Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When I was asked to write a piece about … Continue reading Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. Eva Hoffman, author and essayist, asks what drives people to leave, and what drives them back again? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Cross-national movements – as we are all too aware these days – come in different forms and categories, reflected in the various designations … Continue reading Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

Viktor Orbán, Refugees And The Threat To Europe

István Pogány, Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick, argues that the real threat to Europe does not come from an increasing number of migrants travelling into the continent, but rather from the anti-multiculturalism rhetoric of some of its political leaders, and in particular Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. As European leaders grapple with the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers, Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, … Continue reading Viktor Orbán, Refugees And The Threat To Europe

Has liberalism gone missing in East Central Europe, or has it always been absent?

The refugee crisis highlights that it is time to reassess the contribution of East Central Europe’s mainstream parties of ‘liberals’ who are better at winning elections than at being liberal. James Dawson and Seán Hanley, experts in Central and East European politics at UCL, investigate. Images from Hungary showing security forces turning tear gas and water cannon on refugees from behind a newly fortified border … Continue reading Has liberalism gone missing in East Central Europe, or has it always been absent?