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#1 Twilight of Liberal Democracy

Sunday 22 January 2017
From: Social Europe https://www.socialeurope.eu/2017/01/fourth-estate-twilight-liberal-democracy-part-one/ The Fourth Estate and The Twilight of Liberal Democracy, Part One by Stephen Pogány on 18 January 2017 78 Shares Share Tweet Share …...
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#2 A Tale of Two Europes

Tuesday 02 February 2016
  This article was published in Social Europe on 22 January 2016. See https://www.socialeurope.eu/2016/01/a-tale-of-two-europes/     Although West European policy makers have been slow to recognise the fact, the Iron Curtain was never the only…...
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#3 Refugees Multiculturalism and Hungary

Saturday 07 November 2015
  [This article was published in Social Europe on 2 November 2015]   Viktor Orbán, Refugees and the Real Threat to Europe   István Pogány Visiting Professor, Central European University, Budapest & Emeritus…...
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#4 Musicians and Ministers

Wednesday 02 September 2015
interesting concert at the Dohány Street synagogue a few days ago with the Budapest Klezmer Band. It's not every day that a Deputy State Secretary from the Prime Minister's Office is unable to deliver a speech due to noisy interruptions from the audience.…...
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#5 The Land of Conspiracy Theories

Monday 17 August 2015
The ‘season’ at Lake Balaton, is coming to an end. People say that after August 20,  which is St Stephen’s Day in Hungary, the weather unerringly changes for the worse. The hot, dry months of summer quickly give way to the chiller, rainier…...
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#6 Hurrah for the Bullingdon Club

Sunday 10 May 2015
I was spending a few days at Lake Balaton, enjoying the wonderful late spring weather and sampling the local wines, when I read the results of the British general election. Like so many others, I had come to believe that Labour stood a good chance of forming the next…...
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#7 Monkeys

Monday 04 May 2015
I was having a drink in my favourite bar in Budapest (well, maybe a couple of drinks), when I ran into Zoli (that's not his real name). We've known one another for a few years now and we've always been on the best of terms, despite the fact that we belong to very…...
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#8 The Rise of the Extreme Right

Friday 17 April 2015
I used to think that Fidesz represented the nadir of Hungarian politics. Since their re-election in 2010, Fidesz have succeeded in dismantling or subverting the fundamental institutions of a liberal democracy. The courts, particularly the once-powerful Constitutional…...
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#9 The L Word

Tuesday 14 October 2014
When I was growing up in the United Kingdom in ghe ‘60s and early ‘70s, the “L” word was extremely fashionable, particularly amongst the young. Most of us liked to think of ourselves as “liberals” in terms of our attitudes…...
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#10 Post-Election Blues

Monday 13 October 2014
The atmosphere at my local, in Budapest's XIIIth District, was rather subdued last night.  I should explain that, aside from two or three people whose continued presence there borders on the inexplicable -  virtually all of the regulars at my favourite bar…...
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#11 Hungarian Democracy RIP

Saturday 11 October 2014
In his seminal article on "The Rise of Illiberal Demoracy", published in Foreign Affairs in 1997, Fareed Zakaria argues eloquently and persuasively that democracy without the constraints of liberal constitutionalism - an effective system of checks and balances and the…...
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#12 Check out this blog...

Saturday 15 June 2013
One of my favourite blogs is written by an Englishman, Andy Hockley, who lives in Czikszereda (Miercurea Ciuc in Romanian), a small town in the Szekely region of western Romania. Most of the residents of Csikszereda, as of Harghita County in which the town is located,…...
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#13 Threat of severe flooding posed by the River Danube

Friday 07 June 2013
Today, Friday, 7th June, Népszabadság, is full of news about the threat of severe flooding posed by the River Danube. It is estimated that up to 55,000 people may have to be evacuated from their homes. Margaret Island, which lies in the heart of…...
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Twilight of Liberal Democracy

Sunday 22 January 2017
From: Social Europe https://www.socialeurope.eu/2017/01/fourth-estate-twilight-liberal-democracy-part-one/ The Fourth Estate and The Twilight of Liberal Democracy, Part One by Stephen Pogány on 18 January 2017 78 Shares Share Tweet Share …...

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