Category: Current

THE VISEGRÁD COUNTRIES AND THE MIGRANTS

A New East–West Divide in Sight? Hosted by the King of Hungary, Caroberto of Anjou, in October 1335, the kings of Poland and Bohemia (today’s Czech lands), Kazimierz the Great and John of Luxemburg, met at the royal palace of Visegrád to coordinate their various policies. After the collapse of

ON TRIANON IN THE PRESENT TENSE

“No less importantly, our next-door neighbours—Slovaks, Ukrainians, Romanians, Serbians, Croatians, Slovenes, and Austrians—have shared a common fate with us here in the Central European region for a thousand years, even if Trianon made our experience of coexistence fraught with bitterness for a long time.” From the perspective of present-day Hungary,

THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

“… the Union has no other choice and it does not have any future unless it includes and cherishes the various histories, traditions, and identities of Europe’s constituent nations. Brexit shall stand as a reminder to all of us that ignoring such claims leads nowhere.” INTRODUCTION Europe is our cradle,

LETTER FROM AMERICA – THE 49 PER CENT NATION IN THE HOUR OF DECISION

“It is a contemporary political cliche that American politics is deeply polarised. Americans settled on their views of Mr Trump early. Those views are firmly held and to a degree not seen in decades cut across party lines. A major factor in Mr Trump’s 2016 victory was party switching by

HEAVY LIFTING FOR THE GERMAN EU PRESIDENCY

“The EU is attempting to put final touches on three mega-projects, all of a transformative nature. A carbon-neutral transformation of economy, the ‘Next Generation Fund’ (NGF) to deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis, and the introduction of a ‘Rule of Law’ (RoL) mechanism all have the potential

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S NEW PACT ON MIGRATION AND ASYLUM: CONFLICTS RELOADED?

“The European Commission (EC) has presented its new set of proposals to reform the European Union asylum and migration management system. The long-awaited package includes a number of EU legislative proposals, with the clear-cut intention to provide policy solutions that all member states can accept and support. Indeed, the proposals

HUNGARIAN FOREIGN POLICY AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS

“What is the trend and magnitude of the changes Hungarian foreign policy will be forced to implement as the world emerges from the coronavirus crisis? Are we going to be compelled to make any radical changes at all? Or is it rather the case that the pandemic merely amplifies already

THE RULE OF LAW DEBATE – CAN GERMANY GET HUNGARY OFF THE HOOK?

“‘Rule of Law’ has become the battle cry of our times in the arena of European politics. Accompanied by spectacular rhetorical theatrics of leading politicians whenever the media are around, the ‘RoL’, as it is often abbreviated, looks set to become the object of new EU rules aiming to discipline

THE COMISSION’S EU BUDGET PROPOSAL HAS BEEN OVERRULED

“The Eurozone was already in a fragile condition when the coronavirus pandemic struck, so at the instigation of France and Germany, a major €750 billion support and recovery fund was established by the EU to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic. €390 billion of this stimulus package, which is

LEGAL AND IDEOLOGICAL DILEMMAS REGARDING THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION

Ever since the Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, announced at a press conference towards the end of July 2020 that Poland wished to withdraw from the agreement commonly known as the Istanbul Convention, debates over the legitimacy of the document signed in the Turkish metropolis in 2011 have again