New Challenges for the EU:
Why is Euroscepticism getting stronger?

IED Event in Budapest, March 21, 2024


The IED and MöSZ Forum discussed how European policies can persist in the face of openly defiant leadership in Hungary, and the subsequent repercussions on the broader European framework.

Discussions centered around the rise of Euroscepticism and the tools used by the EU to communicate and promote the actions it carries. 

Many experts from neighboring countries like Poland, the Netherlands or Czech Republic drew comparative points between recent political challenges and Hungary's present state of affairs.

Finally they analyzed the impact of war on their country. The emotional tool used by populist leaders, with pressing pacifist rhetoric, and the advertisement to weaken the EU and grow Euroscepticism.

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New Challenges for the EU: Why is Euroscepticism getting stronger?


  • IED speakers

  • MoSZ members

  • Guest speakers from Hungary

  • Public audience


Budapest City Hall 
Városház u. 9 11, 
1052 Hongrie


Wednesday, March 20th

Arrival & Networking Dinner

Thursday, March 21st, Conference

10:00-11:15: Opening remarks

  • Mikel Burzako, IED CEO, Basque Country

  • Gergely Karácsony, Lord Mayor of Budapest, Hungary

  • Gerrit Jan Van Otterloo, former MP, Netherlands

  • Andrzej Potocki, Vice-President of EDP, Poland

  • Balaz Péter, Former Foreign Minister, Hungary

11:30-12:30: Round Table – Why the EU communication is weak? What fuels far right parties?

  • Gabi Schmidt, IED Vice-President, Germany

  • Ivo Kaplan, Evropský Institut Renaissance, Czechia

  • Peter Kreko Hungarian Political Scientist, Hungary

  • Laszlo Csőzik, Mayor of Erd, Hungary

  • Moderator : Benedek Javor

  • Q&A with the room

12:30-12:50: Closing Remarks by IED Vice President Gabi Schmidt

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