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Democratic Efficacy & the Varieties of Populism in Europe. #DEMOS_H2020. Experts from 10 scientific disciplines in 15 European countries. Research & Innovation project funded by the European Commission. Check out more about us:
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Episode #2: What triggers populism?


Episode #3: The impacts of populism on the rule of law
How to protect constitutional democracy when the attacks come from elected governments? In this episode of the DEMOS podcast, Marco Antonio Simonelli, a DEMOS researcher from University of Barcelona, speaks about Hungary and Poland’s threats to veto both the EU budget and the COVID-19 recovery fund, and how this is linked to constitutional populism. The populist leaders of both countries have changed constitutions, targeted minority groups, and undermined judicial independence over the past years. As a result, what is left is a rule of law problem. Follow the conversation to learn more about how populism has an impact on democracy, and what the European Union could do to protect the rule of law.
December 9, 2020
Episode #2: What triggers populism?
Do you know some of the triggers of populism? In the second episode of the DEMOS podcast, project researchers Attila Bartha and Dorottya Szikra, from the Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest (CSS), discuss preliminary findings of the DEMOS project with Balázs Fekete (CSS), and explain how DEMOS studied the role of technocratic governments in triggering populism and what policies could address the issues stemming from it. Do you want to continue this discussion? Join our forum at the DEMOS Scientific Communication Platform and start a new topic ->
March 19, 2020
Episode #1: How does populism affect the judiciary in Romania and Hungary?
Populism, a complex political phenomenon, may impact society and democratic institutions in multiple ways.  To discuss the relationship between #populism and the #judiciary, DEMOS communications manager, Vinicius Gorczeski, and Balázs Fekete, researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest, invited two special guests to explain how populism has changed the legal and media landscapes in Romania and Hungary: Alexandra Mercescu, from the West University of Timisoara in Romania and Bea Bakó, a journalist covering the Hungarian judiciary for the Azonnali.  Do you want to continue this discussion? Join our forum at the DEMOS's Scientific Communication Platform and start a new topic -> 
January 16, 2020