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Economic freedom for Ukraine

Ukraine needs economic growth, as it provides the resources for defence, social peace and reforms. The state's interference in the economy has been too strong and the increase of social obligations given the bad business climate has constrained business activity.

December 18, 2017 - Valerii Pekar

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

Are street protests back in Ukraine?

The recent protests in Ukraine demonstrate the authorities’ lack of vision and leadership. There is a high demand for mobilising and engaging projects, which could utilise the high social energy, but there is nothing on offer. Therefore political turbulence will continue.

November 28, 2017 - Valerii Pekar

When EU funds go awry

Corruption has always been an issue with cohesion funds, but Brexit and the looming reform of the EU could fundamentally change these mechanisms in the long term. In this episode, In Between Europe talk with Balázs Váradi, an economist and co-founder of the Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis, about the (obscure) funding mechanisms of the European Union, their use and abuse.

November 7, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

The Czech elections and European populism

The Czech elections have brought a number of smaller and bigger surprises over the weekend, including the comfortable victory of a billionaire businessman and the rise of anti-establishment parties. In this episode, In Between Europe talk to Michael Colborne, a Prague-based journalist, and Sean Hanley, a senior lecturer at University College London about the mood in Prague and the future of Czech democracy.

October 24, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

Modern Leaders: Breaking or making trans-Atlantic relations

Populism appears to be gaining traction on both sides of the Atlantic with some leaders seizing the opportunity. Who or what will defend our present values and political establishments to bring us back to where we were before we lost ground? What are the risks to the trans-Atlantic partnership? Does the rise of populism mean […]

October 4, 2017 - Adam Reichardt Tod Lindberg

What’s new in Visegrad?

In this episode In between Europe discuss the Visegrad Four cooperation, its past, present, and future with Wojciech Przybylski, the editor in chief of Visegrad Insight and chairman of Res Publica Nowa. The V4 group, which includes Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has received much attention since the European migration crisis broke out in 2015. This attention might have overshadowed the fact that Visegrad has often found it hard to stake out common positions and that its role, in the future multi-speed Europe, could be upended even more.

September 29, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

The numbers game in the age of information warfare

This episode of In Between Europe discusses propaganda, fake news, and numbers with a Prague-based journalist Michael Colborne.

August 14, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

Law and Justice in Poland (part II)

This is part II of In Between Europe’s talk with Christian Davies of the Guardian, explaining the recent changes to the judiciary in Poland.

June 17, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

Law and Justice in Poland

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.

June 11, 2017 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

Ukraine: The European frontier

Curated by Valerii Pekar, the blog offers regular analyses on the developments in Ukraine. Pekar, a former member of the National Reform Council and a co-founder of the Nova Kraina Civic Platform, provides an insider perspective on the ins and outs of Ukraine's politics, society and economy, as well as the effects of the ongoing war in Donbas and events in the annexed Crimea.

February 14, 2017 - Valerii Pekar

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