We, Hungarians generally consider ourselves a rather pessimistic people, but there is simply no denying that during the past couple of weeks we did have a taste of success.
- First and foremost: we posted our very first piece of news on the IGeLU2015 website! 🙂
- Five Nobel laureates (Sir Paul Nurse, Jules Hoffmann, Serge Haroche, Jean Tirole and Edvard Ingjald Moser) and Wolf Prize-winner Lovász László, the current President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, met Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, in defense of research funding; they are also to act in the future as “advisory panel” for the EC.
- Krasznahorkai László was awarded the Man International Booker Prize, after winning the Best Translated Book Award for two years in a row.
(If you are interested in contemporary literature, check out the Hungarian Literature Online site.)
- “Son of Saul,” Jeles Nemes László’s first film, won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival. The jury was presided by the Coen brothers and the award was presented by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (known for his role ‘Hannibal’, among others).
- Football (aka soccer): Hertha Berlin remains in Bundesliga (Germany’s top league), thanks to the efforts of acting head coach Dárdai Pál, who currently also fills the none-too-easy position of national coach for Hungary.
- We did not, however, distinguish ourselves at the Eurovision Song Contest, but there is really no shame in that, is there? 🙂
One of our countrymen, Mándoki László, however, did much better when in 1979, as a member of the German band called ‘Dschinghis Khan’ (performing the song with the same title), claimed the 4th place.
In 2009, he was approached by one of (if not _the_) most powerful women in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel to write a campaing song for her party.
Please note that neither his hair, nor his moustache has changed one bit during the past 30 years. 🙂
He received his musical training at IGeLU member institution Franz Liszt Academy of Music.