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Monthly Country Report: Hungary

On 8 June, the interior ministers of the 27 EU Member States approved by a qualified majority in Brussels a migration agreement that the European Commission described as "a historic agreement reached this evening between Member States on two key texts of the Pact on Migration and Asylum".

Ferenc Almássy

5 min

That Wonderful Feeling of Normality

The Mathias Corvinus Collegium held the MCC Feszt from 27-29 July, an event that in its third edition brought together thousands of people – more than 47,000 as compared to the 10,000 who had attended it the first time in Esztergom.

Álvaro Peñas

5 min

Indiana Jones and the Lost West

Indiana Jones 5 could be a grave for the Hollywood industry. Several films released by that industry have already flopped this year.

Marco Gallina

6 min

In France, police violence has become systemic since Emmanuel Macron came to power

If you ask a French person if they are going to demonstrate - a commonplace act in any democracy - it is not uncommon for them to reply that they prefer not to take any risks, so virulent has the policing of demonstrations become.

Patrick Edery

8 min

Country report: Germany, July - How the German government tried to undermine parliament

The traffic light government consisting of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals had wanted to push the "heat turnaround" through the German parliament by brute force.

Marco Gallina

7 min

No Money For Caravaggio

Many would give their eye teeth for the genuine Caravaggio that hangs in the Sanssouci Picture Gallery. It is the famous depiction of Thomas grasping the wound of the Risen Christ.

Marco Gallina

5 min

The Leyen Question

How firmly is EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the saddle? If one follows official accounts, then everything speaks in favour of the German seeking a second term in office and having broad support for it.

Marco Gallina

7 min

The Worrying State of Pluralism in the French Media

The French press likes to give lessons on democracy, European values and the rule of law. Yet France is certainly one of the democracies where the lack of pluralism, the almost totalitarian unanimity of the media, is most worrying. French journalists are very concerned about press freedom in Poland, but in that country, 2/3 of the mass media are against the government and fire red-hot bullets at it every day.

Patrick Edery

7 min

Selling the bear’s skin before it’s hunted

Two weeks ago, Alberto Núñez Feijóo saw himself as President and clear winner of the general elections in Spain.

Álvaro Peñas

6 min

Corruption in Portugal: The never-ending story

Portugal’s political news is not free from the spectre of corruption. Of course, there have been other important news items, such as the adoption of euthanasia, mentioned at the end of this article, but the succession of corruption-related news items occupies the front page of all the newspapers.

Álvaro Peñas

6 min

Gonzalo de Oro: "If VOX does not defend the Catalans, no one else will"

Interview with Gonzalo de Oro, VOX councillor in Barcelona City Council and coordinator of the VOX municipal group.

Álvaro Peñas

8 min

Interview with Marie d’Armagnac

The protests that have shaken France in recent days have their roots in decades of flawed social and cultural policies that need to be investigated in order to understand how such a potentially explosive situation came about.

Francesco Giubilei

7 min

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