What is a conservative?
06/05/2016
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What does it mean to be a conservative in the 21st century? A lecture by Dr Robin Harris.
What does it mean to be a conservative in the 21st century? What distinguishes conservatism from other philosophies and intellectual approaches to political questions, and what are its implications for policy?
 
These questions were posed by the historian and writer Robin Harris in the second in the series of lectures on conservatism staged by the Danube Institute, on 19th April 2016. 
 
Dr Robin Harris is a former member of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Downing Street Policy Unit, and the author of The Conservatives – A History, and Not for Turning – The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher.  
 
In his lecture, Robin Harris argues that conservatism should be taken seriously as a philosophical position and, indeed, as the grounding for modern Right-of-Centre politics. Conservatism’s two key elements – economic liberalism and social traditionalism – which were effectively combined under Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, have recently been under strain. Yet they are mutually compatible, and equally necessary. Ideological muddle in the Anglo-Saxon world, and the corrosive ambitions of the European Union in mainland Europe have made the time-honoured conservative formula seem less relevant. That is mistaken. It is time to take a fresh look. 
   
The lecture was being jointly organised by the Danube Institute and by Ferenc Hörcher of the Arts Faculty of  Pázmány Péter Catholic University. 

The Benedict Option and The Future of the West

Date: 09/03/2018 10:00 a.m.
Location: Danube Institute, 24 Eötvös u., Budapest 1067
Rod Dreher, author of New York Times best seller The Benedict Option, gives a lecture at the Danube Institute on March 9.

The New Geopolitics Of The Middle East

Date: 21/02/2018 5:00 p.m.
Location: Danube Institute, 1067 Budapest, Eötvös utca 24
A presentation by Professor David Newman on the Geopolitical Dynamics and Border Changes in the Israel/Palestine Conflict.

MCC Neighbourhood Dialogues 2018

Future events

Conference about The role of the V4 countries in the future of the EU.

Germany Between Elections and a New Government: ‘Encore’ or New Casting?

Date: 13/02/2018 4:00 p.m.
Location: 24 Eötvös u., 1067 Budapest
A debate on the German political landscape in 2018 at the Danube Institue, on February 13.

Austrian Economics Meeting Europe: Call for Papers

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The Austrian Economics Meeting Europe invites young scholars to next year's meeting in Budapest.

Danube Institute Internship Programme ⁄ Ösztöndíj

Internship

The Danube Institute invited applications for its four-month internship programme starting in February 2018.

Autonomy or secession: the case of Catalonia

Date: 29/11/2017 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 24., Danube Institute
What theoretical and practical implications does the Catalan example have for Spain and Europe? A discussion at the Danube Institute.

100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Date: 09/11/2017 1:00 p.m.
Location: Budapest, Horánszky u. 20, 1085 - Párbeszéd Háza
On November 9, Danube Institute held an international conference on the Russian Revolution.

The EU and Israel: an uneasy relationship

Date: 13/11/2017 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eötvös u. 24, Budapest, Danube Institute
Professor Eytan Gilboa (Israel Public Diplomacy Forum) and Dr. István Gyarmati (ICDT) talked about the Middle East.

Making Hungarians, Making Europeans: Problems, Solutions

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A mini-conference on demography at the Danube Institute on October 25.

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