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September 21, 2018
Rachel Epstein is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and academic co-director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between the economy and security outcomes, international organizations and domestic compliance, the politics of finance, states in transition and civil-military relations. Epstein’s current research focuses on the role of banks in the European debt and currency crises, the developmental prospects for the EU’s newest member states and the consequences of both for Europe’s integration project. Her current book project is called Banking on Markets: The Transformation of Bank-State Ties in Europe and Beyond. Epstein has also served as a Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute and as a Transatlantic Research Fellow there.
October 26, 2018
Are we witnessing a populist momentum (Zeitgeist) worldwide? In Europe, especially in the central European region, where former communist states have been successfully transformed to liberal democracies, we see the emergence of populist political forces as a significant tendency in the last decade. Hungary has received a special status in this process: the country has become the first member state of the European Union, where the national government led by Viktor Orbán started to deconstruct the constitutional order and the rule of law while representing a majoritarian concept of democracy and offering a new semi-authoritarian model to populist politicians across Europe. This lecture will examine the possibilities for European and Hungarian political elites and civil movements to block dangerous political entrepreneurs and (re)gain the support of their societies in a rapidly changing political and media environment.
István Hegedűs is the chairman of the Hungarian Europe Society, a Budapest-based NGO. His involvement in politics goes back to the very beginning of the Hungarian regime-change.