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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

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

+36706310759


Episodes

Amb. Kelly: Georgia was dress rehearsal for Ukraine

5/30/2022
Former US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly talks about Russia’s war in Ukraine, Georgia as a prelude to the current crisis, what Vladimir Putin could count on with economic pain kicking in globally and whether the Russian President can be defeated in the political chess game with the Western world.

Duration:00:20:49

Hunyadi: Far-right Our Homeland party could grow in parliament

5/12/2022
A new far-right party has started its work in the Hungarian Parliament as it passed the threshold of 5%. Its name is Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland). CEA Talks host Zoltán kész talks to Political Capital analyst Bulcsú Hunyady, who is an expert on extremism and radicalisation. They talk about what caused Our Homeland to get into the Hungarian Parliament, their Kremlin connections, their political agenda and what Hungarians can expect from them in the coming years.

Duration:00:15:00

Porčnik: Political turn in Slovenia

5/5/2022
Tanja Porcnik, the President of the Slovenian Visio Institute talks to Zoltan Kesz about the Slovenian elections. On April 24, a parliamentary election took place in the country. The results reflected a clear message from voters that the government needs to change. The ruling party led by Janez Jansa lost to a completely new party led by Robert Golob. Did Jansa's good relationship with Hungarian PM Orban play a role in the election? How did the pandemic play a role in his defeat? What led to...

Duration:00:17:46

Le Quiniou: Nobody knows what is Macron's election program

4/10/2022
Political analyst Romain Le Quiniou talks about the French presidential election, the impact of the Ukraine war on the vote, why President Emmanuel Macron's support has fallen in recent weeks, how Marine Le Pen's popularity is surging, and whether the European Union faces another shock momentum or the French 'cordon sanitaire' will work again?

Duration:00:21:50

Gressel: Next decades will be tough for European defense

4/8/2022
Military expect Gustav Gressel talks about present and future of European defense policy, the main security providers in the continent, and why the Russian army is performing below its capabilities and expectations in Ukraine.

Duration:00:18:13

Shamiev: Russia's military not as great as in Hollywood movies

3/24/2022
Russian civil-military relations expert Kirill Shamiev talks about the expanded Russo-Ukrainian War, the heavy costs of an assault on Kiev, Russia’s military reform, the benefits of foreign mercenaries, and how incorrect intelligence from the FSB’s Fifth Service could have contributed to a miscalculation of the Kremlin in Ukraine.

Duration:00:32:09

Simonyi: Russians demanded elimination of Viktor Orbán in 1989

3/17/2022
Hungary’s former ambassador to the NATO talks about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Hungarian approach to a war in the backyard, Viktor Orbán’s special relationship to Vladimir Putin, and how the Russians demanded the Hungarians to take him out in 1989.

Duration:00:15:09

Gyöngyösi: Brezhnev Doctrine or One Speed Europe?

1/23/2022
CEA Magazine talks to Hungarian MEP Márton Gyöngyösi, who co-initiated the petition “East or West?” after Russia demanded NATO roll back from Eastern Europe.

Duration:00:30:29

Barbashin: Russian troops along Ukraine border are a tool to force diplomacy

12/10/2021
Anton Barbashin, editorial director ar Riddle Russia, talks about the rising tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the necessity of a wider dialogue with the Kremlin and why a Russian military intervention in the Ukraine would not be the biggest priority for the Biden administration. Host: Balázs Csekő

Duration:00:22:03

Przybylski: Polish border crisis an aggression by Lukashenko

11/23/2021
Wojciech Przybylski, editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, talks about the background to the Belarus-Poland border crisis, the (un)popularity of the governing PiS party and the high inflation causing major headache for many Poles. Host: Zoltán Kész

Duration:00:19:58

Hegedűs: A life after Merkel is possible

10/25/2021
Political analyst Dániel Hegedűs sat down with CEA Magazine to analyze the upcoming German federal election, and explained why the FDP has the best chance to be the kingmaker after the ballot. He also talked about why he doesn’t expect a shift in the German-Hungarian relations and why Angela Merkel has a dark stain on her political legacy.

Duration:00:24:18

Jeszenszky: I can’t read Viktor Orbán’s mind

9/14/2021
Hungary’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Géza Jeszenszky talks about Pope Francis’ Budapest visit, the alleged Christian and conservative nature of the Viktor Orbán-led government and the prime minister’s position in the European Union. He also explains the “strange” character of the opposition coalition, and why he would be “pessimistic” if Klára Dobrev became the joint opposition PM candidate after the upcoming primaries.

Duration:00:23:35

Novak: Pope’s Budapest visit will encourage the Quiet Ones

9/9/2021
On the eve of the Pope’s visit to Budapest, the CEA Magazine talks to Joseph Novak, the President of the American-Hungarian Baptist Church. He shares his views about why the historic event will possibly be a clash between the Pope and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, the rifts within the Catholic Church in Hungary, and the major change that the Hungarian-American community has witnessed in the last decade.

Duration:00:19:23

Breyer: Why not install CCTV cameras in private departments?

9/7/2021
Digital rights activist and MEP Patrick Breyer explains “chat control” in detail, how the legislation got approved by the European Parliament, why it is missing its primary goal, violates the fundamental right to privacy, and what it means for free speech. The Pirate Party member also talks about why it would be better not to leave monitoring power in the hands of Facebook and Google moderators.

Duration:00:35:47

Guetta: The EU's future is in the hands of the Hungarians

7/21/2021
French MEP Bernard Guetta (Renew Europe) talks about the European Union entering the phase of political unity and future fights between its member states. He also shares his views on the joint declaration of far-right EU forces and what he thinks is at stake for the European Union at next year’s parliamentary elections in Hungary.

Duration:00:18:37

Tomaszevski: Russia’s Kaliningrad project is back

7/9/2021
Energy analyst Robert Tomaszevski from Polityka Insight shares exclusive information on alleged plans surrounding the Baltic Nuclear Plant in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region. Polish media mogul Zygmunt Solorz-Żak and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán want to invest together in the construction of the Russian Rosatom’s nuclear plant and have been persuading the Polish government for months to support their plans. Poland hasn’t rejected the idea so far.

Duration:00:23:29

Bojár: Crony capitalism is killing the entrepreneurial spirit

6/28/2021
Gábor Bojár, founder of Graphisoft, reveals how startup firms can keep young talents, why governments can never be a good customer and how it was to establish a firm in the Eastern Block during the 1980s. The entrepreneur also talks about “good products”, public procurement and crony capitalism in Hungary, him being a liberal, and his political preferences for his native country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Duration:00:20:42

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