Péter Techet on the Results of the 2004 EU Enlargement for RTVS Pátria Rádió

In the Hungarian-language program of Slovak Radio RTVS, Péter Techet, research associate at IDM, analyzed the results of the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 as well as the challenges the EU faces regarding the “new” members and candidate countries.

The entire program can be listened to in Hungarian here.

Sebastian Schäffer und Melanie Jaindl für Ö1: EU Diskurse: Vor welchen Herausforderungen steht Europa? (1)

Im Ö1-Radiokolleg sprachen Melanie Jaindl und Sebastian Schäffer über das Konzept Europa, die Absteckung der Grenzen des politischen Kontinents sowie bevorstehende EU-Erweiterungsrunden, insbesondere am Westbalkan. Die Sendung wurde am Montag, 13. Mai 2024, ausgestrahlt und kann in der Mediathek nachgehört werden. 

Sebastian Schäffer and Malwina Talik for Fair Observer: Will the France–Germany–Poland “Weimar Triangle” Be Europe’s New Powerhouse?

In the collaborative article, IDM Director Sebastian Schäffer, IDM Research Associate Malwina Talik, and Romain Le Quiniou analyze the resurgence of the France–Germany–Poland “Weimar Triangle” in European politics. The authors explain how historical context, recent geopolitical shifts such as the Russian war in Ukraine, and domestic politics in each country have influenced the trajectory of this trilateral forum. They argue that while past differences and periods of dormancy have characterized the Weimar Triangle, recent events have sparked a renewed interest and potential for impactful collaboration among the three countries. The authors offer insights into the motivations and expectations of each country involved, highlighting hopes for increased cooperation, security measures, and strategic positioning within the EU. As they explore the format’s challenges and prospects, they underscore the importance of institutionalizing relationships beyond high-level summits to unlock the full potential of this minilateral framework. 

You can read the whole article here.

Sebastian Schäffer on Asharq News: Humanism cannot be blackmailed

Sebastian Schäffer was invited by Asharq News to comment on recent statements by the Hungarian government reiterating that their country does not want to participate in NATO operations to transfer weapons and train Ukrainian soldiers. The IDM Director pointed out that Viktor Orban is currently facing one of the biggest anti-government protests happening in the history of the country and that the bluntness of these statements and the harsher reactions are therefore directly related to the internal situation in Hungary. Schäffer also stressed that the Hungarian government has been very reluctant when it comes to the support of Ukraine before and has used the debate about the sanctioning packages within the European Union for its own benefit: 

“[…] they want to a certain extent to benefit from the suffering that is happening in Ukraine. And this is something that I really condemn, especially if we talk about a collective security organization like NATO and a collective value community like the European Union. I would like to know what Viktor Orban would think if he was the victim of an aggression and we were debating whether we should help him or not. He’s not in this position, of course […] he is in NATO, and he can ask for the support. Ukraine can’t do that. Ukraine needs to rely on solidarity. And I can tell you, two weeks ago, I went to Ukraine, and I saw how the people are suffering there, and I saw the constant air raid alarms. I’ve witnessed air raid alarms again while being in the country and we are denying them the basic capabilities […] to defend themselves. And the Hungarian government is using this as leverage for their own benefit,” Schäffer said on the Arabic-language television channel.  

He admitted that Hungary is a sovereign country and that their decisions have to be respected. “But I am criticising that Hungary is part of a collective security treaty organisation, NATO; Hungary is part of a value community, the European Union: but they are themselves violating the value community in the European Union and they are denying the basic security of not a NATO member, but a NATO partner country, Ukraine. And here again I would ask, is it really a sovereign decision to deny the basic rights to defend oneself if we at the same time also try to personally profit from such a situation? And this is a point where I would doubt that we should have a single country blackmailing all others at the expense of the Ukrainian people”, the IDM Director concluded. 


Watch the video (in Arabic) here. 

Sebastian Schäffer for Cross-border Talks: The EU reform is a collective necessity

Sebastian Schäffer gave a broad interview on EU affairs, international politics and reform to Vladimir Mitev from Cross-Border Talks. Schäffer spoke in support of EU integration and further expansion. He shared his proposals for reform of the EU institutions. He also discussed about the geopolitical dynamics regarding Ukraine and its path to the EU accession, about the EU future of the Western Balkans, in support of weakening of borders inside EU, etc. Schäffer had critical comments, but also discussed about positive sides of the new EU migrant pact. He didn’t exclude that in the future the European People’s Party makes a coalition with a part of the growing conservitive and populist forces in the EU. And shared what in his view might the rise of the so-called sovereignists change for Europe. Schäffer was also critical towards the understanding that border controls inside the EU should be strengthened, when asked specifically about the agreement between Austria, Romania and Bulgaria that allowed the two Southeastern European countries to join the Schengen area.

You can listen to the whole interview here:

Péter Techet for TAZ on the Croatian elections

Péter Techet, research associate at IDM, commented on the early Croatian parliamentary elections in the German daily newspaper “taz”. He writes that while Zoran Milanović’s victory may bring internal change in a country long dominated by the conservative HDZ party, his foreign policy would be more skeptical regarding the EU and NATO.

The article can be read here.

Peter Techet for Le Figaro on the chances of the new movement against Orbán

In the French daily newspaper “Le Figaro,” Péter Techet, research associate at IDM, analyzed the possible outcomes of the new, rather conservative movement in Hungary led by Péter Magyar against Viktor Orbán. Techet said that Magyar, with his conservative rhetoric and attacks on the current opposition, might be able to reach current Fidesz voters, especially since a regime change in Hungary is not possible without the center-right, conservative electorate.

The article in French can be read here (behind paywall).

Péter Techet about Orbán’s potential new opponent in “La Libre Belgique”

In the Belgian daily newspaper “La Libre Belgique”, Péter Techet, research associate at IDM, analyzed why Péter Magyar, who aims to launch a new movement against Viktor Orbán in Hungary, presents a threat not only to the government but also to the opposition, as he has predominantly appealed to opposition voters thus far.

The article in French can be read here (behind a paywall).

Péter Techet on the “Orbanization” of French Media in „Klubrádió“

In the evening program of the Hungarian Klubrádió, Péter Techet, research associate at IDM, spoke about the right-wing shift in French media.

You can listen to the program in Hungarian here (after 13:20).

Péter Techet on the new European Parliament after the elections

In the Hungarian-language program of the Slovak Radio (RTVS Pátria Rádió), Péter Techet, research associate at the IDM, analyzed the possible scenarios within the European Parliament after the elections in the summer.

The entire broadcast can be heard in Hungarian here.