It was no coincidence that the first Debates on Europe event took place in Budapest in 2012. Back then, Hungary had only been a member of the European Union for eight years but already started to steer away from its core values and principles. Today, almost a decade on, Hungarian “illiberal democracy” has developed into one of the biggest challenges facing the European integration project. As Debates on Europe revisit Budapest in an online series of talks, leading writers, experts and public intellectuals discuss current threats to academic and artistic freedom and how history has become an instrument for authoritarian political projects. What role does Hungary play for the future of Europe? And what is the EU’s role in Hungary?
CARL HENRIK FREDRIKSSON
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