Public Lecture

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

Viktor Orbán and the new Central Europe

With G. M. Tamás

Former member of the Hungarian Parliament

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Genève

The refugee crisis is but a symptom of the transformation of politics in many parts of the world, but particularly in Central Europe, where the advance of ethnicism and of xenophobia, the fragmentation of institutional structures, the outsourcing of constitutional power to semi-private entities, the growing impossibility of judicial review and the ever slimmer part played by parliaments and courts make it near-impossible for citizens to have a modicum of control over political society. All this is accompanied by various degrees of media control and by the growing dependence of private companies on the good will of the ruler.

tamas.jpg G. M. Tamás is a former member of the Hungarian Parliament, a former Director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, now a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest and a Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. His latest book is Kommunismus nach 1989 (2015).

Organised as part of the Institute's cooperation programme with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI).


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