Partnership for European Progress seeks to strengthen dialogue and working relations between a growing circle of key stakeholders and thinkers in the “new” EU Member States, and representatives of progressive politics in Germany. The project was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by Das Progressive Zentrum in 2010-2011. The aim was to map out the need for reform in Central and Eastern European countries, while at the same time developing concepts and solutions for what a dynamic and future-proof economic, growth and social model might look like – in Eastern and Western Europe.
As part of year-round activities complementing the annual Progressive Governance Summit, Das Progressive Zentrum and its London-based partner organisation Policy Network invited two Dutch experts to discuss take-aways from Europe’s first key parliamentary election this year.
In May 2019, Hungary celebrated 15 years of EU membership. However, the European Parliament believes that Hungary is in breach of EU values, thereby posing a threat to the existence of the union. The fundamental restructuring of the political system initiated by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party has had a tangible impact on the functioning of Hungarian democracy, raising concerns and criticism. How will this conflict develop – both with regard to Hungary as an EU member state and with regard to the future of the EU?