Orbán’s Move Towards Putin 

For the seventh time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

 

Hungary’s national conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is one of the most vocal critics of Western sanctions against Russia. The relationship between the two countries has a strong economic foundation, especially in the form of a gas supply contract. On the 30th of October Hungary and Russia signed several agreements on social security, sport and the economy during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest. According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, the consultations with Moscow did not jeopardise Hungary’s loyalty to its NATO and EU partners. How is the EU dealing with these split tendencies? Continue reading

Culture War in Poland: PiS fights for “LGBT+-Free Zones” 

In Poland, the Church and the State are working together to create a hostile environment for the LGBT+ community.

 

Anyone who openly defines as gay, lesbian, bi- or transsexual, or rejects sexual or gender norms for other reasons (LGBT+) in 2019 Poland, needs some serious mental and sometimes even physical strength. Both the Catholic Church and the Polish state are working together to create a hostile environment for the community. The political campaign against the LGBT+ community is not only reminiscent of propaganda against migrants, but could also inspire right-wing radical forces in other European countries. 

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The small Orwellian world of Hungary 

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While the media is focused on the Kremlin’s “hybrid warfare” against the Western democracies or the Chinese social credit system controlling people’s everyday life through mass-surveillance, the illiberal state of Viktor Orbán is also doing its fair share to exercise information control over its citizens, the opposition and the few independent media and NGOs left in Hungary via new digital powers.

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Humanity at Risk: Global Threat Indicant 

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Terrorism has evolved and grown over the last decades whereas our understanding of this threat is still limited. This is why Mumbai based think tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) and Oxford’s Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) have made terrorism a priority of their research and advocacy activities. Together, they have built a database on the most relevant terror groups worldwide and formulated potential scenarios for the future.

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Die Krise der Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Polen

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Erzwungene Pensionierungen beim Obersten Gerichtshof, Verkürzung der Amtszeit der Gerichtspräsidentin und eine nächtliche Sitzung im Parlament, um die politische Nominierung neuer Richter zu beschleunigen: Die Regierungspartei Polens schreckt vor nichts zurück, um die Kontrolle über das Justizsystem zu übernehmen und dessen Unabhängigkeit zu untergraben. Die jüngsten Urteile des Europäischen Gerichtshofs (EuGH) zeigen deutlich, dass diese Maßnahmen nicht nur die polnischen Bürger, sondern auch den Kern der europäischen Integration betreffen können. In einem Gastbeitrag analysiert Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz diese Urteile.

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