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About George Schöpflin

György Schöpflin is a member of the European parliament for Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Union). He was previously Jean Monnet professor of politics at University College London. His website is here

Articles by George Schöpflin

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How to understand Hungary

The portrayal of Hungary and its current government by the international media and external actors is one-sided and lacks context, says the academic and Fidesz member of the European parliament, György Schöpflin. The effects are felt within the country, and raise deeper questions about the European Union and its underlying values.

The dangerous politics of market radicalism

The crisis of 2008 is a consequence of the pervasive impact of market-driven ideology and policy on political, economic and social life across the globe. The profound consequences - being felt severely in countries such as Hungary - demand a wholesale rethinking of the role of the state in modern societies, says George Schöpflin.

Democracy and referenda: a rejoinder to Gisela Stuart

The experience of modern European history demonstrates the advantages of representative democracy and the ill effects of direct democracy as embodied in referenda, writes George Schöpflin.

The referendum: populism vs democracy

The idea of the referendum as an instrument of the people's will rests on pre-democratic foundations, says George Schöpflin.


The new Russia: a model state

Vladimir Putin's legacy to his successor as Russia's president is a form of authoritarian governance that is becoming a serious and active rival to democracy, says George Schöpflin.

Turkey’s crisis and the European Union

Turkey's election has produced a clear win for the ruling party. But the country remains in the grip of a crisis involving two competing definitions of its very identity, says George Schöpflin.

European Union: after the reform treaty

The new European accord achieves a workable compromise at the cost of avoiding the deeper issue of the union's democratic legitimacy, says George Schöpflin.

Russia's reinvented empire

The combination of energy power and political ambition is creating a new political reality in Moscow, says George Schöpflin.

The European Union's troubled birthday

The European Union is marking its half-century in celebration and self-doubt. It is a historic achievement, says George Schöpflin, but the EU now faces two great challenges: renewing its legitimacy, and facing globalisation.

Hungary's cold civil war

Hungary's 1956 anniversary season has been dominated by bitter polarisation. Unless imaginative steps are taken to restore political legitimacy, it could get even worse, says George Schöpflin.

Hungary: country without consequences

The political furore in Hungary over the prime minister's admission of lying to citizens is payback for problems unresolved after the communist era, says George Schöpflin.

Israel-Lebanon: a battle over modernity

The deep agenda of Israel's assault is to maintain the country's monopoly of modernity in the middle east. But its ending is inexorable and with it Israel's exceptional status in the region, says George Schöpflin.

Putin's anti-globalisation strategy

The Russian president’s political project can be understood as the creation of a new kind of postmodern state, argues George Schöpflin.
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