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Much Ado About Nothing? Legal and Political Schooling for the Hungarian Government

By on 29th April 2017

On 26 April the European Parliament held a debate on Hungary. In his opening remarks First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that the Commission shares the worries and concerns of many people within and outside the EU regarding recent developments in Hungary, and about the compatibility of certain actions of the Hungarian authorities with EU law […]

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Legally sophisticated authoritarians: the Hungarian Lex CEU

By on 1st April 2017

On 28 March the Hungarian government tabled an amendment to the Act on National Higher Education in Parliament. Even though the draft is formulated in normative terms, the only targeted institution is the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros, one of the main enemies of the Viktor Orbán’s ‘illiberal state’. Michael Ignatieff, former professor […]

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Events and Calls for Papers

The Citizen: Movie Screening and Q&A with the film director and the lead actress

By on 23rd March 2017

Our working group warmly recommends the GlobalCit and the EUI CineClub special event dedicated to the topic of citizenship. The event will consist in an aperitivo, the screening of the film The Citizen (by Roland Vranik, Hungary, 2016, 109 min)  and a Q&A with the film director and Arghavan Shekari, the lead actress. Tuesday, the […]

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Constitutional Court Decision on the Hungarian Government’s Constitutional Identity Defence

By on 11th January 2017

Ever since the 2010 parliamentary elections Hungary has set off on the journey to became an ‘illiberal’ member state of the EU, which does not comply with the shared values of rule of law and democracy, the ‘basic structure’ of Europe. The new government of Viktor Orbán from the very beginning has justified the non-compliance […]

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Lectures and Book Launches

Lecture: Populist Constitutionalism by Prof. Paul Blokker

By on 2nd November 2016

On Wednesday, 2nd of November, the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group at the European University Institute had the pleasure to organise a talk by Prof. Paul Blokker, Associate Professor/Jean Monnet Chair “European Political Sociology”, Faculty of Social Sciences/Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic. Prof. Blokker’s talk touched upon the notion of populist constitutionalism […]

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