Why Jobbik’s Electoral Victory is More than an Electoral Problem

by Joshua Dill, On April 16, 2015

If the mainstream parties want to halt or reverse this trend, they must recognize that Jobbik’s advance comes thanks to a counterculture that is far more powerful than the official institutions of the party itself.

The Political Ten Commandments of the Freedom Loving Man

by István Bibó, On April 4, 2015

He trusts in the power of communities, the decency of the majority of people and that with audacity and will this can come to reign public matters.

Pivoting without Principles: Hungary’s Foreign Policy Shift

by Vera Molnár, On March 20, 2015

Hungary’s so-called “eastern opening” is at best a miscalculated foreign policy tactic without much substance.

(Live Blog) Hungary’s Eastern Opening: Pivot to the East or Global Rebalancing?

by PaprikaPolitik, On March 10, 2015

The political, economic, and defence dimensions of Hungary’s “eastern opening”

Putin Rewrites History in Budapest

by Vera Molnár, On March 9, 2015

1956 was a revolution, crushed by the Soviet Army. Any other interpretation of this history is a lie.

Dresden’s PEGIDA Marches: What Do They Want?

by Joshua Dill, On February 27, 2015

The PEGIDA marches have ignited a raging debate that has gone far beyond the topic of the alleged “Islamization of the West” and has touched on German national identity, the lingering East-West divide in Germany, and relations with Russia.

SYRIZA: European Parties React

by Joshua Dill, On February 25, 2015

The new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now enters a complicated political context, one made increasingly turbulent by his own party’s confrontational positions in the realms of economics, geopolitics, and foreign policy.

Szólásszabadság és józan ész

by Marion Smith, On January 28, 2015

A Chatham House szabályt a nyílt és őszinte eszmecsere kibontakozásának érdekében használjuk, mert úgy gondoljuk, hogy az intelligens, civilizált párbeszéd és meggyőzőképesség egy szabad társadalom elengedhetetlen részét képezi.

What is Liberalism? And do we want it?

by Joshua Dill, On January 28, 2015

Without question, the ideas of liberty, justice, and rights are foundational to our modern understanding of politics. Defining them is so controversial because they are so important.

The Principles of Liberty vs. Dogmatic Liberalism

by Orsolya Ujj & Sandor Udvary, On January 27, 2015

The rule of law should ensure a safe setting for a healthy economy and a fair market where innovation can take wing.


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