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Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge
2017-06-01

Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest, CEU Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Policy Solutions and Political Capital cordially invite you to their joint conference, entitled: ‘Fighting Back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge’.

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Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues
2016-11-23

Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues

Although Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán is in the frontline of the fight against the current direction of the EU, the EU Parliamentarians of his Fidesz party share a more “European” view, as they still vote in line with the European People’s Party on symbolic issues – a new study conducted by VoteWatch and Policy Solutions highlights. Interesting case studies include Russia, in which, despite Viktor Orbán urge to end the punishment of Moscow, Fidesz MEPs still rejected a proposal that would have stopped sanctions against Russia.

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Invitation: Conference on the State of Populism in Hungary and the EU.
2016-11-15

Invitation: Conference on the State of Populism in Hungary and the EU.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions cordially invite you to their joint conference: ‘The State of Populism in the EU and Hungary in 2016’. The objective of our conference to forecast the political changes in Europe based on the trends of populism in 2016. We will also investigate the similarities and the differences between the Hungarian and the western European populism.

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New journal article: Central European MEPs as Agents of two Principals.
2016-11-01

New journal article: Central European MEPs as Agents of two Principals.

A new paper entitled "Central European MEPs as Agents of two Pincipals. Party cohesion in the European Parliament after Enlargement" has been published by András Bíró-Nagy in the European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities.

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PS-FEPS’ new Populism Tracker website was presented in Brussels
2016-10-03

PS-FEPS’ new Populism Tracker website was presented in Brussels

The Populism Tracker is a comprehensive website that aims at observing the trends of populism in all the Member States of the European Union. The website allows readers to track the popularity of all European populist parties on the Populism Map, analyse the trends with the help of the continuously updated Populism Graph, and read the studies, researches and analyses on populism published by Policy Solutions, FEPS and their partners.

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Invitation: „How are Populist Movements attracting Millennials and why?”
2016-09-22

Invitation: „How are Populist Movements attracting Millennials and why?”

Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) cordially invite you to their joint event, entitled: “Politics and Leadership: How are Populist Movements attracting Millennials and why?”

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Publication and conference: „The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe”
2016-07-25

Publication and conference: „The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe”

​An international conference was held by Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) on 2 June 2016 in Brussels on the political background of the refugee crisis. The purpose of this joint conference was to review how politicians and the society in central and eastern Europe have responded to the current refugee crisis.

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Analysis: Beware the Brexit 'tipping point'
2016-07-03

Analysis: Beware the Brexit 'tipping point'

Hungary’s populist right acknowledge the damage Brexit will cause. But Prime Minister Orbán should learn the lesson that flirting with Euroscepticism domestically is a dangerous game. The lessons are obvious: if a leader goes too far, it might not be enough to counterweight years of Euroscepticism with a few months of pro-European campaigning. The analysis of András Bíró-Nagy on what Brexit means to Hungary, for Policy Network.

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Publication: The Hungarian public and the European Union
2016-06-22

Publication: The Hungarian public and the European Union

The aim of Policy Solutions’ study – ‘The Hungarian public and the European Union’ – is to investigate how the Hungarian public opinion has changed about the European Union since 2010, in a period when the EU had to adapt to continuous crisis management, while at the same time domestic critical voices have also increased.

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Invitation: "The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe" conference
2016-05-23

Invitation: "The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe" conference

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Policy Solutions political research institute cordially invite you to our joint conference entitled: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe.

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Political values of the Millennial Generation in the Central and the Eastern European region
2016-05-20

Political values of the Millennial Generation in the Central and the Eastern European region

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Policy Solutions have published their joint study to present the regional results of the Millennial Dialogue international youth research.

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Conference: Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe
2016-03-23

Conference: Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe

The Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) cordially invite you to their joint conference, entitled ‘Political Attitudes of the Millennial Generation in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe'.

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Conference:The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region
2016-03-14

Conference:The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region

The Policy Solutions political research institute and the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament cordially invite you to our joint conference, entitled ‘The Russian presence in the European Energy Market - The Expansion of Paks NPP and other Russian Investments in the Region’.

