Putin’s Trojan Horses
Russian influence on the European radical scene
Roundtable organised by the Czech Centre Budapest and Political Capital.
- András Deák, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics
- Petr Kolář, former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States and Russia
- Péter Krekó, Director, Political Capital Institute
- Andrej Nosko, Researcher of Energy Policy and Security
- Moderated by János Széky, Journalist, Élet és Irodalom
Following the recent economic turmoil and the crisis of confidence within the European Union, far-right parties have gained considerable support in many EU member states. Due to a peculiar combination of EUhostility, illiberal political orientation and social conservatism, this otherwise heterogeneous political block became an attractive partner for the Putin government. The sympathies appear to be mutual: most of these radical forces have demonstrated a friendly attitude towards the Kremlin’s aspirations during the Ukrainecrisis. Interestingly, some of the segments of these forces epitomize what Putin’s Russia claims to fight in Ukraine – radical nationalism. This roundtable will discuss the spread of pro-Russian policies on the European far right in the broader concept of Eurasianism, and how Europe can react to it.
Questions to be discussed at the meeting:
- What are the possible European reactions in the light of the recent conflict in Ukraine?
- What are the informal channels of Russian influence in Europe?
- What are the main challenges for current European Parliament and EU institutions?
- Can the sanctions work as a game-changer?
Please kindly reply to this invitation at the following address: konferencia@politicalcapit