Over the course of the past nine years, Hungary, a nation of 10 million people has become the pet hate of the EU. The country’s leader, Viktor Orban, is reviled as an authoritarian. In this engaging and enlightening conversation Joan Hoey, Director, Europe, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Hungarian born sociologist, commentator and author Professor Frank Furedi discuss what has been driving the conflict between Hungary and the EU and what this tells us about today’s culture wars in Europe. What are the differences and similarities between the political landscape in Eastern Europe and Western Europe? Many of today’s fears about Hungary we learn, tell us more about the mindset of Western elites than what is really happening in the country.
This ‘in conversation’ was filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival 2019 by a WORLDwrite-WORLDbytes Citizen TV crew.