Europe Debate: Is the EU a Welfare-, Work-, or Social Investment-Based Community? (event archive)

March 29, 2013 by  
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What are legitimate social policy objectives in times of prolonged economic crisis and enforced fiscal austerity? Is debt management a realistic priority in an aging society? Are the goals of the National Social Inclusion Strategy, the EU2020 and the European Commission’s Social Investment Pakcage consistent regarding social exclusion? Ever-increasing emphasis is put on reducing inequalities, […]

Higher Education Debate (event archive)

February 14, 2013 by  
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CSS hosted a public debate on the resolution: “This House believes that higher education is a privilege, not a right.” For decades in Hungary, tuition-free higher education has been the normal experience for millions of students. At the same time universities are severely underfunded, professors are underpaid, and the quality of university education in most fields […]

Chief Justice Paczolay on the Role of the Constitutional Court in Hungary

One year has passed since Hungary’s new Basic Law (Constitution) entered into effect. Since then, a recent landmark decision by the Constitutional Court has promised a check on the legislative power and charted a way forward for Hungary’s constitutional order. What are the basic principles behind the Court’s decisions? What is the state of separation of powers […]

Memory, History, and Extremism (event archive)

November 29, 2012 by  
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What are the differences between patriotism, nationalism, and extremism? What is the proper place of historical remembrance and respect for national heritage in a post-Communist era? CSS President Marion Smith hosted a distinguished panel of Iván Zoltán Dénes (István Bibó Center), Ferenc Laczó (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany) and Miklós Zeidler (ELTE University, Budapest)  for a lively discussion of Hungarian history and Hungarian national […]

Mix and Mingle with Leonard Leo, Executive VP of The Federalist Society (event archive)

October 8, 2012 by  
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The event was an  opportunity for CSS members and alumni of the Summer Leadership Academy to get to know one of our long-time partner organizations, The Federalist Society through its Executive Vice-President, Leonard Leo. Bio: Leonard Leo  has played an active role in both public diplomacy and politics. He has been appointed by President George W. Bush […]

DIP: Discussion with the British Ambassador (event archive)

September 19, 2012 by  
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Her Majesty’s Ambassador Jonathan Knott was the special guest of Common Sense Society’s (CSS) Diplomatic Discussion event series. Moderated by CSS’s President Marion Smith the discussion focused on the upcoming Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, the recent London Olympic and Paralympic Games, current events around the world as well as the Ambassador’s plans and goals in Hungary. […]

Summer Leadership Academy Recap

July 27, 2012 by  
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CSS hosted the inaugural Summer Leadership Academy  on July 25 – July 29 at Bercel Kastély in Nógrád County, Hungary. Over the course of five days and four nights, twenty-six selected participants gained an invaluable theoretical grounding in philosophy, economics, politics, and law, while also taking part in workshops and simulations. The Academy participants were selected from among 140 […]

Visions of America: The State of U.S. Presidential Politics (event archive)

July 3, 2012 by  
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The policies of the United States arguably affect citizens of every country. As an international leader, the President of the United States is largely responsible for determining the content and character of America’s role in the world. Will American voters reward President Obama’s multilateral internationalism, or prefer Mitt Romney’s vision of an exceptional “American Century”? […]

Outer Space: The New Frontier for Private Enterprise (event archive)

In an attempt to fill the void left by limited government-funded programs, ambitious entrepreneurs are shooting for the stars, literally. Encouraged by the recent successful launch of the SpaceX shuttle to the International Space Station, proponents of private space exploration speak excitedly about possible tourist excursions to Earth’s moon, mining valuable resources from asteroids, and […]

DIP with the US Ambassador (event archive)

June 14, 2012 by  
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H.E. Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis was  our guest for a second time and reflected on the changes in US-Hungarian relations since her talk at CSS, the United States’ international role and leadership, the future of American foreign policy,  her personal impressions of Hungarian politics and the upcoming US elections. The event was held according to Chatham House rule.

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