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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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Explanatory and commentary blog—the Article 7 of the TEU and the cases of Poland and Hungary

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Poland and Hungary are the main members of the Visegrad group. They have common cultural and political interests and have shown similar standpoints on the EU’s migrant relocation scheme or the burden sharing policy, but they starkly differ on whether to do business with Russia or America. In fact last week we witnessed that Hungary […]

Orban and Fidesz in the past two months

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It has been just over two months since Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary and the leader of Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Alliance), is back in power in Hungary. In these past two months Orban and his newly elected government’s policy proposals, such as the so-called ‘Stop-Soros’ bill has been under close scrutiny by the international […]

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Post-elections in Hungary— Fidesz, failed opposition and European Union!

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Just like I predicted it, Fidesz’s Viktor Orban recorded a landslide victory in last week’s elections, crushing the opposition political parties’ short-lived confidence. Winning 134 of the 199 seats, Orban guaranteed a super majority in the Hungarian parliament, which would allow him to make any constitutional change he sees necessary. Upon losing the elections, leaders […]

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Ahead of Hungarian General Elections—issues, pledges and campaign rhetoric (II)

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In my last blog entry of 1st March, I talked about the possibility of Hungarian opposition political parties’ uniting forces against Fidesz in this General elections of 8th April and have speculated if Fidesz would live up to its statement that it would not use ‘Soros’ in their election campaign.  So what happened in the past four […]

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Ahead of the General Elections in Hungary (I)

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Hungarians will be heading to the polling station on the 8th of April 2018, which is now in less than six weeks. They have a clear choice between keeping the status qua by voting for Viktor Orban’s Hungarian Civic Alliance Party or opting for a fresh start. An online survey (https://kozvelemenykutatok.hu) indicates that public support for […]

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The Case for Partnership with the EU

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When the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was interviewed in Rome early this week, he refused anything less then a full membership of the European Union. Although this is not the first time either Erdogan or his government’s officials are vociferously rejected a form of privileged partnership with the EU, I believe this is probably […]

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