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Hungary — Illiberal or non-liberal?

In this episode, In Between Europe review Paul Lendvai’s new book about Viktor Orbán. They also discuss the system that Orbán has built up since 2010 with András Lászlo Pap, a constitutional scholar and research chair at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

December 14, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics - Blogs and podcasts

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History minute: The agent-structure problem in democratic backsliding

In Between Europe is a podcast that discusses politics and current events in Central Europe, bringing you experts and a history minute for each episode. The show is hosted by Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics.

Zselyke Csaky is a senior researcher at Freedom House’s Nations in Transit publication. She regularly writes about Central Europe and issues related to human rights.

Gergely Romsics is a senior fellow with the Research Center for the Humanities–Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His interests include the study of ideologies and political theory in Central Europe. 

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  • David Stephenson

    “Liberalism” in eastern Europe – what does that mean? Well, Hard Right economics with the means of production and mass media securely in foreign or crony Liberal hands ensuring mass emigration and a collapse in the birth rate combined with an anti-nation state bent and a perverse fixation on producing films and documentaries that sought to blame the locals – not the beloved Germans – for the Holocaust. (That’s not to say some of it wasn’t true – but it was all one way propaganda). Oh – almost forgot – extreme child poverty too! Lovely.
    Jeez – what a political philosophy!
    I’m sure Paul Lendvai’s book is even-handed … given his once pro-Soviet stance.

  • Marta Burka

    Production and mass media are only under foreign control because the previous socialist (that is communists) government sold everything that was not nailed down and pocketed the money. Since the socialists (communists) have been voted out, the standard of living has improved. Unfortunately, even a great government could not fix centuries of bad governments in one minute. The birth rate in Hungary has been dropping steadily since the 20th century. It was mostly due to lack of housing and poor salaries. When this conservative government took over the national debt was over 80 percent of the GDP. Hungary was broke.

    The Holocaust, was the worst thing that happened, the loss of life and talent of the Hungarian citizens, can never be replaced. It is naive to think that Hungary had much to say about anything once it was occupied by Germans. The gestapo and the cooperating local population should never be forgiven for their crime. Hungary managed to keep its Jewish population in the country longer than Germany, France, Holland. Other countries such as the UK, US and Canada turned away the Jewish people even though they heard of the horror stories and what was happening to the Jewish population.

    Many EU countries have opened their borders to Muslim refugees, thereby putting the lives of their Jewish population at risk. It is not a great idea to open the borders to people who stated that Israel has no right to exist, nor the Jewish people.

    I am not sure what is in the book but I trust Mr. Orban to protect the its Jewish community and by keeping Muslims out is one step in the right direction.

  • “Hungary — Illiberal or non-liberal?”
    Irrelevant question. The important fact: Hungary is a democracy. The liberalism kills the democracy, kills the free speech! The “liberal democracy” is an anacronistic term. In Western Europe the liberal censorship goes on rampage!


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