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The War in Ukraine and the Future of Democracy in Central Europe

Friday, April 1, 2022, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The war in Ukraine has transformed thinking about almost every aspect of the European Union, from security to energy, and put the spotlight on its central and east European member states. How does it affect the future of democracy in Central Europe? Does it sharpen the focus on the erosion of the rule of law and democracy in countries like Hungary and Poland, or rather soften it, since for a united response to Putin's aggression in Ukraine the EU needs the support of its frontline states?

Please note that this is a hybrid event: you may join in-person (Budapest campus, Nador u. 15., Auditorium B), or follow it online, on the CEU Democracy Institute’s Facebook-page.

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About the speaker:

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At St Antony's, he also directs the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom. He is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name, Facts are Subversive and Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals. Awards he has received for his writing include the Somerset Maugham Award, Prix Européen de l'Essai and George Orwell Prize. In May 2017  he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of the city of Aachen.

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