Hírek

István Hegedűs gave an interview to Klubrádió on 12 October 2018 discussing the chances of the European party families to give the next President of the European Commission. According to Hegedűs the European elections and the competition of the Spitzenkandidaten might change the European...
The article "Trying To Break Up. European Political Movements and the Hungarian Question" written by István Hegedűs was published in Élet és Irodalom on 5 October 2018.
István Hegedűs gave an interview to the program "Bánó and Bolgár" of the Budapest 13th district TV on 26 September 2018 about the political room of maneuver of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán after the approval of the Sargentini report in the European Parliament.
Kinga Szurday, as an expert of European law, participated at the event entitled „Political Action After the Two-third Vote in Strasbourg” organised by the Budai Liberális Klub on 24 September 2018. Ákos Hadházy, independent Member of the Hungarian Parliament, presented his initiative and the...

Rendezvények

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Hungarian Europe Society are pleased to invite you to: Turning the Tide of Populist Authoritarianism. Mobilizing a pro-European agenda in Central Europe. Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 16:30 - 18:00 Light refreshments will...
Fruzsina Albert, sociologist, Semmelweis University, made a presentation to members of the Hungarian Europe Society in Brussels on 4 October 2018.
On 26 June 2018 Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Martens Centre was the guest of the Hungarian Europe Society in Brussels.
Cas Mudde (University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs) made a presentation entitled "Populism in East and West" on 11 June 2018.

Nyilatkozatok

Declaration of the Hungarian Europe Society* on triggering Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union​   Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union claims: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” According to the viewpoint of the Hungarian Europe Society the main advantage of the EU membership is based on the guarantee that these values can prevail in Hungary too. On 12 September 2018 the European Parliament approved the Sargentini report with a vast majority – including the great mass of the representatives from the European People’s Party which Fidesz belongs to. The report states that as a consequence of the politics of the Orbán government in Hungary, there is a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values enshrined in Article 2. Thus Article 7 has been triggered to launch the procedure against the Orbán government. In the next phase the case will be discussed by the Council of the European Union which provides the Government with the opportunity to return to the politics of dialogue with its negotiating partners in the EU and also to create new political spaces that favours consensus. But if the situation remains unchanged, the Hungarian government will have to face the suspension of the exercise of its voting power in the EU decision-making processes and other sanctions. The Sargentini report consists of 12 sections and lists all those actions taken by the Fidesz-KDNP government since 2010 which resulted in the state today when there is a systemic risk of breaching EU values in Hungary. This situation not only is against the interests of Hungarians as EU citizens and does weaken their chances for future prosperity, but also undermines the cooperation based on mutual trust among EU member states. The catalogue of anomalies that are analysed in the report is ranging from the restriction of the independence of the jurisdiction and media authority to the lack of transparency in spending Hungarian and EU public funds, from the distortion of the electoral system to the inhumanity in refugee regulations, to the restriction of minority rights and right of association, to the impediment of freedom of religion and education and to the restriction of social rights. All these anomalies are proven by investigations of several international organizations and a long list of judicial decisions that have not been implemented by the government so far. The Hungarian Europe Society welcomes that EU institutions have substantially addressed the obstacles of the prevalence of the rule of law and further EU values in Hungary at last. HES is assured that this procedure can help Hungary to return from the path toward an autocratic regime similar to that of Putin as well as enable the EU to solve sever common problems in a meaningful and constructive atmosphere as soon as possible. We request the Orbán government to adjust its politics according to the Sargentini report without any delay in order to avoid sanction phase of Article 7 and the escalation of political conflicts in Hungary and in the EU.   13 September 2018   *This statement was approved by the Hungarian Europe Society with 27 members voted in favour. The statement does not necessarily reflect the opinion of all the members of HES.​   Please find the declaration in GERMAN HERE.
On 18 December 2017 135 Hungarian NGO-s, including HES, protested against the attacks on civil society by the local governments of Kaposvár, Miskolc and Pécs, which initiated the expulsion of civil organisations from their cities.  
Please find the latest declaration of the Hungarian Europe Soiety about the current legislation impacting NGOs in Hungary here (HU).
The Hungarian Europe Society, together with numerous NGO-s, protested in a statement against the stigmatising "Law on the Transparency of Foreign Funded Organisations" approved by the Hungarian Parliament on 13 June 2017.