Balint Magyar: Development trajectories of post-communist regimes

Balint Magyar gave a speech at the conference in Jurmala, which is a part of our “Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe” project. Balint Magyar is a senior core fellow at Central European University, an author of the prominent book “Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary”. He summarized the main problems that scientist face analyzing the post-communist regimes, he presented an interpretative framework of post-communist regimes and existing topology and showed the development trajectories of these states.

Sean Hanley: 1989 is used and misused across the political spectrum

The demonstration against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is the largest protest since the fall of communism in 1989. We found the ideal person to talk about it. Sean Hanley is Senior Lecturer at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London. He is a political scientist specialising in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, democracy and parties in the Czech Republic, anti-establishment parties and movements. Why is the protest constructed around the symbols of 1989? Why is corruption such a sensitive issue in CEE? How can anti-establishment parties may make democracy role less functional today than it has been in the past?

Klara Geywitz: Is there Still a Wall Between West and East Germany?

Klara Geywitz gave a speech at the conference in Jurmala, which is a part of our “Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe” project. Klara Geywitz is an MP to the Landtag of Brandenburg and she raised the topic of disparities and inequalities between East and West Germany. How did they run the integration process of East Germany? What the results have been achieved after 30 years? And what do the results of the recent European Parliament elections show us?

Andrew Wilson: how will Zelensky survive in real life after basically a virtual campaign?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Brussels last week. This was the new president's first official visit abroad that demonstrates the priorities of his foreign policy. The political scientist Levko Orshynsky talked to Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies at SSEES, University College London, to find out what the elections mean for the EU and for EU-Russia relations and what challenges Zelensky might face after a virtual campaign.

Traveler's Notes: In the heart of EU

The winners of the contest of young European-minded experts for the best scientific and analytical article went to Brussels and now share their experience.

Epistolæ Obscurorum Virorum: A New Wave of Attacks on Academic Freedom in Europe

The essay begins with the latest developments related to academic freedom in Europe. First, the article describes the situation of the Central European University and the attempts of the European Parliament to draw attention to the general problem of academic freedom in the European Union and across the world. Then, the authors analyze the main world trends, after which they focus on the European context. Further, the essay draws attention to methodological problems in dealing with the measurement of academic freedom and formulates two main theoretical approaches. At the end, there are several recommendations about crucial points, which should be taken into account when addressing academic freedom

Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe

Major historical events that happened 30 years ago in 1989 to a large extent determined the way Europe looks today. It was the year when Mikhail Gorbachev started his political reform. Our new project will help to understand how that turned out and what lessons should be learnt for the future

Alexander Asmolov: A university that risks turning into a hypermarket is doomed

On the 21st of February in Blagosfera center Eugene Gontmakher, member of the European Dialogue Expert Group interviewed Alexander Asmolov, former deputy minister of education and head of Personality Psychology Department, Moscow State University. This is the sixth interview in the string of "From the European point of view" talks organized by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia. The next interview scheduled for March 21 will be with Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage State Museum

«Ukraine today. Key trends» issue #6

We are delighted to offer you the 6th issue of our "Ukraine today. Key trends" bulletin. This bulletin draws a line under Ukraine's performance in 2018. In this issue: how well do Ukrainian authorities, parties and elite groups fare in the election tests, what happens to the Ukrainian economy, how well many social reforms are progressing, including the decentralization reform, one of the most popular of all. We are closely watching Ukraine so in the end of the bulletin you will find some facts and figures, the results of the health-check that we performed on Ukraine

Liberalism. Theoretical foundation of the liberal world order

Another seminar from "XXI century liberal agenda" series of events took place. The seminar was organized by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Friedrich Naumann Foundation Russia. As usual it was a meeting between Russian and European experts who this time discussed crisis of liberal values in the context of international relations. Here are six key points of this two-hour discussion for your attention

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