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

Keine Aufbruchstimmung in Russland mit dem neuen alten Präsidenten

Ein Klima gegenseitigen Misstrauens und ein Mangel an politischen Alternativen haben im März zur Wiederwahl Putins zum Präsidenten Russlands geführt. Massive Proteste gegen den offensichtlichen Wahlbetrug wurden zwar zugelassen, erlauben aber nicht den Schluss, dass unmittelbar Veränderungen im Land bevorstehen. Sascha Tamm, bis vor kurzem Projektleiter für Russland und Zentralasien, zog die Bilanz seiner Moskauer Zeit und wagte einen vorsichtigen Ausblick.
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Upcoming event: “Russia at a crossroads – Continued stagnation or new chances?”

Wednesday, 4 July 2012
12.00 – 14.00h

After spending the past four years as Prime Minister, the election victory in March gave Vladimir Putin a third presidential term. The election was held against a backdrop of popular discontent, sparked by allegations of widespread fraud during December’s parliamentary elections in favour of Putin’s United Russia party. The series of anti-Putin street protests after the parliamentary elections continued and grew violent with Putin’s inauguration approaching. On the political level the People’s Freedom Party and the Republican Party of Russia recently joined forces against Putin. Where is Russia heading? Sascha Tamm, Head of the foundation’s Moscow office, will talk about the current state of affairs in Putin’s Russia, the chances and problems of opposition movements and venture a political and economic outlook.

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