25-10-2003

With the enlargement of the European Union, the continent's political, economic and cultural borders are once again shifting. Temporarily divided after World War II, the 're-unification' of east and Western Europe is now almost complete. In this week's program we'll discuss the ethnic identities of Central Europe and ask are they finding a new voice in the new Europe?

The second in our series? Bridging Central Europe' takes us to one of the most prominent symbols of modern Budapest - the Elisabeth Bridge or 'Erzsebet hid'. The bridge was named after the wife of the Austro- Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph, who declared it open just 100 years ago in 1903. But 41 years later the bridge lay in ruins - blown up by retreating German troops. It's re-opening in 1964 symbolised for many Hungarians the overcoming of the destructions of the war.

The Czech-born former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has was in Prague this week to launch the Czech translation of her memoirs "Madam Secretary". Born Marie Korbelova in Prague in 1937, Madeleine Albright was forced to flee her native country twice, first from the Nazis, then from the Communists. But deep down, how Czech does she really feel...

For more information visit the ICE website http://www.incentraleurope.com.