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The In Between Europe podcast discusses politics and current events in Central Europe, bringing you experts and a history minute for each episode. Hosted by Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics.

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The In Between Europe podcast discusses politics and current events in Central Europe, bringing you experts and a history minute for each episode. Hosted by Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics.

    #24 Judicial Independence in Hungary

    #24 Judicial Independence in Hungary

     
    In the last episode of 2019, we look at the state of play in the judiciary in Hungary and what the most recent amendments mean for rule of law and the independence of the court system. To make sense of it all, we are joined by Dávid Vig, the director of Amnesty International Hungary and Ágnes Kovács, a lecturer at ELTE’s Department of Human Rights and Politics.
    History minute: The history of courts in Hungary 
    Resources:
    A Constitutional Crisis in the Hungarian Judiciary, Joint report by Amnesty International Hungary & Hungarian Helsinki Committee, 10 July 2019
    Nothing ever disappears, it only changes: The Hungarian Government switches to higher gear to curb judicial independence, Amnesty International Hungary, 19 November 2019
    Orban’s New Judicial Overhaul Prompts Rule-of-Law Concerns Again, Zoltan Simon, Bloomberg, 16 November 2019
    The fragility of an independent judiciary: Lessons from Hungary and Poland — And the European Union, Kriszta Kovács & Kim Lane Scheppele, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 3, September 2018


     
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    #23 Visegrad and Growth in Europe

    #23 Visegrad and Growth in Europe

     
    This episode is a forward-looking one, which builds on our previous discussion about the economic legacy of the transition. We discuss a new report from Visegrad Insight titled “European Futures,” the current state of EU budget negotiations when it comes to Central Europe, and the impact of regional politics on the economy.
    Guests: Daniel Gros, director of CEPS; Wojciech Przybylski, editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight; and Tomasz Kaszprowicz, economic editor of Res Publica
    Resources:
    #European Futures: Scenarios for cohesive growth, CEPS and Visegrad Insight, October 2019
    EU Expenditure and Revenue 2014–2020, European Union
    Money Talks: EU Budget Negotiations Widen East and West Divide, Balkan Insight, 13 November 2019
    The EU’s budget tribes explained, Politico Europe, 4 November 2019


     
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    #22 Transition@30: The Economic Legacy

    #22 Transition@30: The Economic Legacy

     
    In this episode we talk to Dóra Győrffy, a professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary, about the economic legacy of the transition. We take stock of the frontrunners and those who did things by the book implementing neoliberal reforms, but we also touch on the failures, and the apparent decoupling of political and economic success. 
    Resources:
    Trust and Crisis Management in the European Union, Dóra Győrffy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
    From Democratic Dissatisfaction to Financial Crisis, Dóra Győrffy,
    In: Jensen, J; Miszlivetz, F (eds.) Reframing Europe’s future : challenges and failures of the European construction, Routledge, 2015, pp. 93–114
    Huge wage rises signal new phase in Central Europe’s economic transformation, Ben Hall, The Financial Times, 16 October 2019


     
     
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    #21 EP Elections in the Visegrad Four

    #21 EP Elections in the Visegrad Four

     
    This episode is the first segment of a two-part series with Talk Eastern Europe (TEE) on the results of the European Parliament elections in Central Europe. We talk to Edit Zgut, a visiting lecturer at the Center for Europe in the University of Warsaw and discuss the V4 and what is next for the opposition in Hungary and Poland. Stay tuned for part two on Bulgaria, Romania, and more Poland with TEE! 
    History minute: The Left That’s Not There — Social Democratic Parties in Central Europe
    Resources:
    2019 Election Results, European Parliament
    Why Brussels Overlooks Central Europeans for Top EU Jobs, Edit Zgut, Politico Europe, 21 May 2019
    End of the Third Way, Marcin Zaborowski & Wojciech Przybylski, Visegrad Insight, 27 May 2019
    Talk Eastern Europe, New Eastern Europe, 2019


     
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    #20 Presidential Elections in Slovakia

    #20 Presidential Elections in Slovakia

     
    Progressive newcomer Zuzana Caputova secured a surprise victory in Slovakia’s presidential elections this past weekend. We talk about what led to her success and what it means for the future of the country with Oľga Gyárfášova, the director of the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava.
    History minute: Presidents and their Powers
    Resources:
    The Winter of Our Discontent, Olga Gyarfasova, Visegrad Insight, 27 April 2018
    Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia, Dariusz Kalan, Foreign Policy, 28 March 2019
    Hailed by Liberals, Slovakia’s First Female President is Under a Lot of Pressure to Turn the of Populism, Emily Tamkin, Washington Post, 1 April 2019
    The Fourth Generation: From Anti-Establishment to Anti-System Parties in Slovakia, Olga Gyarfasova, New Perspectives, Volume 26, Nr. 1/2018


     
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    #19 What Future for the Media in Central Europe?

    #19 What Future for the Media in Central Europe?

     
    We’re back! Here with us today is Marius Dragomir, the director of the Center for Media, Data, and Society at Central European University (CEU) and we discuss the crisis-ridden media environment in the region. Despite the doom and gloom around the failure of the old business model and increasing political control, there are some good examples emerging that provide reason for optimism. 
    History minute: Media Pluralism in an Authoritarian Regime 
    Resources:
    Media Influence Matrix, Center for Media, Data, and Society, CEU, 2019
    Control the money, control the media: How the government uses funding to keep media in line, Marius Dragomir, Journalism, Vol. 19, Issue 8, 2018
    The Free Press Under Threat in Central Europe, Lenka Kabrhelova, Nieman Lab for Journalism, 27 February 2019
    Media in Central Europe: From independent observer to political tool and the new enemy, Zselyke Csaky, Visegrad Insight, December 2017
     



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