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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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Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


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?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The EU's Roma role

Roma communities are facing a hostile environment in numerous European states. The European Commission needs to strike a fine balance between promoting change and allowing states to tackle this situation themselves.

Hungary: between ethnic community and European state

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 politics of Roma identity: between nationalism and destitution

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.

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