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12/29/22, 11:50 PM

What would happen if Orbán did what Germany just did?

While Hungary stands accused of „Rule of Law” deficiencies, Germany’s leftwing goverment has just passed a law that may well end up costing citizens their jobs, if they disagree with the government.
12/22/22, 8:47 PM

The War on Christmas revisited

In Hungary, even the communists failed to completely eradicate Christmas from the festive calendar. Across the contemporary West, however, the Christian religious and cultural celebration is steadily being pushed back into an obscure corner of private life.
12/8/22, 9:38 AM

Hungary, Europe's sentinel

To be right against all odds, to see the grass grow before others, to look at the moon when others look at the finger pointing at it. This seems to be the fate of this country, and of Central Europe in general.
12/2/22, 8:50 AM

Trans totalitarianism: the most sordid face of gender nihilism

In the crowded woke galaxy there are plenty of delirious ideologies but none has a DNA as totalitarian as that of the "trans" collective.
12/2/22, 8:48 AM

MCC Podcast: Can Hungary be a Political Example for France?

In this talk with Eszter Soos, he discusses the European dimension of Hungarian politics with a specific focus on France.
12/2/22, 8:45 AM

MCC Votes & Seats Podcast: Danish early legislative election, 2022

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.
11/28/22, 9:11 AM

Macron’s new course ?

The European political landscape is undergoing a great upheaval.
11/24/22, 7:40 PM

A Scholar’s Ten Commandments

As a researcher, teacher, and writer, I always felt that scholarly life must be approached with a consciously chosen attitude.
11/24/22, 11:44 AM

Ocean Viking: Europe in the infernal spiral of its hypocrisies

The time has come to ask the question of repatriating to the national level certain competences in the field of migration, particularly concerning border control.
11/20/22, 10:19 AM

Turkey’s plans to fight climate change as it marks the anniversary of ratifying the Paris Agreement

Nearly 5 years after the Turkish parliament signed The Paris Agreement, the treaty was ratified on the 6th of October 2021, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Now the country is ready to declare its goals to take part in the international collaboration against climate change.
11/18/22, 10:05 AM

Thunbergism: Could Greta’s communist moment spell the beginning of the end?

The Swedish climate activist is transforming from a walking exclamation mark into an icon of the anti-capitalist Left. But by doing so, she risks losing her appeal to the moderate majority.
11/16/22, 11:33 AM

The Leader as an Authority: On the Difference between Authoritarian and Authoritative Leadership

In the contemporary world, while reading newspaper comments or political analyses, we repeatedly encounter certain key concepts. These terms are consciously introduced with the express aim of setting the general tone of a given publication. Among the preferred notions proposed by prominent journalists of our time, two receive a particular attention: authoritarian and authoritative.
11/9/22, 3:43 PM

A Literary Look at Germany’s Political Parties

Words don’t come easy when trying to understand the ever more chaotic political landscape in Germany. Maybe it helps to compare some parties to works of literature.
11/9/22, 10:50 AM

The Death of Duty

Duty, that is the principle that a person holds certain obligations or responsibilities which cannot be voluntarily removed, has been one of the many principles forcefully ejected by the West in the 20th and 21st century.
11/6/22, 8:27 AM

Hungarian ancestry: a shared starting point

During and after World War II, and again after 1956, the Széchényi family had little option but to flee their homeland.
10/8/22, 9:08 AM

Russia: Orbán’s strategic shift

There is a widespread view that Hungary’s relations with Russia are so close that they represent a betrayal of the „West”, the EU and Nato.
10/2/22, 2:52 PM

The World Economy as an Instrument of War

The West has tried to turn the world economy from a vector of peace into an instrument of war.
9/28/22, 7:42 PM

What to Expect from the New British Government

If the hard turn to pure supply-side economics fails, it will not only bring down the British Government and the country's standing in the world, but perhaps fatally hole the reputation of free market theory in general.
9/28/22, 9:38 AM

Framing a ´sustainable´ international investment environment in the Arctic: a general overview

The Arctic region has become a “great economic frontier”, hosting multiple economic activities and attracting a large amount of foreign investment. At the same time, from many parts there is a growing request of promoting “sustainable” investment in the region. How can “sustainability” be achieved in the framework of the relevant international investment environment?
9/19/22, 10:09 AM

European "Values" and the Resolution on Hungary

Von der Leyen wants a genuinely supranational EU in which supreme power will be wielded by the central organs of Brussels over member states and their electorates.
9/18/22, 10:29 AM

The colourful economies behind the Guinness stout

The word Guinness might just mean the ruby-red stout for most people around the world, but in the hearts and minds of Dubliners the word is filled with a much deeper importance as the Guinness family and their company has been at the centre of the city’s history since 1759.
8/1/22, 12:02 PM

