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The International Eucharistic Congress and the Pope’s visit to Budapest

The Promise of Spiritual Renewal in the ‘Heart of Europe’ Between 5 and 12 September 2021, Budapest hosted the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress of the Catholic Church, a religious event held in an atmosphere of surprising freedom and enthusiasm between successive waves of the coronavirus pandemic. The congress simultaneously highlighted

Media Freedom in Hungary

A Nuanced Perspective In parts of the international press, there seems to be a widespread view that free media in Hungary under Viktor Orbán has been greatly reduced, and that the remnants are under immense political pressure. The truth is more complicated when we take in a full view of

AMERICA INTO THE WHIRLWIND

My earlier odyssey through America’s fruited plains ended with a prediction that the recent struggle between the country’s twin political hysterias of left and right was starting to trend in the right’s direction after a year in which the left had dominated the field. At the same time, the struggle

AMERICA AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES

America is often said to have taken a ‘holiday from history’ between the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the jihadist attacks on two symbols of American power—New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington—on 11 September 2001. President Clinton, who was the most powerful man

GYÖRGY MATOLCSY’S
MONETARY POLICIES IN THE 2010s

Overview of György Matolcsy’s Economic Balance and Growth 2010–2019: From the Last to the First SUMMARY Certain works exploring the cultural history of mankind describe the living, regenerative economic organization of a country as a sort of ‘botanical garden’. György Matolcsy, former minister of the economy and current governor of

HUNGARY AND IRELAND

Divergent Paths and the Sustainability of Representative Democracy in the EU As recently as a decade ago, Hungary and Ireland shared a broadly similar cultural domain. Both were (and are) small, open economies. Both had a predominantly Catholic culture, shaped by engagement with Europe extending back more than a millennium.

THE SCHUMAN DECLARATION: SEVENTY YEARS AGO AND TODAY

It was seventy years ago that the Schuman Declaration launched European integration, widely regarded as the most successful process in European history. At the same time, the story of integration was accompanied by challenges, dilemmas, and crises, which invariably necessitated reform. The basic challenges remain with us today. Examples include

AMERICA AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES

America is often said to have taken a ‘holiday from history’ between the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the jihadist attacks on two symbols of American power—New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington—on 11 September 2001. President Clinton, who was the most powerful man

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