October 15, 2022| Member Event | Budapest, Hungary

Hungary: Home of a Conservative Revival?


A joint weekend with CSS–The Netherlands

Event Overview

Join Common Sense Society–Hungary and Common Sense Society–The Netherlands on October 14-16 for a critical interrogation of Hungary and the credentials of the conservative political alternative this country has become associated with. To what extent can Hungary serve as an example?

In the past decade, Hungary has seen an era of conservative revival that has been both touted for creating a counter narrative to mainstream Western progressivism, but it has also been criticized on classical liberal and often on classical conservative grounds. What is the Hungarian understanding of conservatism, and what are the historical, social, economic, and geopolitical underpinnings of it? What lessons do these developments hold for people of other nations?

This weekend-long program will bring together members of the Dutch and Hungarian Common Sense national branches in Budapest. The program will include meetings with special guests from both countries as well as opportunities for informal mingling of members. The experience will be enriched by cultural programs, like visits to the Parliament and historical walking tours in the city.


Event Highlights for CSS-HU members

Saturday, October 15

12.00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CET

What: Lunch and informal meeting with CSS–HU and CSS–NL members

Where: Kollázs Brasserie & Bar

Attire: Business casual

Special guest: Prof. Ferenc Horkay Hörcher, head of the Research Institute of Politics and Government of the University of Public Service, Hungary, author of A Political Philosophy of Conservatism. Prudence, Moderation and Tradition.


Saturday, October 15

6:00 p.m. CET

What: Panel discussion on “Hungary: Illiberal or social conservative?”


  • Ms. Júlia Lakatos, Analyst, head of international affairs, Centre for Fair Political Analysis
  • Mr. András László, political advisor, Fidesz; co-founder, Common Sense Society

Moderator: Mr. Balázs Kovács, historian, international relations expert; CSS Europa Fellowship alumnus

Where: CSS Andrássy Salon

Attire: Business casual

The discussion will start at 7.00 PM preceeded by informal chat of members. Light dinner and wine will be served.


Sunday, October 16

10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. CET

What: Lecture and discussion on “Liberty, Independence and National Identity—What Hungarians learned from their history”

Speaker: Mr. Tamás Révész, historian and postdoctoral research fellow, Institute of History in Budapest; member of the Trianon100 research group

Where: CSS Andrássy Salon

Attire: Business casual

Snacks and drinks will be served.

The full tentative agenda for CSS-NL members can be downloaded here.

Please note that seats are limited and open only to CSS members.

Not a member yet? Consider becoming a member of CSS–HU!




Budapest, Hungary

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