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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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‘Trick Or Treat?’ Trick: Let Us Not Forget That Boris Johnson Attempted To Prorogue the UK Parliament!

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Phew, what a couple of months. But wait, the political drama is to continue at home in Brexitland in the coming months. As I was writing this blog, the British MPs were debating the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal with the EU on the UK’s exit from the European Union. However, by the time […]

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The EU’s Troublemakers and the Question of Immigration in The Context Of An Online E-mail Interview Experience

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What This Blog Is Not About The refugee crisis and the EU’s mismanagement of it have been what I have following up on since 215. Particularly the EU-Turkey migration deal (March 2016) and Poland and Hungary’s position on the EU’s refugee quota system (2017) have been under my radar. Now that the Turkish side announced to […]

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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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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—Insights from Poland: the PiS vs the Coalition Europe (IV)

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As Poland is heading for a General Elections in the Autumn this year, both the governing and opposition political parties are treating the European Parliament election, that is only weeks away, as secondary to the General Elections. Yes, both sides are running a campaign to mobilise their activists and supporters to increase their share of […]

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#EP2019–Why May 2019 EP elections are most critical and what are the main issues? (III)

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The first European Parliament elections took place in 1979 when the European Union then was known as the European Community, consisted of only nine member states. The United Kingdom was one of the nine members; Hungary and Poland’s membership of the EU was unimaginable at the time. While the EP was recognised as a ‘talking […]

#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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