It’s just after nine on an April morning when Péter Magyar gets out of the minibus. He wears jeans and white sneakers, his sunglasses are tucked into his dark blonde hair. He came to Kunagota, a town with 2,300 inhabitants in southeastern Hungary on the border with Romania. It is an idyllic area, the streets are lined with acacia trees and pheasants hide in the bushes. But the Hungarians here are now poorer than the Romanians who are now buying houses on this side of the border.

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