Ágnes Vass

Ágnes Vass

Head of EU-V4 Department
  vass.agnes@ajtk.hu

Ágnes Vass is the Head of EU-V4 Office where she is coordinating projects focusing on Central Europe. Before taking up this position, she worked as a research fellow at University of Alberta and at the Institute for Minority Studies at Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is currently finishing her dissertation at Corvinus University of Budapest, in which she is analysing kin-state policy of Hungary and socio-political effects of extra-territorial citizenship. 

Expectations and priorities of Slovak foreign policy in 2015

Expectations and priorities of Slovak foreign policy in 2015

The year of 2015 is going to be a period full of challenge for the V4 countries. Poland is moving into elections – both the results of presidential election in spring and the parliamentary elections in autumn might have effects on the whole region as well. Slovakia is also moving into a pre-election mood and the country will officially start the preparation to the forth-coming presidency of the European Council. The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine and the V4 countries’ different approaches towards Russia are also important issues which will determine both directly and indirectly the political and economic development of the region.

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Outlook 2020

Outlook 2020

Perspectives for the next year from the Antall József Knowledge Centre Research Team

This year, New Years’ Eve will not only see a regular new year coming but the closing of a whole decade. The aggregate analysis of the AJRC research group points toward specific likely conclusions about the world which suggest 2020 to be a concluding year of the problems of the 2010s. Many of those issues that characterised international relations for quite some time have now reached a point of rest—though not resulted in a definitive outcome.

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Wind of change – but what kind of change?

Wind of change – but what kind of change?

Campaign overview and the results of the Slovak parliamentary election 2020

The elections in Slovakia at the end of February this year were expected to revamp the current political system shaken after the murder of investigative journalist, Ján Kuciak and his fiancé, Martina Kušnírová in February 2018. The continuous stream of scandals, in which some of the party leaders and top politicians were also involved, mobilised new political powers, but it has remained an open question until the elections, who the voters will entrust to govern the country in the next four years.

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Global Demographic Outlook 2020 – Demographic Perspectives from the Antall József Knowledge Centre Research Team

Global Demographic Outlook 2020 – Demographic Perspectives from the Antall József Knowledge Centre Research Team

Global population witnessed an unprecedented growth in recent decades. From reaching 4 billion in 1974, 6 billion in 1999 and 7.8 billion people this year, the world’s population is set to reach the 8-billion mark in the very near future. This rapid growth will affect less developed nations the most; however, in strong contrast, economically advanced countries across the globe will witness a sharp drop in population, due to a set of mutually-aligned trends. Fertility rates under the 2.0-2.1 threshold required for a stable reproduction rate, combined with an increasing life expectancy, mean that these states will not only have fewer citizens, but will also have to find a solution for the increasing pressure on their current pension system, as a declining number of workers will have to support a growing number of pensioners.

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