Hungary and Poland: Democracy and rule of law under pressure
The Foreign Policy Centre hosted a Westminster seminar to explore the current political situation in Hungary and Poland.
This event comprised an expert panel discussion and the first UK presentation of a 35 min documentary film, ‘State Capture: The story of Hungary 1988-2018’. The event examined the growing concerns about rule-of-law (including judicial freedom), media freedom, protection of minorities, commitment to democratic pluralism and the rise of oligarchic elites, with both countries facing pressure from European institutions about their conduct. The event also looked at what these challenges mean for the future of the European Union and for bilateral relations with the UK post-Brexit.
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London, SW1A 2LW
Dr Gabor Scheiring, Research Fellow University of Cambridge
Dr Marcin Matczak, Associate Professor, Institute of State and Law Studies, University of Warsaw
Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President, The Open Dialogue Foundation
Chair: Alex Sobel MP