Global Ethics Weekly: Orbán's Hungary, the EU, & a "Values-Free Alliance"

Jun 28, 2018

As Viktor Orbán continues to enact illiberal policies in Hungary, some, including Harvard's Yascha Mounk, have called for the state to be expelled from the European Union. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev puts this idea in a geopolitical and historical context and discusses what it could mean for the future of the EU. Is it possible to have an alliance of nations without shared values?

As Viktor Orbán continues to enact illiberal policies in Hungary, some, including Harvard's Yascha Mounk, have called for the state to be expelled from the European Union. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev puts this idea in a geopolitical and historical context and discusses what it could mean for the future of the EU. Is it possible to have an alliance of nations without shared values?

For more from Yasha Mounk, check out his April 2018 Carnegie Council Public Affairs talk on his influential book The People vs. Democracy.

For more from Nick Gvosdev, read his latest blog post on a "values-free trans-Atlantic alliance." Gvosdev is also the director of Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement program.

Next week, in part two of this conversation, Gvosdev will touch on the June 11 panel with Kori Schake and Colin Dueck, discussing Trump's "first-order" foreign policy questions and defense spending by U.S. allies, as he looks forward to the NATO summit next month.

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