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What is the significance of illiberal Viktor Orbán’s victory for Hungary? How will the results impact the institutional renewal in the EU? What changes can be expected in Hungary during the local governments elections later this year? This time we have voted more One year after the April 2018 national elections, the European elections were… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Following my first event building public health capacity in Hungary in October 2012, an event about trans-fats organised by the Hungarian Permanent representation, supported by us in Brussels in April 2016 and a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) focused visit to Hungary in October 2016, this time I am joining forces with the Hungarian Alliance… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Both Europe and Hungary were surprised one week ago by witnessing the third, landslide victory of Viktor Orbán, with unexpectedly high participation, resulting a consitutional supermajority. Were the elections fair and democratic? Is the Hungarian illiberalism democracy or dictatorship? What are the cornerstones of the Orbán regime? What about the weak opposition? What are the… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Brussels, 27th September 2017. – The Future of EU Finances has been taking shape in front of our eyes. After carefully listening to what was officially presented on behalf of the Commission about the Future of EU Finances, I tried to identify 6 guiding principles which I think will shape and shake the post 2020… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Genval, 14th April 2017 – Harassment of independent and critical NGOs, attempt to close the Central European University, mass anti-European campaign called ‘Let’s stop Brussels!’, violating Human Rights of Asylum seekers and antigypsyism resulting segregated education are the recent scandals in Hungary. If you look at them one-by-one and together, they can be considered as… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Genval, 2nd April 2017 – The latest plans of illiberal Hungary aiming to close the Central European University (CEU) can be explained in the context of 2018 general elections. As there is no potent opposition, the government desperately needs permanent war rhetoric & a popular public ennemy. Attacking science and research can however backfire. (source… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Genval, 4th April, 2016 – Yes, it would, because – strangely enough – this time the industry is asking for more regulation: public health and consumer protection NGOs are united with processed food industry giants on the ban of industrially produced trans fats. Since this is a strange alliance of organisations usually having conflicting (private… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been accused of increasingly dictatorial tendencies but he has never been accused of plotting the murder of blind mole rats. That all changed this week in the wake of strongman Orbán’s pushing on with plans for a 110 mile fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia. The fence, designed to… » read more

Hungary needs to transform its energy sector. But can the Energy Union kickstart such change? The vision presented by the European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič includes a few promising nuggets, but overall risks reinforcing the status quo. by Alexa Botár, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are… » read more

What is the best way of learning how to successfully manage your EU-funded research and innovation project? There are several companies on the European market providing training programs on managing EU-funded projects. Some of them are “innovators” and “early adopters” and some of them – let’s say – “are playing safe”. To describe Europa Media’s… » read more

What is the best way of learning how to successfully manage your EU-funded research and innovation project? There are several companies on the European market providing training programs on managing EU-funded projects. Some of them are “innovators” and “early adopters” and some of them – let’s say – “are playing safe”. To describe Europa Media’s… » read more

Half time review

Hungary is now in the depths of its presidential term. I decided to point out some of my reflections on the issue, but I would also ask you to do exactly the same by posting a comment. I wonder how Europeans judge the first-ever Hungarian EU-presidency. The everyday routine of the European (public) administration seems… » read more

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