Jobbik’s policy proposals realized by Fidesz: A summary in 10 points

In the last five years, we undoubtedly saw that Fidesz implemented several measures that were originally part of Jobbik’s program. There are several fields where the rhetoric of Fidesz and Jobbik, as well as the policies they propose, have converged.  These parallels are so extensive that it would be foolish to regard them as accidental.  Read more

May 15, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News

“I am Eurasian” – The Kremlin connections of the Hungarian far-right

There have been many signs of Kremlin’s increasing efforts to influence both decision-makers and the general public in the EU and member states. One of the political tools to exert such influence is through coopting certain far-right (and far-left) parties and organizations within the European Union. Russian influence of this kind is considered a major  Read more

April 15, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News

Jobbik won its first individual constituency – reasons and consequences

On April 12, the far-right Jobbik candidate won a by-election in the individual constituency of Tapolca. The election took place due to the death of former Fidesz MP Jenő Lasztovicza in early January 2015. The electorate dissatisfied with the performance of the government turns to the political side it considers capable of defeating Fidesz. On  Read more

April 14, 2015 in Analyses, Hungary, News, Press

Jobbik extended its influence in the municipalities

At the municipal election, Jobbik managed to hold on to the majority of its mayoral seats; except in one county, it is the second largest party in county general assemblies, 14 of its mayoral candidates won and in 10 municipalities independent candidates, enjoying the party’s support, came in first. After the closing of the polls,  Read more

October 13, 2014 in Analyses, Hungary, News

Seven statements about the nature of anti-Semitism in Hungary

In recent years there has been a rise in domestic and international public discourse regarding anti-Semitism in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary. However, the conversation includes simultaneously both banal understatements and hysterical overstatements, neither helpful. The analysis that follows lays out the facts about Hungarian anti-Semitism in help inform the discussion. Our statements are  Read more

August 7, 2014 in Analyses, Anti-Semitism research, Hungary, News, Research

The EU will survive

Key findings The strengthening of extremism is an important signal, but the EU-committed “mainstream” remains strong. If the notion of the crisis becomes stronger within the EU, the prediction of “Europe will fall” can fulfill itself. Since the Eurosceptic parties often admit their Russian commitment, it is an open secret that their larger proportion of  Read more

May 28, 2014 in Analyses, Europe, Hungary, News

Changing Enemies of the Western far-right: from Immigrants to Europe

The more successful populist, Euro-reject parties in the last few years have shifted their platform’s central pillar from anti-immigration in 2009’s EP election to anti-EU in 2014’s EP election. The essence of the shift can be summarized as immigration still being a dominant issue in the far-right parties’ 2014 EP-campaigns, but now as a part  Read more

May 21, 2014 in Analyses, Europe, News

Mutual benefits: Jobbik ‘s pro-Iranian policy

An analysis by Political Capital Institute on the relationship between Jobbik and Iran. While Jobbik politicians are keen to characterize others as representatives of “foreign interests”, in the past few years this suspicion has been leveled most vigorously precisely against this far-right party. In our previous analysis we were focusing on the Russian connections of  Read more

March 31, 2014 in Analyses, Hungary, News

The Conspiratorial Mindset in an Age of Transition

Conspiracy Theories in France, Hungary and Slovakia – Survey Results Executive summary Conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as a psychological problem that only affects a small minority – a subtler suspicion of political institutions and their power is far more pervasive. The current period of transition in Europe has resulted in increased uncertainty about  Read more

December 20, 2013 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News, Slovakia

Conspiracy ideas in Slovakia: state of affairs, shifts and contexts

As in each country, which is passing in its development through the major social changes, in Slovakia quite favorable environment exists for spreading various conspiracy ideas. Not all of them have a form of well-elaborated “theories” by which certain political forces interpret the surrounding reality and mobilize their supporters. Many remain just popular “people’s” stereotypes,  Read more

October 21, 2013 in Analyses, News, Research, Slovakia

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