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György Granasztói

GYÖRGY GRANASZTÓI (1938-2016) historian, former, Director of the Hungarian–French Atelier for the Humanities and of the doctoral school at ELTE BTK, and former Director General of the László Teleki Institute is a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister. He is a recipient of the Charles Simonyi scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His field of expertise is the history of humanities. Besides the history of the city and the history of population growth, he published essays about the transition to democracy. He is a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). Between 1990 and 1994, he was Ambassador for the Antall government to NATO and the European Union, as well as to the Belgian Monarchy (2007). He was elected to the French Légion d’honneur in 2009.


21 March 2018
"The writings published in Esprit seem to demonstrate that the most coherent part of the Hungarian internal opposition, the so-called “democratic opposition” enjoying strong international support, was actually not preparing for a radical turnaround. Nevertheless, despite these expectations, the regime change started in Hungary, and then, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the entire Communist bloc followed the same path. In addition to Esprit’s role, we might remember President Mitterrand’s official visit to the GDR shortly before its fall: Neither he nor other European leaders were prepared for the turn."
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11 July 2016
"The recent dispute in connection with the migration crisis has not been resolved yet. The question arises whether the crisis will deepen enough so that the conflict between the ideals of a globalised world and those of national sovereignty lead to the emergence of two Europes instead of the present dual one in an ever- deepening political conflict of interests."
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14 January 2016
"The killings in Paris in January and recently in November this year shocked us with another recognition by giving us to understand that the success and very essence of terrorism hinge on suicide. Nobody in our part of the world can comprehend this culture of death. We are at a loss to deal with such extremities of violence."
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14 March 2014
"It took no more than a handshake, and I was immediately captivated by that voice, powerful but warm and full of emotion rather than simply upbeat. Meeting Lukács is always an easy, no-frills affair..."
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14 January 2014
"The creation of a unified Europe itself was intended as a message for – and as an alternative to – those modern forms of tyranny: Fascist and Communist totalitarianism."
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14 May 2012
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The Reconstruction of the Political
15 September 2011
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