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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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 COVID-19 triggered Open and Relaxed times in Hungary (II)

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In my last blog, I have introduced Gourevitch’s (1986) description of critical juncture to analyse the COVID-19 crisis as a critical juncture in breaking the routine and the normality, which the large part of the World was enjoying since the WWII.  While Gourevitch (1986) argues critical junctures are ‘open moments’ where political actors make ‘system […]

Lending a helping hand or finger-pointing at the migrants and refugees in COVID-19 triggered ‘open moments’ (I)

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My original plan was to write about Polish Presidential elections today, expected to take place in May 2020, despite the calls for its cancellation after the outbreak of the pandemic: COVID-19. The acceleration of the spread of coronavirus, however, have succeeded in drifting my attention to the refugees and migrants.  Particularly their survival in the […]

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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When one door closes, another opens…

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On Monday, 10th Feb, I attended the UCL’s European Careers Event 2020. It was organised for graduates, particularly of the UCL and others. Since I am not an institutionalised academic, I do not have a piece of first-hand knowledge to what talks are taking places in the European Studies Departments across the country about the […]

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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‘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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