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From Post-Covid Europe to the Qatari Elections: Latest in RevDem

Read the latest publications by the Review of Democracy, our online journal.

The EU Confederal Regime Weakens Vulnerable Member States

Our Co-Director Laszlo Bruszt explains the inspiration behind the CEU Democracy Institute and RevDem, how East-West and North-South divisions define Europe, and why the EU confederal regime weakens vulnerable member states.

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Why We Shall Abolish Citizenship

Dimitry Kochenov in conversation with Michal Matlak explains why he believes citizenship is a “perpetuation of the ideas of aristocracy,” sexism, and racism; what can be done to fix this issue; and what motivated him to write “Citizenship”

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Three Narratives About the Qatari Elections

The op-ed by Mate Szalai considers the three key narratives that observers and analysts use when discussing the historic elections held in Qatar this October. The first and most traditional narrative highlights the elections as a vital milestone in the slow process of democratization, the second notes the importance of identity politics and voting rights, and the final and most pessimistic narrative opines that the elections were a PR stunt to help bolster Qatar’s public image.

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‘In the Name of the Family’: Conference Report on the Budapest Demographic Summit

This article discusses the Budapest Demographic Summit IV. The authors summarize and contextualize the content of the summit to argue that the conference not only provided an opportunity for its participants to address the ‘demographic crisis’ in Europe and the ‘family politics of conservative’ governments,’ but also amounted to an attempt to develop a transnational narrative for such self-declared conservatives that could unite political and ideological actors on various continents. The article also sheds light on the mobilization against the summit on the ground and on its coverage in Hungarian and international media.

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The Escalation of Poland’s Rule of Law Crisis

RevDem Editor Oliver Garner sits down with Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute Rule of Law Workgroup, and member of the Horizon 2020 RECONNECT Project. They discuss the current state of the rule of law crisis in Poland, the arduous relationship between the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, and the effects this has on other EU Member States and constitutional courts.

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European History via the Experience of Muslims

In conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczo, Emily Greble discusses what foregrounding Muslims’ agency implies for the writing of European history; what were key legacies of the Ottoman Empire and how Muslims became a distinct legal minority; in what ways they related to the major political movements of the twentieth century; and how focusing on their experiences can help us reconceptualize questions of secularism and citizenship.

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Unspoken Inequalities. The Problems of Men in Europe

Michal Gulczynski discusses the "polarization of young women and men [which] has been increasingly visible in polls and has been noted by public opinion. While young men form a large share of voters of such radical right parties as Konfederacja, AfD or Vox, young women tend to support center-left and left-wing parties."

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What After the Pandemic?

Katarzyna Krzyzanowska reviews Pandemonium by Luuk van Middelaar, “one of Europe’s most important intellectuals" according to Ben Judah. The book summarizes the crisis he deems as most important for the EU in decades: the COVID-19 pandemic..

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Brexit Negotiations Have Been Damaging for Both Sides

RevDem editor Michal Matlak interviewed Professor Julie Smith, Baroness of Newnham, who is a Liberal Democrat parliamentarian in the British House of Lords. They discuss referendums, the causes and outcomes of Brexit, how the negotiation strategies of both the EU and UK could have been improved, the likelihood of the UK returning to the EU in the future, and how the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated post-Brexit evaluations.

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The Hard Compromises Behind Academic Innovation

In conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Emily Levine (Stanford University) discusses key ideas in her new book Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University. The conversation addresses the rise of modern research universities and its alternatives, questions of meritocracy and democracy, academic freedom and hard compromises, the global exchange of ideas and academic innovation in the twenty-first century.

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Informal Power – Undermining Democracy Under the EU’s Radar in Hungary and Poland

In this article, Edit Zgut discusses how the governments in Hungary and Poland have been able to undermine democracy using informal power, namely political clientelism and media capture, while “flying beneath the radar” of EU’s mechanisms which are meant to prevent such deteriorations.

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The Instability of the Northern Ireland Protocol: A Present Threat to the Rule of Law?

On Thursday, November 11 the CEU Democracy Institute in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland to Hungary hosted the event “What Is the Future of Northern Ireland After Brexit (And Why Should Europe Care?)”. RevDem editor Oliver Garner reflected on the present threat to the Rule of Law arising from the fraught context of renegotiation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

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How Populists Change Parliaments

In their op-ed, Aleksandra Maatsch and Eric Miklin argue populist parties are both willing and able to weaken or even disempower representative institutions based off their findings from a recent research project which covered six EU member states.

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The Price of Optimism

In this wide-ranging conversation occasioned by the release of his The Dream of Europe. Travels in the Twenty-First Century, Geert Mak discusses why he chose to write a sequel to “In Europe. Travels Through the Twentieth Century”.

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An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy

RevDem published an open letter signed by "writers, academics, and political activists" from the United States of America, both Democrats and Republicans, who "agree on a fundamental point: We need to join together to defend liberal democracy."

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Democracy’s Least Appreciated Strength Is Its Ability to Reform Itself

In conversation with RevDem editor Robert Nemeth, Dean Starkman, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, talks about the Pandora Papers and how tax avoidance and secrecy endangers democracy.

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Marki-Zay Would Be a Never Trump Republican in America

In this conversation with Ferenc Laczo, Gabor Toka discusses the recent opposition primaries and ongoing political developments in Hungary. The conversation covers, among other things, the unexpected rise of Péter Marki-Zay and his character as a politician.

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Is It Still Possible To Win an Election in Hungary, if You’re Not Viktor Orban?

An interview with Zsolt Enyedi about developments in Church-State relations in Hungary, PM Orban’s vision of Christian Democracy, and about his book, Party System Closure: Party Alliances, Government Alternatives, and Democracy in Europe.

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Ideas of Freedom Across a Historical Rupture

Lea Ypi in conversation with Ferenc Laczo about her new memoir Free: Coming of Age at the End of History and how the people who populate its pages help her connect historical experiences with philosophical thought and more.

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History as Democracy

Through what perspectives can we examine history as a science that both contributes to and reflects on the concept of democracy? Bence Bari interviews László Kontler, research affiliate of our Democracy in History workgroup.

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