its 2 million inhabitants, 7 universities and 15 colleges, it's a true megalopolis. No question that there is also a real active AEGEE antenna, which was established not before October 1990. This Antenna has today about 275 members and is one of the best organized in Central Europe (Maybe even the very best). Only one year after the original presentation of AEGEE, which was organised from the EWWG, there was a real excellent Agora in the main building of the university of economics. We still like to remember this great event. Not very much more remains to say, maybe just that there are three brand new contacts in Hungary: Szombathley, Szeged and Baja, in which a Summer University is going to be organized this year. Thanks to Andrea, Zsuzsa, Otto and .... for sending us their faxes. page 11 ------------------------------------------------ Debrecen By Andrea Feld Debrecen is situated in the eastern part of Hungary. With a population of 214.000 , Debrecen is the second biggest town of the country. There are quite a lot of tourists attracted by the "Puszta" and the thermal baths in Debrecen. In the town we find the university of Agricultural Sciences, a College of Music, an academy of arts, the polytechnical institute and the Medecine College. The history of AEGEE Debrecen started in 1991. The antenna was established with the help of AEGEE Budapest. In October 1991 we successfully organized an EAST-WEST Academy. Just before the AGORA in Prague our "Wild East Weekend" took place. At the moment AEGEE Debrecen is formed by a small but very enthusiastic group of people which do their best to succeed. We have no real working groups only contact persons with the working groups at the European level: TEMPUS, East-West and Environmental WGs. We try to increase the number of members in the future and to establish Working Groups. Pecs by AEGEE Pecs Pécs is one of the most beautiful towns of Hungary. Lying at the foot of Mecsek mountains, with a 2000 year-old history and a Mediterranean climate. From the historical relics some ancient Turkish minarets and baths which were built during the 150 year Turkish occupation catch the visitor's eye. The mountains and a nearby lake invite for taking a rest or doing sports. The area of Pécs is famous for its vine which is worth to know in some cases !. At the JANKS PANNONIKS University you can study at different faculties such as economics, law, Art and other sciences. There are also a Medical University and a Technical College. The list of universities suggests you a vivid students' nightlife, too. Well though we are of a real students's entertaining centre, students can pick from numerous programs according to their preferences. And of course, there is the challenging choice of AEGEE. AEGEE Pécs was founded in 1991. So far, we have organized two Summer Universities/ a Russian language course and a course dealing with astronomy. Both were very successful and instructive for us. We also organized a colourful programme for our antennae-members, such as a week-end at Lake Balaton and one in Pécs. At the same time we encourage our members to participate in international events. Last year we managed to get a private office for AEGEE of which we are very proud. We have around 60 members from which unfortunately only 8-12 are active. Our biggest problems are usually how to involve others in cooperation and of course money. Now, we are busy looking for sponsors for our next Summer University. We organize it together with AEGEE Veszprém on the subject "The East European Changes after the Second World War" between August, 2nd. - 15th. DON'T MISS IT ! Also we started to pick up connections with the EWWG and theTempus WG.
page 12 ------------------------------------------------ Sheep and wolves - AEGEE in danger? A rainy day in Bonn, (still) the capital of Germany, in November 1990. Inside the town hall the Agora is rght in the middle of the action. After a fiery discussion a far reaching decision was taken: Contacts in the (still) communistic countries can become full antenna, with all rights and duties. Since that day we are witnessing an astonishing growth of AEGEE: Dozens of antennae were founded all over eastern Europe from the GDR to the Ural, from the Baltic states to Bulgaria. After so many years of separation students from the east and the west could, for the first time in history, come together and build up their own independent students association. This building up process is still continuing and hundreds of people are working with passion and much fun on it. Unfortunately in some cities in the east, but not only in the east, the idea of AEGEE was misunderstood. Certain people used the facilities, given by the association, to make business and money. Most of the members and even the representatives of AEGEE Europe didn't realize what was going on, and they only woke up, when the situation proved to be disastrous. As you can imagine, the facilities of the AEGEE-network can be used not only for making money, but also for the goals of political organisations, which are acting, for example, under the name of some liberal youth movement. This can happen at a local, regional or even at the European level. In any case this would be a catastrophe and in the worst case the whole organisation could degenerate to a just a mere tool in the somebody's hands. You don't believe that ? An exaggeration, just? So read our examples: In spring 1991, a letter, coming from Russia, from the firm INTERSERVICE, reached the Comité Directeur of AEGEE Europe. The letter read: "Dear..., ... we began to organize AEGEE in Ekaterinenburg. We ask you to help us in registration of our antenna in E. We can organize any travelling in the USSR. Thanks...., yours sincerely. A. Bogolmov." Now a presentation of the firm followed:" You have dealt with INTERSERVICE and know us well? Our firm was founded by the Ural ... Institute and the Union of Youth organisation. Our activities include: Inter work gangs organisation, ... to help you ... in working at the plants. Teams of specialists ..., jewellers, programmers... . Setting up tours in the USSR ... . 15-20% from the earning of the teams make up the income of our firm and their foreign partner." After half a year, two gentlemen, aged about 30, turned up at the Agora in Budapest. Without any objections, apparently even without any questions their firm was accepted immediately as Contact Antenna, the convention d'adhésion was signed, and they promised to organize a Summer University in August 1992. One of the participants of this SU, Carlo G. from Milano, was so kind to send us a report about this event. He wrote: "About AEGEE Ekaterinburg: It is quite difficult for a western European to give a reliable opinion about Russia. ... The board: ..., they didn't look like being to interested about the guests, except when there was some problem concerning money. ... They started to be terribly interested in us, as soon as they understood, that some of the western guests weren't willing to pay the fee, because they said ... it was too much. ... Apart from this, the only impression everybody had from the board was that of a group of people, sitting apart, ..., and giving orders to the other people of their antenna. ... It is quite possible, that most of the members moved altogether from the former COMSOMOL to AEGEE. ... The antenna gave the impression not to be self sufficient, but rather to rely upon unknown people hidden behind the board. ... The university staff, ..., has been very badly paid ... . Anyway the level of the lessons, in the class of architecture, ..., was quite good. ..., in fact my Russian experience was absolutely fantastic, ..., and I think to go back to Russia as soon as possible. I simply think that Russian reality is very different from ours. ... If I could give a suggestion, I would say that it can be safer to arrange the contact through university staff, rather than through normal students, because there is the risk to