The EU can inflict murderous financial punishment on states who don’t implement rulings of the European Court of Justice. This instrument has never been used to really hurt a member state – but legally, it can. Poland may soon become the first country to feel the pain. The political consequences could be disastrous for all concerned, including the EU itself.
Populism has become a dirty word in politics, although in its original meaning it should be an elementary democratic virtue. What the People (“populus”) want, expect, express, should be part of the political discussion in any democracy.
On this episode, the discussion revolves around China, Hungary, and the European Union. Our guest, Dr. Song Lilei, who is a Professor at the School of Political Science and International Relations at Tongji University and visiting fellow at MCC, shares her views on China's perception of the European Union and vice versa.
Due to the fall of Kiril Petkov’s four-party government, this October, Bulgarian citizens went to the polls for the fourth time since April 2021 to elect the members of the National Assembly. This time, the expert team hosted by Bálint L. Tóth (Center for Political Science, MCC) consisted of Neli Kirilova (ESDC & Corvinus University of Budapest) and Piotr Pietrzak (In Statu Nascendi).
Following the publication of the study on the killing of minks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was persuaded to announce a snap parliamentary election. Our guest analyst, Dr. Christian Egander Skov explains that the election campaign centered around issues of economic unpredictability as well as energy and defense security.