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Directors’ Cut Ep.5: New normals for a post-epidemic media freedom

The emergency situation that has hit nearly the entirety of the world – due to the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic – has had many clear and visible negative impacts to our societies: e.g. a crisis in the healthcare system, economic slowdown, loss of jobs, etc. However, there have also been downturns reported by activists in […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Orbán’s new move: fight a pandemic by undermining the rule of law?

Throughout history, pandemics have regularly resulted in an expansion of state powers; this is exactly what is happening now in one of the 27 member states of the European Union. Indeed, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán is taking advantage of the epidemic to strengthen his authoritarian control over the nation. While it is […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Procreation over immigration: what’s behind Hungarian free fertility treatment

On July 2019 the Hungarian government has launched its Family Protection Action Plan (FPAP) to boost demographic growth in the country, but this incentivisation is far from being what they claim. On February 2020 the Hungarian Government has taken control and nationalised several private fertility clinics in order to meet demands of the estimated 150.000 […]

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Governance and Multilateralism

The migration crisis: between sovereignty and history

Since its beginning in April 2015, after the tragic events in the Mediterranean, the European migrations crisis has been dividing the old continent on many levels. The actions taken by Brussels have included the strengthening of the presence in the sea “to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX”[1]and the fighting […]

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

Right-Wing Populism and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

by Pia Dittmar   Nowadays, the rise of populism in Europe is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored when it comes to analyzing contemporary politics. Scholars try to explain how populism emerges and search for common features in order to find a universal definition for this recent trend. Although some characteristics of populism might be […]

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European integration Special issues

Fifteen years of membership: the complexities of the EU’s eastward enlargement

The history of the European continent is a history of divisions and reunifications. In 1989 the fall of the Berlin Wall has reunified Europe after almost forty-five years. East Europe and West Europe, with the end of the Cold War divide, could finally get back what history stole from them. In 1990, the Czech President […]

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

“This Framework Decision shall not have the effect of modifying the obligation to respect fundamental rights”: limits to the execution of a EAW due to detention conditions in Hungary

by Enrico Pelosato* The issue of the relationship between the enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) mechanism[1] and the protection of fundamental rights got its momentum with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which led to the granting of the Treaty-like status to the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Charter)[2].  Nevertheless, the […]