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About Martin Kovats
Martin Kovats is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, England. A political scientist, he has studied the development of Roma politics and policy for the last decade.
Articles by Martin Kovats
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Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.
En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.
Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?
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The post-cold war migration debate in Hungary has focused on the fate of ethnic Hungarians beyond its borders. Will the tensions in the Central European country between nation and state, ethnic identity and civic politics become more or less acute as Hungary moves towards European Union membership?
The arrival of Roma on the political stage is often heralded as a mark of enlightenment and social progress. But the search for Roma nationalism and political representation is better understood as part of the regressive empowerment of ethnic and nationalist cleavages as an organising principle in European politics. Rather than top-down leadership, the Roma need grassroots campaigning for equality with their fellow-citizens.