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Democracy in Europe: Hungary a triptych on democracy in Hungary, Poland and Turkey

Since 2010 the Fidesz Party is in power in Hungary. Prime minister Victor Orban has sought to expand his power by rewriting the national constitution while refusing any role for the political opposition, by firing virtually all of the high officials of independent institutions, by limiting the powers of the Hungarian Supreme Court, by increasing his grip on the National Bank, by whipping up anti-Semitism and anti-Roma sentiments, and by rewriting history to honor past leaders who supported the holocaust.

This evening we invite Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton University, world-renowned expert on the Hungarian Constitution, to speak about the current situation in the country. How can Hungarian developments be explained? And what can we in the Netherlands learn from it? Could something similar happen here?

After her lecture, Scheppele will discuss these matters, and the Dutch context, with a co-referent and there will be room for discussion with the audience.

About the triptych

In Hungary, Poland and Turkey democratically chosen politicians are undermining open and democratic society, the rule of law and it's institutional fabric. For EU-members Hungary and Poland, and also for Turkey, these seem to be remarkable developments. In recent years we however have seen a democratic backslide in these countries. What exactly is happening there and what can we learn from it? In three informative gatherings we will explore these questions and try to answer them.

Location: De Balie, Amsterdam

This is a cooperation between Tilburg University, Nederlandrechtstaat.nl and De Balie, and is made possible by the vfonds.

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When: 13 January 2017 20:30