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The Central European Affairs Talk podcast is delivered to you by Central European Affairs (CEA) digital magazine, publishing high-quality conversations that bring critical and innovative thinking to the fore and stimulate debate.Our podcast focuses on topics related to democracy, rule of law, human and digital rights, as well as culture and European integration in Central and Eastern Europe. CEA Talk is dedicated to informing and educating decision-makers, politicians, businessmen, scholars, researchers as well as interested persons from other professional areas. It features balanced treatment and a wide array of opinions from its debate partners.The main goal of the talks presented by CEA Talk is to provide in-depth knowledge of democratic actors and procedures as well as to promote critical and democratic thinking and behavior.

The Central European Affairs Talk podcast is delivered to you by Central European Affairs (CEA) digital magazine, publishing high-quality conversations that bring critical and innovative thinking to the fore and stimulate debate.Our podcast focuses on topics related to democracy, rule of law, human and digital rights, as well as culture and European integration in Central and Eastern Europe. CEA Talk is dedicated to informing and educating decision-makers, politicians, businessmen, scholars, researchers as well as interested persons from other professional areas. It features balanced treatment and a wide array of opinions from its debate partners.The main goal of the talks presented by CEA Talk is to provide in-depth knowledge of democratic actors and procedures as well as to promote critical and democratic thinking and behavior.

Location:

Hungary

Description:

The Central European Affairs Talk podcast is delivered to you by Central European Affairs (CEA) digital magazine, publishing high-quality conversations that bring critical and innovative thinking to the fore and stimulate debate.Our podcast focuses on topics related to democracy, rule of law, human and digital rights, as well as culture and European integration in Central and Eastern Europe. CEA Talk is dedicated to informing and educating decision-makers, politicians, businessmen, scholars, researchers as well as interested persons from other professional areas. It features balanced treatment and a wide array of opinions from its debate partners.The main goal of the talks presented by CEA Talk is to provide in-depth knowledge of democratic actors and procedures as well as to promote critical and democratic thinking and behavior.

Language:

English

Contact:

+36706310759


Episodes

Ligeti: Private foundations serve the goal to perpetuate PM Orbán’s personal leverage

6/21/2021
Miklós Ligeti, Legal Director of Transparency International Hungary, explains the legal scheme enabling the Hungarian government to channel billions of Euros to private foundations. He reveals the most important legal details and tells us why the move is tailor-made for Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s personal leverage and outreach – even if being ousted from the head of government’s position.

Duration:00:28:57

Civitas Poll: Sympathy Index of Foreign Politicians

6/9/2021
The latest Civitas Institute poll measured the sympathy index of foreign politicians in Hungary. The results give a great overview of the ideological differences between pro-government and opposition voters. The perception of some of the most important global political figures could not be more contrarian between Hungarians supporting Viktor Orbán’s government and those opposing it.

Duration:00:22:23

Amb. Fried: Lukashenko’s assault on the rules-based international system

5/30/2021
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried explains how Belarusian “air piracy” means more than a simple hijacking and why democracies should believe in their values. He also talks about sanctions “not working until they do”, the long arm of authoritarian leaders reaching beyond their own borders, and why Viktor Orbán is “no fool”.

Duration:00:37:07

Dzurinda: The EU needs to become a global power

5/21/2021
Slovakia’s former head of government Mikuláš Dzurinda delivers an answer to his Hungarian colleague Viktor Orbán, who recently suggested him the creation of a “new axis” in the EU. The President of the Wilfried Martens Centre also talks about the future of the V4 cooperation, the necessity of reforms on the EU level, and how Moscow and Beijing favor certain European Union EU member states.

Duration:00:21:52

Cullinane: Hungary is one of Biden’s major issues

5/3/2021
US-European relations expert Scott Cullinane shares his thoughts on the differences between the Trump and the Biden administrations, the new president’s first international trip leading to the Old Continent, and why Hungary is one of the major policy questions the current US administration will have to tackle in the coming years.

Duration:00:22:35

Benner: Angela Merkel is the weakest link on China

4/29/2021
Political scientist Thorsten Benner speaks about the EU-China investment deal, why EU-Chinese relations will have a discontinuation after the September election in Germany, how Aleksandar Vučić is used as a propaganda tool by Beijing and why hosting Fudan University in Budapest is one of the latest attacks by Viktor Orbán on academic freedom and democracy.

Duration:00:35:03

Stulík: Putin’s arch enemy is NATO

4/21/2021
David Stulík, a senior analyst at the European Values Center for Security Policy, spoke about the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic, the major depot explosion in Vrbetice linked to Russia’s intelligence services, and why the entire case is a “pleasant surprise” for prime minister Andrej Babiš. Host: Zoltán Kész

Duration:00:09:01

Unhack Democracy: “Make Ballot Counting Great Again”

4/19/2021
The Central European Magazine talked to the founders of the Belgium-based NGO Unhack Democracy. Zsófia Banuta and Garvan Walshe spoke about their report on anomalies surrounding the 2018 parliamentary elections in Hungary, how to improve the voting procedure and why to employ younger polling personnel.