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POSTPONED - Conference: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe
2016-03-10

POSTPONED - Conference: The Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Europe

Due to the attacks in Brussels and the terror level 4, “The political background of the refugee crisis” conference is postponed for a later date. We will keep you updated about the exact date.

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Conference:The Russian Presence in the European Energy Market
2016-01-29

Conference:The Russian Presence in the European Energy Market

Policy Solutions and the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament cordially invite you to their joint conference on the Russian presence in the European Energy Market. The objective of the event is to investigate and debate Russian energy investments in the EU and their overall impact.

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Populism and migration: Challenges for the left
2016-01-27

Populism and migration: Challenges for the left

European politics has become dominated both by new populist actors and the refugee crisis. If the left is to live up to these two challenges in the coming months and years, it needs to re-establish its capacity to set the political agenda away from questions of immigration and security. Tamás Boros' analysis in the Policy Network Observatory.

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Policy Solutions has arrived to Brussels!
2016-01-26

Policy Solutions has arrived to Brussels!

We are glad to inform you that Policy Solutions opened its office in Brussels in January 2016. From now on, we provide political researches, analyses and conferences for the experts, politicians and journalists working in the capital of the European Union. Our key research topics include populism, political extremism, European social democracy, and, of course, Hungarian politics. Our first events in Brussels will be held in February 2016.

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Policy Solutions became full member of the European FEPS Network
2015-09-21

Policy Solutions became full member of the European FEPS Network

We proudly announce that Policy Solutions has been approved as Hungarian member of the European Network of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). Consequently, Policy Solutions and FEPS are going to work together in numerous research programmes, especially in the fields of populism, European democracy and contemporary social democracy.

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Clash of Values: Political Background	of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary
2015-09-15

Clash of Values: Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

Tamás Boros' analysis on the political background of the Hungarian refugee crisis, published by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).

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THE FAR-RIGHT AND THE MAINSTREAM
2015-06-18

THE FAR-RIGHT AND THE MAINSTREAM

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Policy Solutions have jointly decided to hold a conference entitled ’The far-right and the mainstream’. The conference aims to provide an in-depth investigation of the interaction between the far-right and mainstream politics.

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International think tank meeting on inequalities and populism in the EU
2015-06-18

International think tank meeting on inequalities and populism in the EU

In following up on the success of our international think tank meeting on the state of the European left-wing parties last November, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Budapest and Policy Solutions organized a meeting on the subject of Inequalities in the European Union, which was held in Budapest on 10-11 June 2015.

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Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media
2015-04-20

Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media

Policy Solutions and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation have jointly decided to examine the presentation in selected major media of various foreign policy conflicts that have surfaced since autumn 2014, along with the domestic policy divisions they engender.

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Invitation: „The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts"
2015-04-11

Invitation: „The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts"

We would kindly like to invite you to a conference entitled The Hungarian Media and Foreign Policy Conflicts. The conference aims to review how the Hungarian media have handled the following issues over the past few months: the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the scandal surrounding the American ban on the entry of certain high level Hungarians officials and German criticisms about the state of Hungarian democracy.

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FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES
2014-12-03

FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES

From a Hungarian perspective, there seem to be two Germanies these days, which is somewhat ironic given that we are coming up on the 25th anniversary of the events that ended Germany's division.

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International Conference on Illiberal Democracies in Europe
2014-11-19

International Conference on Illiberal Democracies in Europe

We cordially invite you to our international conference entitled “Illiberal democracies in Europe”.The event will be held on the 28th of November 2014, and is organized by the Brussels-based Foundation for European Progressive Studies together with Táncsics Mihály Foundation. The event’s professional partner is Policy Solutions.

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Facing Political Extremism in Visegrad Countries
2014-09-18

Facing Political Extremism in Visegrad Countries

On 23rd July 2014 in Budapest, Policy Solutions and the European Values Think Tank (EV TT), a Prague-based public policy research institute, organized a National Seminar on political communication of integration of minorities, consisting of a roundtable discussion and public debate.

