Attitude radicals in Hungary – in international context

Looking at Europe as a whole, social demand for far-right ideas has not increased significantly in the wake of the current economic crisis in the past few years. In Southern and Western Europe demand for far-right ideologies shows a rising trend: in particular, prejudice has intensified dramatically in Switzerland, Belgium and Finland, and to a  Read more

February 29, 2012 in English, Hungary, News, Research

Digital Populism in Hungary: The Facebook fans of Jobbik

This paper is the first in a series of short briefing papers released in 2012 about the online support of populist political parties and street-based groups in Europe. These papers are based on a data set of 13,000 Facebook fans of these ‘nationalist populist’ parties in 12 European countries, which was first presented in the  Read more

January 30, 2012 in English, Hungary, News, Research

Populist Expectations (or the Dead Expert)

The economic and political turbulence of the past nine months is not a throwback to the 1930s, it’s a throwback to the 1530s—then, print capitalism shook the world to its core and brought modernity. Today, print capitalism is being replaced by digital finance. Expertise is out, populism is in. Can our institutions take it?

September 8, 2011 in Analyses, English, News, Norway

Norwegian Lessons – Revolting Cultures— elite behaviour, cultural conservatism and political violence

Beyond the first reactions of shock and horror – both of which deserve to linger somewhat before the next set of headlines captures our attention – the horrific events that took place in Norway last week have triggered an array of conversations regarding the killer’s motivations and his cited inspirations. These are legitimate questions–they are  Read more

August 1, 2011 in Analyses, English, News, Norway

Jobbik needs Jews to run the world

Conspiracy theories enjoy immense popularity. Virtually all communities (in Western and Eastern societies alike) have their own well-established ones. In the United States, for example, 75-80 per cent of the population believes that the official version of the Kennedy murder, the “lone killer” theory, does not fit the truth. Sixty-two per cent of Americans believe that the Bush government had prior knowledge of the September 11 terrorist attacks but deliberately kept quiet about it. A third of Brits are convinced the accident that killed Princess Diana was in fact an assassination. Almost 80 per cent of the populations of certain Muslim countries think that the governments of Israel and the United States carried out the September 11 attacks rather than a group of Arabs.

May 15, 2011 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

Multiculturalism in the Cross-Hairs

Key findings The debate on the social integration of the Muslim minority totalling 5 to 8 per cent of the population has risen to the highest political level in the large receiving countries in Europe. In the past months, Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy all talked about the “failure of multiculturalism,” while the  Read more

May 13, 2011 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

The second season of patrolling in Hungary

Far-right organisations closely resembling the banned, Jobbik-close Hungarian Guard (Véderő, Betyársereg, Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület) have been marching for weeks in Gyöngyöspata, Heves County in Hungary. On April 26, 2011 there was a violent confrontation between the guards and the Roma population resulting in four injuries. In response, the government promised police reinforcement and tighter regulations. On May 2 Parliament passed the government’s motion amending the Penal Code (with a four-fifth majority and rejected by Jobbik). With the bill the government hopes to facilitate action against uniformed organisations.

April 5, 2011 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

Anti-Semitism and Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories: A Joint Conference by Political Capital Institute and Central European University

The 2008 global financial crisis breathed new life into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories – a phenomenon that has deep roots in Western culture, but has been known to subside from time to time. Economic hardship has driven people to seek out a familiar scapegoat: It has given new teeth to classic political anti-Semitism, which builds upon old stereotypes, and has sharpened anti-Semitic speech, both coded and open. The theory that Jews are profiting from the economic crisis has gained widespread acceptance in Europe. Such ideas are even gaining traction in countries that have negligible Jewish populations, such as Italy and Spain. Research suggests that anti-Jewish sentiment has been strengthening in Hungary over the past few years.

December 22, 2010 in English, Events, News, Research

National and right-wing radicalism in the democracies: Slovakia

The collapse of the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia in 1989 created favourable conditions for implementing thorough systemic changes within the society – in political, social and economic areas as well as in the field of interethnic relations and the organization of government. The reintroduced model of pluralistic democracy along with practical implementation of fundamental  Read more

February 23, 2009 in Analyses, English, News, Slovakia

Prejudices and the Extreme Right in Hungary

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December 30, 2008 in Analyses, English, Hungary, News

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