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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is Co-Editor at openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

We are not your case study: weaving transnational solidarities across the semi-peripheries

As transnational activists navigating this intricate landscape we need self-criticism, paying careful attention to systems of exclusion we are not immune to. But we need criticism that is generative.

CEU and NGO crackdown: a double blow for Roma inclusion in Hungary

The university, its culture, and its location here in Budapest, are a vital component of the social and economic expansion of Roma in Europe. Few universities have made Roma empowerment so central to their mission as CEU have.

Hungarian public employees victimised for connections to the Central European University

Yanis Varoufakis talks here about the nodal systems of the 'deep establishment' that are closing in in Europe. This might be a good example.

Virtue-signalling as a route to social status: instances from the semi-periphery

Two Budapest-based activists give a vivid account of the ideological constraints they are working under, not helped by certain fashionable forms of ‘intersectionality’.

And you thought Trump was bad

European leaders have found their nemesis in Viktor Orbán, whose legislation closing down the Central European University constitutes an ethno-nationalist and authoritarian challenge to Europe's liberal order.

Sliding towards autocracy

A defining characteristic of this populist form of autocracy is the rejection of diversity and the attack on democratic institutions. Orbán is succeeding in both.

The Hungarian government's war on free speech

Why is the Hungarian government targeting the country's most prominent university?

The Orban regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

One 1941 law passed under the ultra-nationalist and Nazi collaborator Miklos Horthy banned all forms of sexual intercourse between Jews and Gentiles in the name of ethnic purity.

The mystery of ‘populism’ finally unveiled

The philosopher of post-Fascism enters the populism fray with his own candidate for post-truth – Left betrayal. Czech.

The geopolitics of Trumpology

A look at the curious emergence of pro-Trumpism among the far-right parties of Greece, Hungary and Estonia.

The crushing of independent press in Hungary

October 8, 2016 will go down in Hungarian history as the day when the ideals of the 1956 revolution (when Népszabadság was established) were finally betrayed by Hungary's autocratic government.

A Europe united against refugees

Hungary may have been first to literally wall off some of its frontiers, but its example has since been copied, by the French and the British. Francais.

Illiberalism and authoritarianism can be successfully challenged in Poland

This past week Poland's PiS government suffered its first blow since coming to power nearly a year ago. It was an optimistic note in a region where illiberalism authoritarian governments are on the rise. 

The long reach of Orbán’s referendum experiment

Orbán’s anti-Brussels rhetoric never contains any hint of Huxit; he would have too much to lose. But it affects the community of law that underpins the EU.

Central and eastern Europe as playground of a conservative avant-garde

Central and eastern European hard right parties have more rapid success than their western counterparts, due to these countries’ subjection to the worst effects of neoliberalism and financialisation.

Anti-Immigration Referendum Sunday in Hungary

Our first major interview on openDemocracy was on the ‘Post-Fascism’ thesis recently expounded by the Hungarian philosopher in the year 2000. Here, Tamás regretfully revisits concept and reality. LeftEast interview. Serbo-Croat.

The creeping cull of cultural diversity in Orbán's Hungary

As Viktor Orbán's Hungary faces its 2 October referendum on European migrant quotas, diverse opinion is being silenced through partisan cultural funding.

Putin’s opposition in Hungary

Activism and the retreat to digital niches actually increases the system-conformity of Orbán’s opposition, just as it does in Putin’s Russia.

"The majority of Hungarians are apathetic, indifferent, and devoid of hope." An interview with Gaspár M. Tamás

Jaroslav Fiala speaks to Gaspár M. Tamás about the brutality of capitalism, Orbán’s Hungary, and the failure of the European system.

Illiberal tangos in central and eastern Europe

Far right organisations may be considered drivers of change in Central and Eastern Europe; their impact being felt through the deeds of their mainstream contenders.

Reflections of a post-communist peasant

The situation in central and eastern Europe should serve as a warning against Brexit.

What does an anti-Semitic party look like in Europe today?

As Britain debates antisemitism and the left, support for populist right-wing parties using hardline anti-Semitic messages is growing across the continent. 

European walls of hate and fear

We do need borders – but these needn’t be barricades. Español

Youngsters and refugees, or how exile changes eastern Europe

Official anticommunism never contented itself with making an equation between fascism and communism. It gravitated toward depicting communism as an absolute evil, whose enemies became new role models.

Dispatch from the Balkans

It is guarantees of safe passage and access to asylum that are crucial, not border fortifications. We must respect the universal basic right to seek asylum.

Silence – the EU’s strategy for human rights abuses in its neighbourhood

Talk in Brussels among non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians is that the EU lacks a strategy to address human rights violations in the European neighbourhood. However, what if the EU has a strategy?

The illegal kitchen spoon: the story of the Let's Help the Refugees Together group

We only asked for shelter for a few hours while the worst storm raged, but no charity organizations or churches we contacted were willing to help — an important turning point.

The Polish boomerang: how Warsaw’s adoption of the 'Budapest Model' could threaten the original in Hungary

The new Polish government seems keen on following the authoritarian 'Budapest model' promulgated by illiberal democrat Viktor Orbán, but this could backfire on the Hungarian leader.

The refugee question in Europe: 'south' vs 'east'

The refugee crisis has triggered a diplomatic row between Greece and certain 'new' member-states from Central and Eastern Europe. What does this tell us?

The EU's nerve-wracking disconnect on surveillance

Each time an EU government is confronted with a threat to security, it nearly always plunges into knee-jerk reactions at the risk of undermining the very freedoms its officials claim to protect.

The ‘shadow play’ of Budapest

In the summer months, Europe starts to migrate. Tourist hordes invade the cities that used to be our home. What have become of our towns? When and how did they become virtual and unbearably cool?

“Do you agree?” Orbán’s dangerous waltz with the radical right

A sentiment shared by many Hungarians worried about the government’s xenophobic campaign is summarized by the poster that says,  “Sorry about our Prime Minister.”    

Orbán, Seehofer and the anti-immigration link

Why are the leaders of Hungary and Bavaria meeting up for talks in a German monastery?

The meaning of the refugee crisis

"One is reminded of the beautiful summer days of 1944, when tens of thousands of Jews were forcibly marched to their deaths through the streets of Budapest." Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian and Czech.

Right-Wing soft power, the refugee crisis and Europe’s failure

The fact that Syriza was crucified more often and with more intensity than Viktor Orbán speaks volumes in itself. It is just that most people do not want to listen.

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