Hungary has been a free country since 1989 (after the end of communism).
But at this moment the country is living it´s “longest and darkest night”, according to the Hungarian president Mr Gyurcsany.
Thousends of people were protesting, dozens got wounded.
The reason: Mr Gyurcsany has lied to the Hungarian people. He won the elections on a platform of tax cuts, but has since proposed tax increases to deal with a huge budget deficit.
So now there is protest.
The newly elected French president Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged to reform France, make it more competitive and an important player again in the Global arena.
He will not succeed.
Why not? Because of two reasons.
The first is because, in France, Power is important. Power as in the form of Hierarchy (France scores 68 on the dimension “power distance or PDI”, of Hofstede’s model of cultural values). This factor shows in Mr. Sarkozy taking the center stage time and again, and wanting to stand in the lime light. Whilst his counterpart in Germany, Ms. Merkel, is by far more successful in reforming Germany, and giving the credit to her team (Germany scores a remarkably low score of 35 on this “power distance” dimension), and not herself.