The RMDSZ (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania) is the oldest and largest minority party in the country, since its democratic chapter was established after the fall of Communism, and aside from minor gains from smaller challengers, mostly in the homogeneously Hungarian Székelyföld or Szeklerland, it was able to consolidate its power among most Hungarian-speaking voters across Transylvania. Of course, this was never enough to ensure healthy political representation for these communities, because in ethnically mixed counties the key positions would normally go to Romanian politicians.


While Australia has spent much of 2020 establishing Iron Curtain border regimes, Europe’s bewildering and ever-changing internal travel rules have conjured up more the spirit of Franz Kafka.


Spare a thought for the UK’s embattled lamb producers. How long will it be, they are wondering, until they’re forced to wear facemasks, as insisted on by the British Medical Association, no matter how lonely or isolated their properties in the Welsh hills or Yorkshire Dales? And what will happen, they fret, with the third of their production currently exported to the ferociously protectionist EU if Britain finally leaves on 1 January without a trade deal, as is still possible? And, to add further to their woes, how much damage will the royal family’s sudden endorsement of evangelical vegetarianism do to what remains of their markets?