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Democracy in a Bad Constitution?
The Technocratic and Populist Challenges in Hungary and beyond

Presentation and Discussion

This event aimed at bringing back the debate about Hungary to factual analysis and balanced reasoning while also taking a look of regional and European implications. The main questions are: How could it happen that the once model transformation country has turned into the bogeyman of Europe? Can such an apparent break in the democratic development also threaten other countries? The panelists discussed the developments in Hungary since 1989 until today and tried to evaluate if there is a general tendency, especially in countries that cannot yet rely upon a long lasting democratic political culture, for democratic transformation to be derailed by a competition of technocratic and populist regimes. The event was organized by Gerald Häfner MEP in cooperation with Osteuropa (monthly journal for politics, society and culture in Eastern Europe, published by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, Berlin).

Veranstaltungsprogramm (PDF, 50 kB)