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Who are the New Critics of the European Union?
2014-07-21

Who are the New Critics of the European Union?

Even before the actual results were tallied, the 2014 elections to the European Parliament were regarded as unique by analysts on account of the anticipated Europe-wide rise in the strength of euro-sceptic and populist parties. The final results bore out analysts’ expectations.

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Gábor Győri: The EP election in Hungary - A contest without a second place
2014-07-04

Gábor Győri: The EP election in Hungary - A contest without a second place

The EP election in Hungary resulted in a clear victory for the governing party, Viktor Orbán's Fidesz. The national vote was characterised primarily by an internecine competition on the left and secondarily by a battle between the far-right and the left. The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) lost the former, but left-wing parties outperformed Jobbik.

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ELECTION HAS POTENTIAL TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE LEFT
2014-06-07

ELECTION HAS POTENTIAL TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE LEFT

The election is over and it has ended in a clear victory for the governing party, Fidesz. This was the first sentence of our analysis in April, and it is the first sentence again. Apart from that, the election was primarily an internecine competition on the left and a battle between the far-right and the left. MSZP loses the former and the left wins the latter.

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Policy Solutions' analysis: The left could win next year's EP elections
2013-09-17

Policy Solutions' analysis: The left could win next year's EP elections

At the 2014 elections to the European Parliament, the European Socialists could attain a relative majority of votes, thereby overtaking the conservative People's Party for the first time in two decades - thus a comprehensive analysis by the Hungarian political research institute Policy Solutions, which reviewed the state of public opinion in all 28 member states.

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An anti-European campaign in the making
2013-07-03

An anti-European campaign in the making

Fidesz has made no secret of its growing dislike of the European Union and especially its representatives. Viviane Reding is only the most recent high profile target in a long series of attacks on the EU and some of its leading politicians.

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Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels
2012-02-01

Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels

Almost a year to date of his last appearance in the European Parliament, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán faced his critics again in a heated plenary session.

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When the EU comes knocking
2011-12-12

When the EU comes knocking

We will probably never know for sure whether PM Viktor Orbán meant to say no to the agreement reached at the EU summit, but the major question for now is whether Orbán’s quick reversal heralds an actual willingness to enter into the fiscal union proposed by Germany and France.

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Europe - How its president sees it
2011-07-04

Europe - How its president sees it

A public opinion survey project conducted jointly by Policy Solutions and Medián shows that Hungary’s term at the helm of Europe had little effect on the popular perception of the EU. Though most citizens have heard about Hungary’s position as the rotating leader of the Union, they know little about the details of the presidency and (rightly) perceive that little has changed on account of Hungary having held this office.

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Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric
2011-06-06

Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric

Hungarian foreign policy manoeuvres between an occasionally aggressive rhetoric, an ambitious ideology and a more sober and less ambitious diplomatic reality. While Fidesz has rarely gone beyond rhetoric in challenging major countries and international institutions, the few acts it has done and its occasionally loose cannon rhetoric might cause the country some grief in the future.

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A schizophrenic presidency at halftime
2011-04-11

A schizophrenic presidency at halftime

The first half of Hungary’s time in the spotlight of EU politics has passed. It was marred by squabbles over the media law and the ongoing debate about the constitution – in other words domestic issues that ideally should not have dominated coverage about Hungary at a time when it seeks to influence the progress and direction of European public policy.

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Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg
2011-01-24

Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg

The prime minister’s appearance in Strasbourg to introduce the Hungarian rotating presidency of the European Union yielded mixed results. From the government’s perspective, it is likely that what we posit was the overall goal – i.e. appealing to the Fidesz base at home without causing a serious backlash in Strasbourg – was achieved.

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A stormy start for the new president
2011-01-10

A stormy start for the new president

For months critics of the government’s more drastic measures have predicted that Fidesz will draw fire from the EU.

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Popular attitudes towards the EU
2010-12-13

Popular attitudes towards the EU

Along with the public opinion research company Median, Policy Solutions took the opportunity to explore both, the public's view of the future Hungarian presidency and EU membership in general. While Hungarians may be slightly more sceptical towards the Union than a couple of years ago, overall they remain supportive of membership and optimistic about its possibilities.

