Media coverage

Here you find a selection of the media coverage of my work.

Jungle World: "Fidesz always represents Hungarian capital" (Interview)

15 January 2021

"The government of Viktor Orban favours its close entrepreneurs, but its policies also benefit foreign investors. This is one of the reasons why the EU is reluctant to impose sanctions. The EU payments will benefit not only Orban's friends but ultimately all capitalists in Hungary. Orban knows that as long as he makes foreign companies happy and brings money to Western Europe, he will also get away with destroying democracy."

Read the interview here (in German).

Los Angeles Review of Books: Hybrid Authoritarianism (book review)

14 January 2021

"Over the past decade, Hungary has become a classic case in the debate over illiberal democracy- even more recently with the rise of figures such as Matteo Salvini, Donald Trump, or Jair Bolsonaro on the international political scene. Around this theme was born this dialogue with Gábor Scheiring, former opposition MP in Hungary, sociologist (Ph.D., Cambridge) and researcher at Bocconi University."

Read the review essay here.

Alterhink.it: Hungary and Illiberal Democracy: Interview with Gábor Scheiring (Interview)

16 December 2020

"Over the past decade, Hungary has become a classic case in the debate over illiberal democracy- even more recently with the rise of figures such as Matteo Salvini, Donald Trump, or Jair Bolsonaro on the international political scene. Around this theme was born this dialogue with Gábor Scheiring, former opposition MP in Hungary, sociologist (Ph.D., Cambridge) and researcher at Bocconi University."

Read the interview here (in Italian).

NRC Handelsblad: Is Merkel going to avert an EU crisis with an inlay?

9 December 2020

"A compromise works if you want to work within the same values," says Scheiring, who is a political economist at the Italian University of Bocconi and who in the past served as an opposition politician in the Hungarian parliament. "But Orbán changed the game. And it has taken a long time for European politicians to get through."

Read the article here (in Dutch).

Green European Journal: National Capitalism in Orbán’s Hungary (Interview)

8 December 2020

"Behind the veneer of economic nationalism, Hungary is one of the breeding grounds of a new incarnation of neoliberalism. We spoke with sociologist Gábor Scheiring, a founder and former MP of the Hungarian Green Party LMP (Politics Can be Different) about his new book The Retreat of Liberal Democracy: Authoritarian Capitalism and the Accumulative State in Hungary."

Read the interview here or here in pdf.

El Pais: Poland, Hungary against European budgets

26 November 2020

Prime Ministers Morawiecki and Orbán close ranks on their respective countries' veto of Community funds, but show possible avenues of exit to unlock the money. "The government's position does not reflect the whole of Hungary," analyst Gabor Scheiring says by phone. He warns: "In the short term, Orbán may not need an injection of money like Spain or Italy, because the Hungarian economy is in better health, but in the long run the picture can be complicated."

Read the article here (in Spanish).

Emerging-Europe: Authoritarian governments: How much do investors care?

19 October 2020

One of the most common misconceptions regarding authoritarian regimes is the widespread belief that they are opposed by business. The notion that authoritarian leaders are anti-business populists against economic liberalisation and globalisation is, indeed, very far from reality. In contrast, a thorough analysis of authoritarian policies reveals that transnational corporations and business leaders at times become strongholds of the electoral base supporting such leaders.

Read the analysis here.

Bocconi Knowledge: Life Experience, Science and Passion: Europe Funds New Research on Health and Populism

27 April 2020

Gabor Scheiring has been an activist, a member of the Hungarian Parliament and the shadow minister of finance before completing his PhD at Cambridge. Now a postdoc researcher at Bocconi, he has obtained a Marie Curie fellowship to study the relation between economic change, public health and populism.

Read the interview here.

Népszava: „A demokrácia csak ott működőképes, ahol osztálykompromisszumra épül”

28 December 2019

Scheiring Gábor „Egy demokrácia halála” címmel könyvet írt az Orbán-rendszerről. A kötet új definíciót ad a rezsimről, miközben annak társadalmi hátterét is újrarajzolja.

Read the interview here (in Hungarian).

The Week: Hungary's 'illiberal democracy'

22 April 2018

Viktor Orban is leading Hungary away from the rule of law and human rights — but with popular support. How? Here's everything you need to know.

Read the article here.

Foreign Policy in Focus: Making Green Cool Again in Hungary

22 May 2015

The green group Zofi revitalized the environmental movement in Hungary.

Read the article here.

Reuters: Hungarians protest against PM outside parliament

22 May 2015

Opposition MPs chained themselves to parliament barrier. Ruling Fidesz party passes laws on elections and economy. IMF/EU talks in limbo: new deal key to market confidence.

Read the article here.

Eurozine: Europe's Periphery

24 January 2011

The decimation of indigenous industry in central and eastern Europe has created a low-wage hinterland on the fringes of the highly developed core, writes Carl Rowlands. If the societies of central-eastern Europe are indeed in transition, it is very unclear what the destination will be.

Read the article here.

The Economist: Election season in central Europe
Crossed words

8 April 2010

This year sees elections in many countries in central Europe. The results may not change all that much. (An article that clearly misunderstood Hungarian politics.)

Read the article here.

Media coverage

Here you find a selection of the media coverage of my work.