Transformation / Transit

Hungary’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: An Orchestrated Panic

Why is Hungary, the first communist country to dismantle the Iron Curtain, now busy building a fence in order to keep refugees out? The answer is: domestic politics.
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Towards Democracy and Competitive Economies: Divergent Pathways, Shifting Goals and Looming Reversals

Review essay on Philipp Ther’s book: Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent – eine Geschichte des neolilberalen Europa, Suhrkamp, Berlin 2014.

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The Fragility of Federalism: Aleš Debeljak in Interview with John Feffer

“It is nationalism that tore Yugoslavia apart, and it will be nationalism, albeit masked in economic terms, that may rip apart the Eurozone and the enlarged EU,” the Slovenian poet and cultural critic Ales Debeljak said in an interview in August 2013 in Vienna, where he was a Robort Bosch Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
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Should We Really Be Surprised by Where Viktor Orbán’s Hungary is Heading?

Viktor Orbán is a revolutionary and his is a revolution from above. He uses his totalitarian democracy as a means to transform the political, cultural, and social order of Hungary, says György Péteri.
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Students Take Bulgaria’s Protests to the Next Level. Can They Break the Political Stalemate?

Since late October, Bulgarian students, demanding the resignation of the government, have occupied and blockaded lecture halls at universities in Sofia and beyond. The students’ actions have come following more than four months of continuous anti-government demonstrations which were provoked by the cynicism of the country’s political class and its perceived endorsement of widespread state-sponsored corruption.
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The Twilight of the Post-Soviet Space

Dying Barbarians (Detail of the Grand Ludovisi sarcophagus, Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps, Rome)

The failure of the West after the fall of the Soviet Union was first indifference and then the inflation of our expectations beyond what was politically conceivable for the post-Soviet states, writes the American political adviser and analyst Bruce P. Jackson. What should be the objective of the West is an extended period of limited engagement with the most promising of the post-Soviet states taking place in areas of agreement: trade, security, conflict resolution. This could help to shape new states — possibly even European states — in the post-imperial twilight.
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Was hält Europa zusammen?

1. Die Europäische Union steht vor einer großen, vielleicht ihrer bisher größten Herausforderung. Zum einen erweitert sie sich, und zwar dramatisch: Mehr als 70 Millionen Menschen werden europäische Pässe bekommen. Zum anderen versucht sie, sich selbst – in einem Verfassungsbildungsprozess – radikal neu zu definieren, sich in eine neuartige politische Einheit zu verwandeln. Die Erweiterung …
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Polen: Die Radikalen an der Macht

Das politische Leben der letzten Jahre in Polen ist faszinierend und beunruhigend zugleich. Polen ist ein Staat, der stolz sein darf auf seine zahlreichen Erfolge, ein Staat, der eine besonders problembeladene Transformationsperiode hinter sich hat, in der Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft erfolgreich eingeführt wurden, ein Staat, der einen mehr als respektablen Platz in der internationalen Gemeinschaft …
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The Court and the Family:
Elite settlement and the transformation of the political system in Poland

Even compared to other socialist countries, the Polish path of transformation from one system to another was exceptional. Political scientific literature indicates that the kind of breakthrough initiated by the Round Table talks was the one based on negotiation and a settlement among the elites. The agreement we are talking about is of course the …
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Politika vyrovnávání s komunistickou minulostí
Česká zkušenost

English Version Obzvlášť by mě bavilo mapovat takové základní existenciální situace – nejen strachu z budoucnosti, strachu ze svobody, ale začíná to být strach z vlastní minulosti. Vaclav Havel (1991)[2] V jedné ze svých povídek píše Luis Borges o ptáku, jenž se vydal na cestu s očima upřenýma nazpět. Tato metafora se hodí pro středoevropské …
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