Blood libel in Poland

The blood libel has a long tradition on Polish soil. Being heavily influenced by the preaching of Saint Giovanni da Capestrano in the 15th century, many Polish Roman Catholics at the time perceived Jews as responsible for crimes against Christians. The popular cult of da Capestrano was closely aligned with his inquisitory views on Jews  Read more

September 6, 2012 in Analyses, English, News, Poland

Anders Breivik – psychopath or fascist? Polish press voices on the Norwegian mass killer

On July 22nd 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, a citizen of Norway, parked a car loaded with explosives outside the office of the Norwegian prime minister in Oslo and detonated it. Eight people were killed in the blast. Later on the same day, Breivik dressed up as a policeman, travelled to Utøya island and started shooting  Read more

August 15, 2012 in Analyses, English, News, Norway

Conspiracy Theories on the Rise in Europe

The International Monetary Fund fuelled the economic crisis in emerging Europe in 2009 to create a situation in which it would be asked to help bail out the region, and consequently elevate the IMF’s status and importance.  The ravings of a fringe blogger perhaps, an angry anti-globalization activist or far-right ideologist?  If only.  In fact,  Read more

July 26, 2012 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News


Anti-Semitism was an organic part of social and political development in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century, marked by inter-state conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions, social rebellions, revolutionary and reactionary movements. The significance of this malign phenomenon far exceeded the framework related to Jews as an ethnic or religious community.

July 20, 2012 in English, News, Slovakia

Warsaw in Budapest – Budapest in Warsaw

On March 15th 2012, the day of a Hungarian national holiday commemorating the beginning of the Spring of Nations, supporters of the ruling party Fidesz and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán organised a march in Budapest. The event would most probably have gone unnoticed in the Polish media, if not for the “Great Departure” [Polish  Read more

June 15, 2012 in English, Poland

Conspiracy theories and the support for discriminatory policies – is there a social base for an extreme right wing party in Poland?

During times of economic crisis, any given society has a proven tendency to show more openness to radicalism – a scenario which could well turn out to provide a perfect breeding ground for the development of radical right wing organizations. That is why the question whether a potential social base for such a movement exists  Read more

June 13, 2012 in English, Poland

Talk of split premature; Jobbik absorbs rivalries

Jobbik is not free from internal conflicts and local power struggles – so far that much can be said with certainty regarding the fact that the county chairman of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, MP Zsolt Endrésik, was removed from the post and then excluded from the party. But while the consequences of the case can undoubtedly damage Jobbik  Read more

May 12, 2012 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

Interview with Grigorij Meseznikov

How do you see the prospects of the radical right on the middle term, after SNS have fallen out of the parliament? Do they have the chance to get back to the parliament? There are three relevant outcomes of Slovak elections 2010: creation of majority government led by left populist Smer-SD party (this party became  Read more

May 3, 2012 in English, News, Slovakia

A map of social stereotypes in Poland.

Polish respondents perceive politicians, Roma and left-wing party supporters in a clearly negative manner. Such negatively stereotyped groups commonly evoke contempt and disgust – and become socially marginalized and excluded. There are also several groups in Poland that are objects of envy: Germans, Jews, feminists, wealthy people, and scholars. They are often seen as scapegoats  Read more

April 27, 2012 in English, News, Poland

Interview with Catherine Fieschi, the director of Counterpoint

Short introduction to Counterpoint Counterpoint is a research group that works on the cultural and social dynamics that underpin politics, economics and security.  Our research looks for the ‘hidden wiring’ of societies—the stories, the myths, relationships as well as formal and informal institutions that provide the context in which political and economic decisions are made.   Read more

April 4, 2012 in English, France

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