our society, even though everyday struggles remind us that we still have a long way to go. This is why for this year’s International Roma Day we gathered to … Read more »My identity – My freedom

Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

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In 2015, England marks two major anniversaries. It will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed and 750 years since the formation of the first English parliament. Anyone who is interested in seeing the document that has been described as England’s greatest export need only visit the British Library, where not one but two copies are on display in a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Embodied in the Rule of Law … Read more »Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

Remember Crimea

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A year ago this week, the Kremlin helped stage an illegal and illegitimate “referendum” in Crimea that culminated in Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine, redrawing the map of Europe by force, and deepening the burgeoning crisis in east Ukraine.  The so-called referendum, hastily prepared in just two weeks, was a mockery of democracy. There were no independent, international monitors. Instead elite Russian troops – the “little green men”, as locals … Read more »Remember Crimea

Innovation and Competitiveness in the European Digital Single Market

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Guest blog by Dr. Zoltán Csedő, Member of the Board, Hungarian Association of British Alumni, and Managing Partner, Innotica Group The British Embassy in Budapest and the Hungarian Association of British Alumni launched a unique initiative two years ago: to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chevening Scholarship Fund, we engaged in reconnecting British alumni within Visegrad Four (V4) countries, encouraging them to share their knowledge for the benefit of society, … Read more »Innovation and Competitiveness in the European Digital Single Market

Ladies and… ladies

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Guest blog by Theresa Bubbear, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest. It’s not often that I have a good idea.  And when I heard myself suggesting a speed mentoring event to mark International Women’s Day this year I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or a crazy one. It was certainly in line with this year’s theme, which  was “women’s economic empowerment and supporting … Read more »Ladies and… ladies

Climate Driving Economic Growth? – The New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest

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Guest blog by Kriszti Kocsis, Senior Policy Officer (Energy, Climate and Environment) at the British Embassy in Budapest, organiser of the New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest. The New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest on 25 February was a joint project of the Association of Hungarian Economists and the British, German and French Embassies.  The event was unique in attracting a really exclusive line of speakers and in securing unusually high level of … Read more »Climate Driving Economic Growth? – The New Climate Economy Conference in Budapest

Celebrating Robert Burns

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Guest blog on the occasion of Burns Night (25 January), written by Deborah Moss, Organising Committee member of “Wee Burns”   It is a tribute to the poet, Robert Burns, that Scots have held Burns Suppers for over 250 years to remember a man whom many consider to be Scotland’s most famous son. According to the Johnnie Walker’s Burns Supper Companion, a “Burns Supper is a sincere celebration of poetic genius … Read more »Celebrating Robert Burns

Slavery: not a thing of the past

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Guest blog by Levente Nyitrai, Senior Foreign Policy, JHA and Human Rights Officer.   Today is International Human Rights Day, which is commemorated every year on 10 December since 1950. It is a good chance to reflect on the many human rights problems that remain across the globe. And also to consider what further action we can take to tackle them. The UK has been especially active this year in … Read more »Slavery: not a thing of the past

Là Naomh Aindrea!

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Guest blog by Douglas Arnott, Chairman of the Robert Burns International Foundation in Hungary.   Before you reach for a handy online dictionary, this is what Scots around the world celebrate each year on 30 November, St. Andrew’s Day! Named not surprisingly after the patron saint of Scotland, you may nevertheless be surprised to learn that St. Andrew has more than one country on his patronage bow, including several close to … Read more »Là Naomh Aindrea!

Turning Points – The twentieth century through 1914, 1939, 1989 and 2004. Contemporary art exhibition

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Guest blog by John Timberlake, exhibiting artist at the Turning Points exhibition opening on Friday, 14 November 2014 in the Hungarian National Gallery. Turning Points is a contemporary art project created together with British Council and other foreign cultural institutes operating in Hungary. Twenty-six artists from sixteen countries from Great Britain to Israel, from Spain to Japan present their analysis of history and the last century, awakening in us new, … Read more »Turning Points – The twentieth century through 1914, 1939, 1989 and 2004. Contemporary art exhibition