Although Sergio Massa, Argentina’s newly appointed economy minister, has made it clear that he is ‘no magician’, the public will have extraordinary expectations of him in the face of a major economic crisis.
Since February, countless reports have been published about Putin’s health. Claims about his cancer, Parkinson’s disease and innumerable other alleged illnesses abound; however, his worsening looks could simply be the result of aging, with Putin turning 70 soon.
For decades gratitude payments were a permanent ill of the Hungarian healthcare system. Informal payments overshadowed doctor-patient relations as they were unethical, and they also disadvantaged the least fortunate. As in 2021 informal payments were criminalised by the government, suddenly there is a decline in the frequency of this harmful habit.
In order to restart the economy, Macron is proposing measures with both social and economic dimensions, including an EU-level fuel tax and EU standards to be enforced in trade agreements, and he is a strong proponent of the directives on minimum wage and gender equality.
Frequent charges against the Commission are predominantly based on the fact that it lacks democratic legitimacy for making decisions regarding issues of ideology, and it is not held accountable by anyone for its political decisions, which would certainly be unthinkable in democratic circumstances.
The opposition is growing at the political level and demanding early elections. According to Matovič, the coalition may fall in the Autumn. Sulík considers this differently: there is no reason for the government’s fall but the replacement of the Minister of Finance.
In the last decade, both Poland and Hungary have been actively formulating European policy; however, this duo is not strong enough without the active support of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is also a warning sign that the loudest criticisms of Hungary and Poland can often be heard from inside the V4.
If both elites (those of the West and of Central Europe, respectively) are ready to follow a more pragmatic political action plan, and rely on a less exclusive and lecturing linguistic regime, we can avoid the worst case scenario, which is the split and break-up of the Union, and a potential internal conflict within Europe.
Those wishing to see a fully secularised European Union and who seek to ultimately undermine religion cannot help but tremble now that Hungarians overwhelmingly gave Viktor Orbán a mandate to safeguard and promote Christian democracy.
Given their considerable numbers, Roma could be a decisive force in Hungarian politics, however, due to the fragmentation of their political leadership, in the last thirty years Roma representation has not left any significant mark on Hungarian public life.
To sum up, there are the so-called ideological “leftists” who are in power in much of Europe, including Berlin and Paris, and there are the pragmatic “rightists” who are in power in the Visegrád Group countries, especially in Budapest and Warsaw, but, for the time being, they are in opposition to most of Europe.