Afghanistan: the Current State of Affairs and Projections for the Future

Even with assistance Afghanistan often found itself on the verge of food insecurity.
8/1/22, 11:25 AM

A Leader as a Guest

We tend to praise a man or a woman who starts to work in the company’s lower echelon and, after having completed the learning curve of various positions, reaches the top and becomes a successful leader.
7/5/22, 2:57 PM

Which protection against economic cyber espionage? A focus on Hungary

Hungarian companies, like all companies worldwide, are increasingly exposed to economic cyber espionage. At the international, EU and national levels, the relevant regulatory framework is rather fragmented, which makes it difficult for companies to identity the appropriate legal instrument.
7/5/22, 2:48 PM

MCC GeoPod: Afghanistan - One year after the withdrawal of Western troops

How can Afghanistan be seen a year after the Taliban took power?
5/30/22, 10:13 AM

The Decline and Fall of the World Expo

March 31st marked the end of the World Expo in Dubai. Officially the Expo 2020, the celebration was postponed due to Covid and couldn’t debut until October of last year.
5/16/22, 9:52 AM

An IPhone or a Poket in My Hand

The other day a friend took me to a vending machine selling pocket books.
5/13/22, 8:01 AM

Can we trust public opinion polls?

Public opinion polls are an important part of social research. They are actively used in social science, politics, and business. But can we perceive the outcomes of these polls as an indicator of the real moods and desires of society?
5/10/22, 2:16 PM

Ukraine, cyberwarfare and Anonymous: who is a (legitimate) target and who is neutral?

While Anonymous has declared to be “in cyber war” against Russia, each individual acting as Anonymous can become a legitimate target under international humanitarian law, also triggering co-belligerency status of countries from which they operate.
5/3/22, 10:29 AM

Ireland’s journey to the 15% corporate tax

For many years Ireland has been famous for its corporate tax rate of 12.5%, which has attracted numerous companies to move their headquarters to the beautiful country.
4/25/22, 7:33 PM

The Role of Commitment in Business Decisions

Before the first prototype of A380 aircraft was unveiled, Airbus had already secured more than 100 orders of A380.
4/20/22, 2:56 PM

Artificial versus Human Agency

Since the Dartmouth Workshop of 1956, when the term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) was coined, the field has experienced exponential development. Dreams of building machines capable of imitating, replicating or even surpassing human intelligence have been present throughout history.
4/13/22, 10:22 AM

The Great Resignation at Amazon: Employees’ Burnout and Leadership Strategies

Work-life balance is among the most heated and contentious leadership debates.
4/12/22, 9:14 AM

Human beings of the 21st century: objects or subjects?

Transhumanism, bioconservatism, eternal life and cyborgs. Are these sci-fi, conspiracy theories or the alarming present? Miklos Lukacs de Pereny, Visiting Fellow at MCC provided possible answers.
4/6/22, 8:00 AM

An outlook of the housing market in Ireland

As most developed countries, Ireland was strongly affected by the global financial crisis and needed many years in order to recover from the economic downturn starting in 2007.
4/4/22, 8:00 AM

A Leader’s Sense of Timing

In an interview, Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to climb Mount Everest, commented on one of the central qualities of a leader: “There are some people who are natural leaders, who have the ability to think quickly or choose the right decisions at the right moment. But I think there are an awful lot of us who have to learn how to be a leader, and in actual fact, I believe that most people, if they really want to, can become competent leaders.”
4/1/22, 8:00 AM
Author: Huub Ruël

Hungary’s bad press in Western Europe: How Hungary can Help Bridge West and East

Hungary gets bad press in many Western European countries. According to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, for example, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán is an autocrat who is suppressing minorities and is corrupt. The Economist even considers Hungary an elected autocracy! Dutch mainstream news outlets almost always write about Hungary with a rather negative slant, democracy in danger.
3/28/22, 1:28 PM

The importance of digital hygiene in the contemporary world

The term "digital hygiene" is becoming more and more popular and widespread in the practice of sociological research.
3/25/22, 7:47 AM
Author: Huub Ruël

Profit and common good: friends or foes?

Crisis situations such as the current war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic and the global challenges such as wealth inequality and climate change put the finger on the question: what is the role of business in societies? Is it to make profit and in this way to serve society with goods and services?
3/22/22, 2:01 PM

Bosnia is still struggling to emerge from the shadow of war

Thirty years ago next month a brutal war broke out in Bosnia. It lasted three and a half years and left more than 100,000 dead, most of them Bosniak Muslims. Today, as war once again erupts in Europe, the shadow of conflict still hangs over Bosnia.
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