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16:30 - 18:00 11 March 2013

Gordon Bajnai: East Central Europe’s Political & Economic Future in an Ever Changing EU

Location

Gustave Tuck LT | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge but registration required
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Speaker: Gordon Bajnai, Former Prime Minister of Hungary 2009-2010, Currently Mr Bajnai is an adjunct professor at Columbia University SIPA and a visiting fellow at John Hopkins University (SAIS). He is also a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), the Washington based think thank and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Mr Bajnai acts on the global and regional advisory boards of important European corporations. In 2009 - 2010 Mr Bajnai served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, leading the crisis management government as a non-partisan technocrat. Prior to this, from 2006 he was appointed a Government Commissioner in charge of the National Development Plan; then Minister of Local Government and then Minister of National Development and Economic Affairs.
Chair: John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist

The financial crisis has challenged the leadership of governments, financial institutions and the European Union itself. Mr Bajnai will talk about these regional economic and political challenges, including the impact of the Eurozone crisis, the rise of populism and nationalism, the internal dynamics of the region as well as ECE countries’ future relationship with the EU. He will also talk about the two-speed development of the EU, the concept that some countries will progress and integrate into the EU faster than others based on economic and social conditions within their own borders. He will also refer to the democratic deficit of the EU and the inefficient functioning of the European institutions and politicians' incompetence that could be deduced from one another, and thought it possible that politicians represent their own voters at the Council, but try to find solutions on a European level.


Contact

Alexander Katsaitis
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | european.institute@ucl.ac.uk


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