Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’

The ‘rule of law crisis’, Europe’s most existential challenge

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Features

For all its travails in recent years, the European Union has generally been adept at responding to crisis. However, creeping authoritarianism in eastern Europe, and the EU’s subsequent inability to muster a coherent response, is posing a unique and threatening challenge to Brussels’ authority. Speaking at an event hosted by the School of Transnational Governance in January, Kim Lane Scheppele – the Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School – argued the contravention of the rule of law by aggressive governments in Hungary and Poland in particular are exposing an uncomfortable reality for the EU: it seems unable to discipline its own member states.

Thinking about Hungary in the time of Trump and Brexit

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

Bela Greskovits

RSCAS visiting scholar and Professor of International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest Béla Greskovits reflects on the robust performance of the populist Fidesz party in Hungary. He points out the cultural weaknesses of the liberal-left in countries such as the US, France, and the UK, indicating where illiberalism has found fertile ground to take root.

Refugee Crisis – A Hungarian Perspective

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

“The emergence of Mr Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian PM, as the ‘guardian’ of EU borders, organizer of Central European governments’ resistance against the unruly West European leaders, and as Hungary’s savior from the ‘uncontrollable flow of migrants’ is one of the strangest turns of events in the still unfolding drama.”