Hungarian Particularism in the European Union: Politico-legal perspectives

May 27, 2015

On Friday 15 May 2015, CEUR co-hosted, together with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a conference on Hungarian Particularism in the European Union: Politico-legal perspectives.

The conference started with an insightful talk by Matej Avbelj (GSGES) who reflected on how much particularism is too much, within a pluralist Union. It was followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Marie-Pierre Granger (CEUR) in which a legal scholar, a political scientist and an economist exchanged views as to the nature, scope and benefits of exceptionalism, focusing on the Hungarian case. The second guest speaker, Christopher Bovis (Hull), highlighted the adverse implications which a dismantling of the internal market, as it would result from too much deference to particularisms, would produce. The second panel explored other aspects of the Hungarian Sonderweg in Europe, looking at taxation, competition and external relations. The final lecture, delivered by Catherine Dupré (Exeter), identified the untouchable core of the European Union, under the concept of dignity-democracy, and assessed Hungary’s special way in this light.

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