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Online-Teaching and Learning, and Virtual Conferences in the light of a Global Pandemic

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Since the lockdown was introduce in the UK in March 2020, some of the best scholars at the UK Universities and learned organisations like the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the academic association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) had organised several conferences and talks, mainly on different aspects of online teaching in the light of […]

Why alliance formation among opposition political parties is not a good idea?

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I am writing this piece in response to the Hungarian opposition political parties’ agreement to create a joint programme for government and stand single candidates against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Hungarian Civic Alliance party (Fidess) in all 106 electoral districts. The Hungarian opposition’s pledge to unite and form an anti-Orban block for the […]

Should you feel Optimistic or Gloomy about the Rule of Law in Poland in light of Presidential Run-Off

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Polish Presidential run-off will take place on the 12 of July, that is tomorrow,  between the incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who won the first round of the presidential election on the 28  of June, and Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, who is the Civic Platform (PO) candidate, finishing second.  The question is what will be the […]

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Linking non-compliance with the rule of law in the EU to the management of the EU budget

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On 20-21 February 2020, European Union heads of state met for a special European Council, dedicated to the EU long-term budget for 2021-2027.  It ended without a political agreement; soon, another summit will take place for further negotiations. Today I will not write about what why the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027) did not go through; […]

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Awkward partner is now out, the Rule of Law debate is here to stay

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Just as the UK government is making its final preparations for the fast-approaching Brexit Day, I am just wondering who is looking forward to the Transition Period, and all the drama that might follow it. My super cautious and alarmed older brother, who is a British Passport holder, has already made his final visit to […]

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Political power feels GOOD—Orban and Kaczynski will not risk losing the GRIP.

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When Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister and the leader of Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Alliance), lost the General Elections in 2002, his advisor of the time Jozsef Debreczeni said Orban had drawn one conclusion from this election result: “This democracy thing, where power can slip so quickly from you, was no good.” Despite gaining 13 […]

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New Beginnings in Turkey post-Istanbul Mayoral elections or Not

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I have not commented on Turkish politics for a while now for I thought not much is changing in Turkey since 2013, except there has been a constant and continuous democratic backsliding and the reign of the Justice and Development Party for almost two decades. What today’s Istanbul Mayoral election result represents is a critical […]

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#EP2019—Brexit Delay and the Suspension of Fidesz (II)

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Nine weeks away from the European Parliament elections, Brexit and the suspension of Fidesz from the European People’ Party has been worthwhile developments to pay attention to in the context of the EP elections campaigns. The evening of the 20th of March and the following day have been critical moments for both the British and […]

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#EP2019—Insights from Hungary and Poland (I)

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When I was an active party member and an elected Local Councillor until 2014, the European Parliament election campaign period was something I looked forward to, since it had given me the opportunity to knock on many people’ doors and see how they would be casting their votes at the elections.  Now with all the uncertainties […]

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Voluntary, Alleged and Forced Exoduses–Brexit, Polexit and CEU-exit

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Since I last blogged about how the EU’s Rule of Law Framework works and why Article 7 have been triggered against Poland and Hungary, a long list political developments took place both in Hungary and in Poland, as well as in the UK; some are positive and some are negative, but then this is relative […]

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