Friday 15 December 2017

Karen Coleman: Sinister path Hungary is taking should worry us all

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been criticised by the international community over measures that are seen as eroding civil liberties.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been criticised by the international community over measures that are seen as eroding civil liberties.

Karen Coleman

IMAGINE you're on your way home from a great break with your pals in Budapest. The craic was mighty, the spas were fantastic, the massages cleared a few knots, the shopping was terrific and the booze was a steal. So there you are at the airport, feeling all warm and fuzzy queuing for the flight home.

The only problem is ... you won't be going anywhere. There's a big sign at the check-in, saying all Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled because the airline has gone into bankruptcy protection.

That's pretty much what happened earlier this month in Dublin when travellers flying to Budapest arrived at the airport only to be told their flights had been cancelled because Hungary's national airline, Malev, had been put into bankruptcy protection.

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