Athena Institute


Ambassadorial Luncheon in Budapest

On 16 May, the Athena Institute met the Ambassadors and representatives of several key European countries as well as Australia, Japan and the United States to discuss the European domestic extremism threat and its Hungarian implications in an event organized by the Romanian Embassy in Budapest.


The highly successful event was attended by more than a dozen Ambassadors and representatives of key European countries as well as Australia, Japan and the United States. The event was hosted by H.E. Alexandru Victor Micula, the Ambassador of Romania to Budapest.

During the event, Kristóf Domina, director of the Institute gave an extensive presentation on the European domestic extremism phenomenon in general and on high-risk extremist groups that are active in Hungary and other European countries. Mr. Domina also introduced the Institute’s running projects aiming to collect and analyze data about far-right and far-left extremist groups on the continent and to assist governments and non-governmental organizations in stepping up their efforts in confronting the phenomenon.

The Athena Institute would like to thank H.E. Alexandru Victor Micula, Ambassador of Romania to Budapest and his staff for organizing such a fruitful meeting. The Institute would also like to thank all the participating Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps in Budapest for being part of the discussion.

Prior to this event, the Athena Institute also participated in a high-level conference organized by the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs held earlier this week in Oslo, Norway resulting in conclusions that the Norwegian diplomacy pledged to build upon in its efforts aiming to give higher priority to the issue on the United Nations agenda.

These efforts all signal a heightened awareness concerning the threats organized domestic extremism pose to European countries and their citizens. The Athena Institute is proud to have such formidable partners as the Norwegian and the Romanian Ministries for Foreign Affairs in its work towards raising public and professional awareness and will also keep working towards identifying and refining policy-tools to confront the domestic extremism phenomenon