Albert Dénes: A tale of two Orbáns
In our continuous quest to serve you, dear reader, we are now going to help you avoid confusion or, worse, a grave mistake in the future.
Those not particularly knowledgeable about East-Central Europe have a penchant for making an all too common mistake: confusing the Hungarian capital Budapest with the Romanian capital Bucharest. While this is understandably annoying for both countries and nations, it also stands among the few things in which the two neighbors tend to wholeheartedly agree in their dislike.
And just possibly, the situation may get a lot worse. Following a government crisis there, a certain Romanian politician named Ludovic Orban is about to form a new government in Bucharest. If approved by parliament – the chances of which remain unclear – this would lead to a state of affairs where there would be a prime minister named Orban in Bucharest and yes, as you know another named Orbán in Budapest. What a difference an accent mark makes.