Duration:00:22:30

Martin: Corruption performs better in Hungary

4/9/2021
Anti-corruption expert József Péter Martin talks about widespread corruption in Hungary, why the European Union could do more about breaching of rule of law in its member states, and how young people favor transparency and democracy.

Duration:00:23:55

Pichler: We need digital citizens

3/31/2021
Dietmar Pichler talks about the dangers of Internet 2.0, Donald Trump’s Twitter ban, how to combat disinformation, why deepfakes pose the next level of cyber danger and how to keep democracy alive in a manipulative digital space.

Duration:00:29:41

Faludy: Hungary needs a real conservative party

3/24/2021
Journalist Alexander Faludy talks about Europe’s post-Merkel era, where Fidesz is going after the exit from EPP, why he is worried by recent statements by Momentum leader Fekete-Győr and why Hungary urgently needs a conservative party.

Duration:00:18:04

Kelemen: Orbán can’t afford to let the opposition win

3/16/2021
Political scientist R. Daniel Kelemen explains how Orbán jumped from the EPP before being pushed out, and why he doubts the Hungarian prime minister would let the opposition win at next year’s parliamentary election. He also talks about what he would recommend President Biden regarding Hungary, and how EU politics could shift with Angela Merkel leaving the stage.

Duration:00:15:38

Bálint Magyar: The Orbán government is a criminal organization

3/5/2021
Bálint Magyar, former Hungarian Minister of Education, was the latest guest of the CEA Talks podcast series where he talked about illusions after the transition, categories of post-communist societies, and his most recent publication The Anatomy of Post-Communist Regimes.

Duration:00:21:56

Anita Posch: Bitcoin can eliminate corruption and retain privacy

2/28/2021
Cryptocurrency expert Anita Posch talked about different aspects of bitcoin, the blockchain technology revolutionizing the global financial system, the diminishing role of banks, how cryptocurrencies can help overcome Big Brother, and why every regulatory plan makes the crypto world stronger.

Duration:00:44:19

Martin Vlachynský: Next Generation EU is not a reaction to Covid

2/24/2021
Slovakian economic analyst Martin Vlachynský talked in the CEA Talk podcast about why Europeans should be concerned about the EU’s €750 billion coronavirus Recovery Plan, criticized the European Union for moving in a centralized direction and the V4 countries for seeing Brussels as a source of money.

Duration:00:16:30

Roland Freudenstein: Full EPP membership of Fidesz will not be reestablished

2/19/2021
Wilfried Martens Centre Policy Director Roland Freudenstein talked with CEA about the future of foundations, Viktor Orbán being a gambler, the biggest challenges facing the EU, why Europe would be in a vaccination war without the EU and why Fidesz will never reestablish full membership rights in the EPP. Host: Zoltán Kész Read our article here: https://centraleuropeanaffairs.com/2021/02/19/roland-freudenstein-full-epp-membership-of-fidesz-will-not-be-reestablished/

Duration:00:25:53

Vladan Lausevic: The era of struggle between digital democracy and digital dictatorship

2/18/2021
Social entrepreneur Vladan Lausevic talks about liquid democracy, the necessity of decentralized social media, the creation of a world parliament, and how robotization and artificial intelligence could empower humans. Read our article here: https://centraleuropeanaffairs.com/2021/02/11/vladan-lausevic-the-era-of-struggle-between-digital-democracy-and-digital-dictatorship/

Duration:00:42:52

Ádám Bartha: The UK will see some increased pain

2/18/2021
Think-tanker Ádám Bartha was the latest guest of the CEA Talk podcast. He discussed Brexit and its consequences, the relations between Brussels and Washington, and the chances of the Hungarian opposition at the upcoming parliamentary election. Read our article here: https://centraleuropeanaffairs.com/2021/02/15/adam-bartha-the-uk-will-see-some-increased-pain/

Duration:00:20:34

The era of struggle between digital democracy and digital dictatorship

2/17/2021
Social entrepreneur Vladan Lausevic talks about liquid democracy, the necessity of decentralized social media, the creation of a world parliament and how robotization and artificial intelligence could empower humans. Read our article here: https://centraleuropeanaffairs.com/2021/02/11/vladan-lausevic-the-era-of-struggle-between-digital-democracy-and-digital-dictatorship/

Duration:00:42:52

Daniel Freund: Merkel has held a protective hand over Orbán and Fidesz

2/16/2021
MEP Daniel Freund (Member of European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) discusses kleptocracies, corruption in Hungary, the question of democracy and rule of law, the new CDU leader Armin Laschet and the challenges ahead of the European Union in the coming years. Host: Balázs Csekő

Duration:00:25:08