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    Corruption in Hungary remains a serious problem, with EU funds being particularly vulnerable

Corruption in Hungary remains a serious problem, with EU funds being particularly vulnerable

Hungary held elections on 6 April, with incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party retaining its ‘supermajority’ in the Hungarian parliament. Johannes Wachs writes that one of the key challenges facing Hungary in the aftermath of the elections is the issue of corruption, with recent studies indicating that the country faces a greater corruption problem than other states in […]

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April 24th, 2014|Johannes Wachs|0 Comments|
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    Five minutes with Anne Applebaum: “Putin cannot let Ukraine become a democratic, pro-European state”

Five minutes with Anne Applebaum: “Putin cannot let Ukraine become a democratic, pro-European state”

Tensions have continued to rise in Crimea ahead of a planned referendum on the region seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia. In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Anne Applebaum discusses the importance of Vladimir Putin’s domestic situation to his handling of the crisis, the role of the Russian media in shaping public opinion, and why a key […]

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While the Czech Republic makes progress in tackling corruption, the rule of law in Russia continues to decline

The rule of law is a fundamental part of any functioning democracy. As Justine Doody writes, issues of political corruption, judicial impartiality and the separation between elites and the legal system have been historic challenges for both the Czech Republic and Russia. Using recent data to compare developments in both countries, she argues that while the Czech Republic has made […]

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Citizens in the most corrupt areas of Portugal are more likely to vote in elections

Corruption is a persistent problem in several countries across Europe. Daniel Stockemer and Patricia Calca write that corruption can have two distinct effects: it can either result in citizen disengagement from the political process, or it can lead to increased voter participation as a mechanism for punishing political authorities at the ballot box. Using an analysis of local level data […]

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Spanish political parties have used multilevel public funding to replace private donations and increase their resources

Following the arrest of a former treasurer of Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) earlier this year, party funding has become an important issue in Spanish politics. Juan Rodríguez Teruel writes that successive attempts to reform the regulation of party funding in Spain have created a situation in which Spanish parties are largely funded from public sources. He argues that this […]

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The success of anti-system parties in the Austrian election reflects very real problems with political corruption

Austria’s elections on 29 September produced the worst electoral showing for the country’s two major parties, the SPÖ and ÖVP, since the end of the Second World War. As Fabio Wolkenstein writes, the main beneficiaries were smaller parties, particularly those articulating anti-system sentiments. Far from relying on empty rhetoric, however, he argues that the success of such parties reflects real […]

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