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George Schöpflin

GEORGE SCHÖPFLIN (Budapest, 1939) graduated MA, LLB. from the University of Glasgow and pursued postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, awarded PhD (Tallinn). He worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the BBC before taking up university lecturing, at the London School of Economics and School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London (1976–2004), including latterly as Jean Monnet Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism. Professor Schöpflin was elected a Member of the European Parliament for Fidesz– Hungarian Civic Union, a member of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) (Christian Democrats) in 2004, re-elected in 2009 and in 2014. He served on Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, including as EPP coordinator.

15 May 2020
"This is a strange world we live in. For the overwhelming majority, the coronavirus and the future of the economy constitute the central problems of the day. There will always be exceptions, though this exception does not prove any rule whatsoever. If anything, this exception erodes the rules of logic and rationality. The reference in this connection is to the European liberal left, the Euroleft. We know that over the last decade Hungary has evolved into a key target for left-liberal disapproval, there is no real need to rehearse the reasons, they are well known."

14 March 2019
"In the last 30 years there has really been an extraordinary centralisation of administrative processes in the United Kingdom. Scotland is obviously separate politically rather than just administratively. Northern Ireland too, Wales to a lesser extent. There is a concentration of power, and with power prestige, in London."

19 November 2018
"The European Parliament has decided, Hungary has been referred to Council under Article 7 of the TEU and the left is celebrating. We can leave to one side the questions over the voting procedure, given that politically the weight of the voting is what counts. The joy unconfined on the left is understandable. After all, the left has long regarded Hungary as the seat of everything that it detests – it has devised a narrative that includes no rule of law, no judicial independence, no free media, no free anything really and presumably a nation of sheep who will vote for Fidesz because they are sheep. Quite some narrative. And those who contest it are automatically disregarded."

21 November 2014

29 March 2013

What Is Happening in Hungary Today?
19 December 2011

by BL Nonprofit Kft. It is an affiliate
of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle,
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