The Doctrine of Patriotism – Trump’s UN speech and its European implications

GERGELY BERZI, Director for Foreign Affairs

US President Donald Trump once again shook the international establishment with his straightforward and rebellious speech at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which he laid down the cornerstones of his patriotic approach to foreign policy.

The most significant political trends of the last six months in Hungary

GERDA MEGYERY, Research Fellow

In the April parliamentary elections, the governing Fidesz-KDNP coalition cemented its leading position by winning a third consecutive two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. By preserving its overwhelming political support, the government has created an opportunity to continue virtually unopposed.

Christian democracy in the 21st century

ZSÓFIA AGÁRDY, Senior International Analyst

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's annual speech at the Bálványos Summer University has long served as the most outspoken articulation of the Hungarian government’s political worldview.

Viktor Orbán's diplomatic offensive in July

PETRA HALKÓ, International Analyst

Hungary is often accused of exerting an isolating foreign policy on the international scene. However, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had no better way to count down to the well-deserved summer break on his Facebook page than by listing his meetings with the world’s most influential political leaders, which touched on the relevant burning issues of global politics.

The Hungarian 2019 budget has been accepted by Parliament

ISTVÁN POSGAY, Senior Research Fellow

The bill on the 2019 budget was submitted to the Hungarian Parliament by the Minister of Finance Mihály Varga on 13 June 2018, and the final vote was taken on 20 July, when it was accepted by Parliament. As Mr. Varga put it, this is the “safe growth” budget.

Factors influencing childbearing – The link between financial considerations in families and childbearing

ZITA BOKÁNYI, Senior Research Fellow
NIKOLETT SIMON, Research Fellow

The two most important factors affecting the demographics of Hungary are the low and declining birth rate and the aging population.

NATO Summit in Brussels: tangible results for Hungary

NORBERT ÁROK, Senior Research Fellow

There is no question that President Trump’s remarks to the European NATO allies caused a stir. Yet given the political climate surrounding the ongoing trade dispute between Europe and the US, the harsh language from the US President was justifiable from a tactical point of view.

Increasing demand for skilled workers

VIKTOR WURM, Research Fellow

At end of 2017 the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level (3.8 percent) in Hungary in the last decade. Meanwhile, GDP is growing at a 4.4 percent rate causing growing labor demand. Consequently, the shortage of skilled workforce is becoming a pressing matter for companies operating in a number of industries and services.

The question of a joint european military force

DÁNIEL FÓNYI, Defense and Security Policy Expert

During the Cold War, the Western European NATO members possessed significant military strength and devoted considerable resources to the armed forces in anticipation of a potential armed conflict with the Eastern Bloc.

The end of a bumpy road – The Italian government is formed

EDINA OSZTROVSZKY, International Analyst

More than two months after parliamentary elections in Italy, an Italian government has finally formed. But the road leading here hasn’t been easy.

June – The month of meetings

ZSÓFIA AGÁRDY, Senior International Analyst

HAJNALKA BENKÓ, International Analyst


At the recent European Council meeting of EU heads of state and government held on 28-29 June, it became clear that in recent years, as a result of the changes in the public mood regarding migration and the domestic political developments in the member states embracing hardline immigration policies, the pro-immigrant forces that emphasize European values and look at the problem of illegal migration solely from a humanitarian perspective are in retreat.

Merkel and Orbán meet in Berlin

EDINA OSZTROVSZKY, International Analyst

After a hiatus of more than three years, a formal bilateral meeting took place between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in early July.

What do Hungarians think about the EU? – Pro-EU, but strongly critical voices

ÁDÁM STEFKOVICS, Deputy Director for Polling and Market Research

The question of the future of the European Union has been quite a dividing topic in Europe recently. There is an increasing conflict between Brussels and several member states, especially when it comes to the question of integration and migration.