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The rise of European illiberalism: the case of Hungary

On 2 February Dr Nora Berend of the University of Cambridge Faculty of History will give a talk addressing the state of democracy in Hungary.
When Feb 02, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Room 138, Alison Richard Building
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The 'illiberal' state that destroys media freedom, real democracy and human rights, and unites populism with authoritarianism is an increasing threat to us all. Its construction is more advanced in Hungary than elsewhere, which holds important lessons for those who wish to retain democracy. The talk will reflect on how democracy has been undermined, especially on the dismantling of free media, attacking civil society, and the impact on society and the economy.


About the speaker: 

Dr. Nora Berend is a medieval historian based at St. Catherine's College who has also written on contemporary Hungarian politics in the London Review of Books and elsewhere.

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