BOSTON - Coils of Polish sausages glisten on shop counters and vodka bottles line the shelves. In this corner of the English countryside, much of the chatter is in Latvian or Lithuanian. Welcome to Boston, the most Eastern European town in Britain. Census data shows that more than a tenth of the residents of this sleepy outpost in rural Lincolnshire, in east England, are immigrants from the ten ex-communistcountries that joined the European Union in the 2000s. With its streets dotted by Polish cafes and Baltic food shops, Boston is almost unrecognisable from the town which listed 249 Germans as its biggest foreign population at the time of Britain's census in 2001. But now Britain is expecting a second wave of immigration from Eastern Europe next year - this time from Bulgaria and Romania, as the EU lifts restrictions on their 29 million citizens' access to the bloc's labour markets. There are few who view this prospect with more trepidation than the English residents of Boston, … [Read more...] about Britain braces for fresh Eastern European immigration wave
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More and more eastern European doctors are heading west as government economic austerity measures eat into their pay and conditions deteriorate, leaving behind understaffed health systems in crisis. From Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, growing numbers of physicians, surgeons, anaesthetists and other specialists are packing up for countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden. "There are no prospects for me in Hungary," said surgeon Csaba Andok, who is in his fifties. "I am leaving for Germany where my work is appreciated," he told AFP. Last year 1,111 physicians applied to the Hungarian government for a certificate allowing them to work abroad, up 25 percent from 2009, according to the ministry of national resources. This may represent just a fraction of the country's 30,000 practising doctors but, in a worrying trend for the future, it involves many of the 800 new graduates a year. "Discontent is widespread among doctors, primarily due to deteriorating salary conditions," Andok said. … [Read more...] about Frustrated Eastern European doctors head west
Nhan Dan Online - The 2013 acclaimed Toyota Classics Concert is scheduled to take place at the Hanoi Opera House on November 5 with a spotlight on Eastern European rhythms. The feature will be presented through the fresh and exquisite performance of the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, one of the top Czech orchestras, internationally renowned Spanish trumpeter Manuel Blanco and the orchestra of longtime Canadian maestro Charles Olivieri-Munroe. The artists, coming from different countries but sharing the common language of music, promise to regale Hanoi audiences with a well-balanced evening of music, easy to understand by listeners of all levels. Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on October 28, Czech Ambassador to Vietnam Martin Klepetko said that as Czech music is not commonly encountered in Vietnam, he is immensely grateful to Toyota for making it possible to give Vietnamese audiences a little glimpse of Czech's centuries-old music tradition. Sharing his thoughts … [Read more...] about Toyota Concert to bring Eastern European rhythms to Hanoi audiences
In mid-June, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) organised a business delegation that accompanied the Chairman of National Assembly on his official working visit to Hungary, Romani, Bulgaria and France. The Vietnam Business Forum had a talk with Mr Hoang Van Dung, standing vice president of VCCI, on the visit.   Do companies accompanying the Chairman of National Assembly has potential in business cooperation with partners those four countries? The business delegation had 48 companies mainly operating in oil and gas, mining, steel, transportation, tourism, service, construction, real estate, urban infrastructure, agricultural products, foods, garment and textile, and handicraft. Vietnamese companies can expand cooperation in these traditional and potential fields with partners in the visited countries. During the visit, VCCI coordinated with National Assembly offices, embassies and chambers of commerce in the four visited countries to organise four … [Read more...] about Business Potential in Eastern Europe
The crisis-hit European Union, Belarusian or Russian human rights activists, or a non-violent protest theorist whose ideas inspired the Arab Spring? Speculation ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement is rife. The Norwegian Nobel Committee that awards the prize had 231 individuals and organisations on its top-secret list, with the laureate to be revealed in Oslo at 11:00 am (0900 GMT). The field of possible winners has long appeared wide open, but by late Thursday, observers were circling around a few key picks, with Europe at the forefront of the speculation. … [Read more...] about Nobel Peace Prize to EU or Eastern European activists?