‘All the Red Lines Had Been Crossed’: CEA Talk with Finland Amb. Jari Vilén
In late March, the Hungarian parliament ratified Finland’s NATO membership, which led to joining it as a member a week later. At the time, some Hungarian officials “spent months telling counterparts that they had no objections, and their parliament was simply busy with other business,” as reported by Politico. “Budapest changed its narrative… with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán… arguing the point that some of his legislators had qualms regarding criticism of the state of Hungarian democracy.” While taking longer than perhaps hoped, the Hungarian parliament ultimately voted to ratify it by a margin of 182 to 6 on March 27.
Importance of Human Dignity Within an Often-Unjust World
The Sallux means “salt and light,” which can also be applied to the geopolitical sphere. “Sallux wants to spark a salted debate where needed and to shed light on the issues we face. Sallux presents solutions and will not stay on the safe side of the status quo. [It is] an association that acts as the political foundation for the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). Formerly known as Christian Political Foundation for Europe (CPFE), [it] supports and underpins the ECPM, especially in terms of political content by Pan-European cooperation and the introduction of analysis, ideas, and policy options,” as is written on its site.
Amb. Bonis: Sanctions are meant to cripple Russian aggression
CEA Talks host Zoltán Kész interviews the ambassador of the Netherlands to Hungary, Désirée Bonis. The topics include the two countries’ business, cultural and historical connections, and some politics. Ms Bonis talks about the NATO membership of Sweden and Finland and how she imagines the war ending. From the EU point of view, corruption is a big problem in Hungary, and populism is threatening democracy worldwide. But after all, the EU is still a unique society of liberty and freedom, which we should all be proud of.
The Farming Reform Europe May (not) Need
Author: Zoltán Kész Agriculture is an issue which is viewed very differently depending on which European country you look at it from. Whether it is the subsidies or the methods, it seems like there is no real understanding among all the EU member states. In this edition of the CEA Talks podcast, host Zoltán Kész […]
Vaclav Stetka: People are willing to support quality journalism
In a virtual conference organized by the Brussels-based Prosum Foundation, communication and media expert Vaclav Stetka discussed “infodemic”, the media dominance of digital giants and the pros and cons of a European public media. The event was hosted by István Teplán, president of Prosum Foundation. Host: István Teplán Online conference Most people get their information […]
European Strategic Authority in the wake of the US presidential election
Author: Balázs Sean BrandtEssay 2020 was undoubtedly a crazy year for world politics. But not just for politics, everyone was affected by the international trends and mechanisms one way or another. But even in our radically transformed quarantined life, there was something that brought people’s attention to one issue, a great political moment. Or rather, […]
How to defeat populism
Op-ed by Zoltán Kész Do you know what 500 years means? Can we actually comprehend how much time half a century is? Once, on a trip to Austria, I had the opportunity to visit an exceptional castle. The most amazing thing for me, besides the beautiful view, was when I learned that this gorgeous building […]
Is there a future for Hungary and Poland outside the EU?
CEA Talk Online conference “Is there a future for Hungary and Poland outside the EU?” – this was the central question at an online conference organized by the Budapest-based Civitas Institute. Leszek Balcerowicz, former chairman of the National Bank of Poland debated with Hungarian economist Péter Róna about present and future of the two EU […]