‘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.
Humanitarian Aid & Commitment Serve as Antidotes to Russia’s War
In September 2022, seven months into Russia’s war in Ukraine, donations across the globe were already flooding in to help this proudly defiant nation. Daria Rybalchenko, executive director of the National Network for Local Philanthropy Development in Kyiv, needed to change course at the time by raising awareness, generating funds, and materializing effective tools to best assist her country. At 25, Rybalchenko now brings over five years of work in the private sector, having already overseen successful projects in this war-torn country that has earned universal admiration for its grit and determination.
The other way
On the same day as the Hungarian prime minister’s State of the Nation address, important international speeches were delivered as well. There is a stark contrast between Obán’s words, and the communication of other European leaders.
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.
Simonyi: Russians demanded elimination of Viktor Orbán in 1989
Hungary’s former ambassador to the NATO talks about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Hungarian approach to a war in the backyard, Viktor Orbán’s special relationship to Vladimir Putin, and how the Russians demanded the Hungarians to take him out in 1989. Host: Zoltán Kész Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken up the politics, economy and society […]
Poland’s Brave Response to Russia’s War
While Putin’s War on Ukraine has ravaged the entire continent with ramifications for world events for decades, many groups, citizens, and refugees in Poland continue to step up in a big way. Author: Jared Feldschreiber Ukrainians represent the biggest external community living in Poland. Ukraine House, based in the Muranów neighborhood of Warsaw, was formed as […]
Revolution of Dignity Begets Civil Institution Reform in Ukraine
Ukraine’s civil society remains of paramount importance in winning the hearts and minds of its citizens as well as establishing a sound rule of law system. These aspects will empower the Eastern European country to gain international credibility in its hopes to join the EU. Central European Affairs Magazine spoke to Oleksandra Matviychuk, head of the […]
Tomaszevski : Russia’s Kaliningrad Project Is Back
Energy analyst Robert Tomaszevski from Polityka Insight shares exclusive information on alleged plans surrounding the Baltic Nuclear Plant in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region. Polish media mogul Zygmunt Solorz-Żak and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán want to invest together in the construction of the Russian Rosatom’s nuclear plant, and have been persuading the Polish government for months […]
Amb. Fried: Lukashenko’s assault on the rules-based international order
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried explains how Belarusian “air piracy” means more than a simple hijacking and why democracies should believe in their values. He also talks about sanctions “not working until they do”, the long arm of authoritarian leaders reaching beyond their own borders, and why […]
Stulík: Putin’s arch enemy is NATO
David Stulík, a senior analyst at the European Values Center for Security Policy , was the latest guest of CEA Talk. He spoke about the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic, the major depot explosion in Vrbetice linked to Russia’s intelligence services, and why the entire case is a “pleasant surprise” for prime […]