With a close election looming in Hungary, prime minister Viktor Orbán faces a tough challenge. Thomas Lorman discusses Hungary’s ambiguous loyalty to Ukraine and Orbán’s tightrope walk between Brussels and Moscow. Continue reading Hungarian election: for Viktor Orbán, Ukraine is close but the elections are closer
Rule of law expert R. Daniel Kelemen explains the ‘autocracy trap’ the EU finds itself in, and suggests a way out. Continue reading Curing the virus of autocracy in Europe: Q+A with Daniel Kelemen
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
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?
Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, discusses the current refugee crisis, and explores the politics of Hungary’s response to it. Hungarian political discourse has taken a dark turn as the refugee crisis has been enveloped with fear of a nation losing its identity. The current crisis that now dominates headlines has shown images of Syrian refugees quarantined within Hungarian train … Continue reading Politics, nation and identity in the midst of Hungary’s refugee crisis