PolCast – Political Capital’s Podcast
This is Political Capital’s podcast, where we analyse the background and deeper context of domestic and international political events.
Punching above its weight? – The balance of Hungary’s international influence-building efforts
Since the mid-2010s, Viktor Orbán’s regime has built alliances with populist radical right and far-right actors across the EU and the US. Can we speak of building #HUNfluence? What are the goals and the outcomes?
Russia: conspiracy theories, spin and fear dictatorship
How did information replace violence in autocrats’ playbook? How do modern dictators build information autocracies?
Copy/Paste? The anti-gender and anti-LGBTQI mobilisation in Hungary and Poland
Why have these issues become so dominant and effective in these two countries? How has the mobilisation evolved and how will it develop further?
Russian invasion of Ukraine in historical context – a podcast with Evgeny Finkel and Péter Krekó
Russian invasion of Ukraine in historical context, the Western responses and their persistence, and also, the background of the visit of the Israeli PM to Russia.
Why should we be concerned by authoritarian economic influence?
Authoritarian economic influence features more and more in public discussions in light of concerns about Chinese 5G equipment or the Budapest-Belgrade railway project. How worried should we be about these developments?
Winners and losers of the pandemic – the Visegrad outlook
The pandemic has laid bare all of the weaknesses – and in some rare cases also strengths – of social and economic fabric of the Visegrad countries.
Main narratives about COVID-19 in the V4 countries during the first wave of the pandemic
What impact has the virus had on the political agenda and political developments of the Visegrad countries? What narratives have thrived across the countries? Which political actors have tried to capitalise on the pandemic and how? We have discussed these questions with our partners from the Czech R
Anne Applebaum on the Post-Pandemic Global Order
A conversation about the pandemic's impact on the democratic world, and the myth that authoritarian states managed to better deal with the consequences of the crisis.
No rise of global solidarity, but no decline in European integration either
The conversation with Erik Jones covers Italy’s economic and political status, its response to the Corona crisis, the European Union’s plan to help the members and the overall consequences of the pandemic.
'We live in a new type of censorship'
Peter Pomerantsev, Péter Krekó and Dorka Takácsy discussed the perspectives of liberal democracies in the post-truth age, the possible countering of large-scale disinformation, and whether there is a return from cynicism.
Russian influence efforts during the 2019 European Parliament elections
Dóra Győrffy and Péter Krekó discussed Russia’s information influencing attempts connected to the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. They analyze, among other topics, the vulnerability of traditional media and of the populations, the links between narratives of Euro-skeptic forces and Russian di
Mystification and Demystification of Vladimir Putin’s Russia
James Sherr and Péter Krekó talks about Russia. The discussion is moderated by András Rácz.