Goulash Corruption

by Joshua Dill, On July 9, 2015

Hungary has addressed concerns over corruption with new laws on public procurement, transparency, and competition, but the EU says progress has so far been “limited.”

Congressional Hearing on Hungary: Double Standard or Friendly Advice?

by Júlia Lakatos, On June 30, 2015

The concern over Hungary’s future direction is partly due to the increasing influence of Russia and the growth of nationalism, corruption, and authoritarian tendencies in the region.

Hungarian Minorities Abroad: A Discussion

by Michelle Adams, On June 23, 2015

Who is “Hungarian”? Is this primarily a cultural or legal identity?

On the Frontline of the Information War: An Interview with Liz Wahl

by PaprikaPolitik, On May 1, 2015

We can’t buy into this fallacy that the Russian media and the Kremlin wants us to believe – that there is no such thing as the truth.

Rage Against the Machine

by Joshua Dill, On May 1, 2015

The anti-system assault could be withstood if the European political establishment had a confident and coherent identity, program, and mission.

Siding with the Sick Man of Europe

by Botond Feledy, On April 21, 2015

Hungary, historically stuck between the East and the West, is once again missing the mark, as evidenced by the country’s weak foreign policy stance regarding the Ukraine crisis and the government’s recent cozying up to Russia.

Response to Hungarian Free Press’ Sloppy Online Attack

by PaprikaPolitik, On April 20, 2015

CSS members are generally a cheerful, respectful, well-educated, and well-dressed bunch. We’re not going to apologize for that.

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.


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