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Tamas Boros: Options for the left in the time of populism

If there is a single political term which even those indifferent to public life have heard in the past year, it is populism. This paper analyses the possibilities of the European Left in the era of populism.

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The State of Populism in Europe (2016)

The State of Populism in Europe (2016) book surveys the popularity and influence of all populist parties in the EU’s 28 Member States.

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The State of Social Democratic Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

The study presents the apparent similarities and differences in the region through case studies and a comparison of social democratic parties in seven Central and Eastern European countries.

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Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues

The objective of the analysis conducted by VoteWatch and Policy Solutions was to reveal whether Hungarian political parties have the same positions on key issues in both Brussels and Budapest.

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András Bíró-Nagy: Central European MEPs as Agents of Two Principals. Party Cohesion in the European Parliament after Enlargement

This paper investigates the impact of Central European MEPs on party cohesion in the European Parliament.

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Populism Report: April-June 2016

The new analysis of Policy Solutions shows that in the second quarter of 2016 most of the populist parties in Europe still stand at the same level of support as in the previous quarter.

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In the Name of the People : The Performance of the Governing Populist Parties in Europe

Policy Solutions' analysis on the performance of the most popular populist parties in government

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András Bíró-Nagy: Central European MEPs and Their Roles. Behavioral Strategies in the European Parliament

This article helps to better understand the role orientations of the Central European Members of the European Parliament, the factors that influence their strategies, and the relationship between their roles and activities.

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Populism Report: January–April 2016

Policy Solutions' quarterly report of the current state of populist parties in Europe

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The Political Communication of the Refugee Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe

A study reviewing how politicians in central and eastern Europe have responded to the current refugee crisis.

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The Political Values of the Millennial Generation in the Central and Eastern European Region

The results of the Millennial Dialogue international youth research in regional comparison

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The State of Populism in Europe (2015)

The joint study of Policy Solutions and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) that analyses changes in the public support for all relevant European populist parties and the prevailing trends in European populism.

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Russian Presence in Key European Countries’ Energy Market

Analysis on Russian oil/gas/nuclear investment activities in key European countries' energy market

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Inequality and populism in the European Union

Data and their interpretation for the FES-Policy Solutions International Think Tank meeting

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Foreign Policy Conflicts in the Hungarian Media

Policy Solutions' analysis about the presentation of international events in the Hungarian press

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FOR HUNGARY, A TALE OF TWO GERMANIES

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, December 2014

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Tamás Boros: Rising euroscepticism and potential EU responses

In: Problems of Representative Democracy in Europe

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Stuck in second place forever?

An analysis and interpretation of the social democratic parties’ results in the 2014 EP election

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The European Centre-Left and the Public Mood

Analysis of the Eurobarometer data on European public mood

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MR. NAVRACSICS GOES TO BRUSSELS

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, September 2014

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Who are the New Critics of the European Union?

Euro-sceptism in the European Union and in Hungary - Analysis of the impact of the 2014 elections to the European Parliament

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The Rise of Euroskepticism and Possible Responses prior to the 2014 European Parliament Elections

Policy Solutions' study for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

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An anti-European campaign in the making

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, July, 2013

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Euroscepticism in Hungary

An executive summary of Policy Solutions’ study on Hungarian attitudes towards the European Union

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Slight renovations in the orbán machine

Hungarian Politics In-Depth,2012, Week 20

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Tactical Orbán soothes markets in Brussels

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2012, Week 4

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When the EU comes knocking

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 50

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Europe - How its president sees it

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 27

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Agressive foreign policy – only in rhetoric

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 23

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Klímafronton egységben a Fidesz, a Jobbik és az MSZP

A Policy Solutions elemzése a magyar EP-képviselők 2009. decemberi munkájáról

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A schizophrenic presidency at halftime

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, Week 15

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Fighting for Hungarian votes in Strasbourg

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, 2011, week 4

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Popular attitudes towards the EU

Hungarian Politics In-Depth, Week 50

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About Us

Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Brussels and Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research. 

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