Svensson gave talks on democratic backsliding in Hungary at Swedish universities

May 18, 2017

Over the past years, Hungary has often received negative press coverage in Swedish media, most often in connection with migration policy and different Swedish and Hungarian positions on this and other issues in the European Union.

At public talks at Karlstad University and Halmstad University on May 8 and May 9, CPS Research Fellow Sara Svensson gave a background to the political developments in Hungary over the past years, focusing on the areas of government communication and societal cleavages. She also addressed of how it is to work for an academic institution which experiences threats to its academic freedom.  “Many in Sweden know little about Central and Eastern Europe, and I find it important that especially students realize that developments in one part of the European Union will matter for Sweden as well,” Svensson said in a comment on the talks which were open to the general public as well as to students, staff and faculty at the two universities. Previously, Sara Svensson also published an article on this topic in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.