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Laurent Pech, Petra Bard: The Commission's Rule of Law Report and the EU Monitoring and Enforcement of Article 2 TEU Values

The European Commission “should be mindful of deliberate attempts to deceive” its Annual Rule of Law Report by those “engaged in the systemic dismantlement of checks and balances and their proxies,” our researchers Laurent Pech and Petra Bard write in their study requested by the European Parliament's LIBE and AFCO Committees.

Robert Nemeth (ed.): Hungarian Capital in Foreign Media: Three Strategic Models of Influencing the Neighborhood

In collaboration with our Center for Media, Data and Society, the International Press Institute (IPI) published a new report on the investment of Hungarian capital in foreign media and the implications for the spread of Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” model of media control.

Robert Nemeth, Marius Dragomir: The Debunking Effect – Recent and Upcoming Challenges for Fact-Checking Organizations

The booklet collects the articles written by Robert Nemeth and Marius Dragomir, who showcase fact-checking organizations and their modus operandi, and also look into their future.

Petra Bard: The Sanctity of Preliminary References

“A national supreme court must not declare a request for a preliminary ruling by a lower court unlawful on the ground that the referred questions are irrelevant and unnecessary for the original case,” our Research Affiliate, Petra Bard writes in her post on Verfassungsblog.

New Report: Media Influence Matrix: United Kingdom

At the end of one year of research, our Center for Media, Data and Society published the final Media Influence Matrix: United Kingdom report, a comprehensive and timely overview of the UK media landscape.

Renata Uitz: Commission v Poland (C-204/21 R): Pulverizing the Primacy of EU Law

“As a matter of law, sovereigntist aspirations advocated by the Polish government and its allies are hardly compatible with the primacy of EU,” our Research Affiliate Renata Uitz writes in her post published by the Brexit Institute at Dublin City University.

Fernando Casal Bertoa, Zsolt Enyedi: What Explains the Destabilization of the German Party System?

“The best kept secret of the 2021 German elections is that the ruling parties were re-elected,” Zsolt Enyedi, Lead Researcher of our De-/Re-Democratization workgroup and Fernando Casal Bertoa (University of Nottingham) write on LSE’s EUROPP blog.

Andras Sajo: Is the West Really That Different?

While it has become common to portray Poland and Hungary “as implementing distinct forms of illiberal democracy, they share more in common with ‘western’ democracies than is commonly recognized,” our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo writes in his post published by LSE’s EUROPP blog.

Judit Bayer, Petra Bard, Lina Vosyliute, Ngo Chun Luk: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) in the European Union

Upon the invitation of the European Commission, our Research Affiliate Petra Bard co-authored a comparative study including policy recommendations on the legal environment of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation in the EU.

Wolfgang Merkel: Candidates, Chancellors and Coalitions: Who Won the Elections?

“It was primarily a victory for Olaf Scholz and not for the SPD as a party,” our Senior Research Fellow, Wolfgang Merkel writes in his article published on The Progressive Post.