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Family and gender in Orbán’s Hungary

Viktor Orbán`s and his government`s decisions on family tax allowance and child benefits favour middle-class traditional families and portray their conservative view on family and gender. 

By Balázs Pivarnyik

Orbán - A Trendsetter?

The name Visegrad in Western European terminology has become synonymous with a lack of solidarity and nationalist politics. In Hungary, however, it also has implications for the future of democracy in Western Europe. How can the EU recover its appeal?

By Eva van de Rakt

Vulnerability and chaos in the Hungarian healthcare system

A crucially necessary reform of the healthcare system has been awaiting Hungary since the transition from the communist era. The Orbán Government would have had a historical chance - but healthcare just keeps drifting along.

By Dr Rita Lénárd

Media pluralism further declines in Hungary

Media pluralism has suffered another major blow in Hungary. Magyar Nemzet, a newspaper that represented a brand of conservatism that was still able to critically evaluate the governing of Viktor Orbán, was shut down following the Prime Minister’s most recent election victory.

By Krisztián Simon

Energy Atlas: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe

Dossier

The European Energy Atlas 2018 is published at a time when the EU Member States are discussing their energy and climate strategy until 2030. It thereby not only provides a compass on the differing energy discussions in Europe but also reveals how a Europeanization of the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans.

Linking Sectors: Power, transport, heat united

Energy Atlas

Heating, cooling and transport consume huge amounts of fossil fuels. Converting them to renewable energy poses challenges, but also offers solutions to the problem of variable power generation.

By Dr. Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera

Citizens: Many drops make a river

Energy Atlas

Conventional energy comes from a few large, powerful firms. But for renewable energy sources, it makes sense for the generation capacity to be owned by individuals and communities.

By Molly Walsh

Economy: Making progress, more work needed

Energy Atlas

Renewables have moved from being a sideshow to the main act in Europe’s energy theatre. Government support has been key to this – but renewables are increasingly able to stand on their own.

By Rebecca Bertram

History: From coal to climate

In the EU, an Energy Union is emerging from an array of packages, policies, projects and proposals. They map the shift from conventional energy markets to flexible ones that promote renewables.

By Dr. Radostina Primova

Vision: Looking to be leader

Energy Atlas

Europe is making progress towards its energy transition at a rate few imagined ten years ago. There is still a long way to go, but the continent is now in a position to become the global leader in green energy.

By Claude Turmes

Cities: Testbeds for energy innovation

Cities can be a hotbed of innovation. They are big enough to try out new ideas on a large scale, but small enough to brush them aside if they do not work out.

By Alix Bolle

Why Armenians Call for a Velvet Revolution

Interview

For almost a week now, huge rallies have shaken the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where Nikol Pashinyan, one of the leaders of the movement, called for a “velvet revolution”. But will the protesters this time successfully press for democratic accountability?

By Olya Azatyan, Sonja Schiffers

Hungary after the election: Continuing on Orbán’s path

Hungary has become a laboratory of illiberal governance tailor-made to serve Fidesz’s goals. Its rhetoric is based on identity politics, conspiracy theories and enemy images. It has a massive Government-financed fake news industry. After this ellection a shift to a more moderate stance is not expected.

By Attila Juhász

Why LGBT People Emigrate from Armenia: Three Stories

Portraits

Between 2011 and 2013 alone 5,891 LGBT people left Armenia. This article will tell the first-hand story of lesbian, bisexual and transgender Armenian citizens who have moved to different EU countries.

By Arthur Minasyan

Congress of Young Europeans in Prague

Applications are open for the 6th Congress of Young Europeans, which this time is going to take place in Prague, Czech Republic between 30 August and 2 September 2018.

Sorry, not sorry

According to a recently surfaced voice recording, Hungary's House Speaker László Kövér admitted during a private discussion that Fidesz manipulatively redrew the borders of single-member constituencies for its own benefit.

By Attila Juhász, Róbert László

Hungary is to demolish critical NGOs with new bills

In recent weeks civil organisations in Hungary have been kept busy by a law package that the Government has drafted. It bears the name “Stop Soros” and would restrict freedom of expression and freedom of association as well as refugees’ right to protection.

By Nóra Köves

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