30 years later

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?

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