Invitation: "Hungarian Politics in 2015" - Book launch and panel discussion
We cordially invite you to the official book launch of “Hungarian Politics in 2015”, a joint annual review of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Policy Solutions.
This publication is a comprehensive overview of developments, events and trends in Hungary in 2015. It focuses on four broad areas. First, we review the year from the perspective of the Hungarian government, with a special emphasis on what impact the refugee crisis had on the position of Fidesz and PM Viktor Orbán both in the domestic and the international arena. Second, we look at the opposition parties, their state and prospects. Third, we focus on foreign relations, in particular the Orbán government's place in Europe, and its delicate balancing act between East and West. Fourth, we take a detailed look at how Fidesz's policies have shaped the economy and society in Hungary, and discuss the state of key public services, such as education and health. All of the sections conclude with a brief analysis of the issues which may come to the fore in 2016.
The outlook on 2016 will be the topic of the panel discussion which will follow the presentation of “Hungarian Politics in 2015”.
Date and time of the event: 21 January 2016 (Thursday), 10:00-12:00
Venue: Budapest Music Center, Library (1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.)
10:00 – 10:10 – Opening remarks
Jan Niklas Engels, Head of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Budapest office
10:10 – 10:30 – Presentation of “Hungarian Politics in 2015”
András Bíró-Nagy, Co-director, Policy Solutions
10:30 – 12:00 – Panel discussion: Outlook on politics, economy and society in Hungary in 2016
László Andor, economist, former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Zsolt Boda, political scientist, Researcher, Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Éva Palócz, economist, Director, Kopint-Tárki Institute
Balázs Gulyás, activist, organizer of the demonstrations against the internet tax
Moderator of the event: Edit Inotai
The official language of the conference is English.
Copies of “Hungarian Politics in 2015” will be available at the event.
Please register before 19 January 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions
Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in 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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