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Nagy, Zsolt Ivan

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Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | 05/10/2006

Adam Michnik on intellectuals and populism

In an interview with Zsolt Ivan Nagy, Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the Polish daily 'Gazeta Wyborcza' takes stock of developments over the past 15 years. "There were things that were beyond our control and we have failed in our attempts to convince society that the great danger now lies in the new wave of populism. Populism can manifest itself in the guise of post-communism or anti-communism. Resolute anti-communist populists sometimes join forces with post-communist populists, as was the case recently in Poland. This is a bad time for the entire Visegrad region [a group whose members are Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic]. We must make a clear diagnosis and look for a new way to convince our societies of the deceitfulness of populism. The task of convincing people of this can only be undertaken by intellectuals."

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | 07/06/2006

Criticism of Hungary's new foreign minister

Kinga Göncz, daughter of former Hungarian President Arpad Göncz, has been appointed Hungary's new foreign minister. From 2002 she was Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, and from 2004 she was Minister of Youth, Family, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities. Zsolt Ivan Nagy points out that she lacks experience in foreign policy. "The prime minister explained his decision to appoint her saying that Hungary's EU policy was partly domestic policy and partly social policy… Either the prime minister has no idea how important foreign policy is for a country like Hungary or he's avoiding the issue... If there is a strategy behind this move, it's that the prime minister wants to keep foreign policy for himself.”

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