The Institute in the Press
Publication and dissemination of policy-oriented research are essential parts of the Institute's mission – our previous media appearances are listed below. For new inquiries, please contact us here.
The Al Jazeera's current affairs programme, Inside Story, referenced our Institute's research on extremist groups in Europe.
The show is about the situation of European fighters in the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), who are slowly returning from Iraq and Syria posing as possible terrorist threats in their home countries.
The Labour Party secretary Raymond Johansen quoted our Institute's director in the Norwegian national media to describe the situation in his country. As Kristóf Domina said: "Hatespeech has become so accepted here in Hungary that it has created a culture of hate, which provides fertile ground for violent extremism."
(The article is in Norwegian)
The Athena Institute in the Canadian media.
Less racist discourse, more smiles: Jobbik, the Hungarian far-right party, pushed by the ultra-conservative policy of Viktor Orban, has had to adapt to the parliamentary elections on Sunday.
(The article is in French)
The Athena Institute in the French media.
Known for its anti-Semitic and anti-Roma rhetoric, Hungary's Jobbik party is trying to shed its far-right image and appeal to a younger audience as it heads into Sunday's general election.
The parliamentary elections scheduled for April in Hungary led a parliematary party to continue their expansion in Romania. Their 8th branch opened in Cluj, in the heart of Transylvania.
(The article is in Romanian)
The Athena Institute in the French media on far-right extremist groups in Central Eastern Europe and the surprising similarities between Hungarian extremists and the French far-right. (The report is in Frech).
The Athena Institute in the Swedish media, discussing the dangers of the leading far-right extremist groups in Sweden and their ties and relationship with Hungarian neo-Nazi groups, such as the Hungarian National Front that provides military-like weapons trainings and ideology courses not just for Hungarian extremists, but to members of foreign groups, like the Swedish Resistance Movement. These ties between extremist groups elevate the risk of radicalisation on a European level that may lead to attacks by lone wolves in the future.
(The article is in Swedish)
The Athena Institute in one of the biggest daily newspapers of Spain, El Pais, about the sentence of the four perpetrators who carried out a series of murderous racially motivated attacks against the Hungarian Roma community in 2008 and 2009; killing six people and wounding several more. (The article is in Spanish).
The Athena Institute in LGT's Journal, Credo, about hate crime levels in Europe since the financial crisis, the anomalies that surround European hate crime statistics, definitions, data collection and the reluctance of many countries to treat such crimes as a priority. (The article starts on page 14).
‘There was a lot of willful ignorance or denial from university teachers that basically the department to a very large extent became a stronghold for the far-right party,’ says the director of the Budapest-based Athena Institute.
Reforma.com interviewed our Institutes director to write this piece about the modern state melt down of Greece and the rising popularity of far-right parties and domestic extremist groups on the whole continent. The article was also published by elnorte.com and elsemanarionews.com. (Original Spanish text translated to English with Google Translate).
The real extremist threat is criminal, not political. Domestic anti-minority groups are now the largest violent threat in Europe, police agencies say, eclipsing jihadist terrorism by an order of magnitude. And some of them are joining forces...
It has long been calling for the trial of "Gypsy crime" and the "Nazi system" of Israel. Recently proposed the creation of a list of Jews that threaten Hungary. What is the next step for Jobbik? Asks Joanna Kowalska-Iszkowska of the Polish Newsweek from Kristóf Domina, Director of the Athena Institute
While governments spend more time and funding on countering Islamic extremism, Europe faces an increasing threat from domestic extremist groups – both right- and left-wing – that are active in every country examined by the Athena Institute.
The real extremist threat is criminal, not political. Domestic anti-minority groups are now the largest violent threat in Europe, police agencies say, eclipsing jihadist terrorism by an order of magnitude. And some of them are joining forces – we saw this when Anders Behring Breivik, the anti-immigration terrorist who killed 77 Norwegians last year, wrote a letter from prison last month to the German neo-Nazi terrorist Beate Zschäpe, accused in the murders of 10 Turkish immigrants, declaring that “we are the first raindrops of the violent, cleansing storm closing in on Europe.” Writes Doug Saunders who draws on the studies of our Institute to analise European Extremism.
The biggest daily newspaper of Greece reports on European and Greek domestic extremism and the Institute's findings. Listing Greek groups identified by the Institute, the paper quotes the Institute warning against further erosion of the Greek state by extremist groups and the danger in Europe-wide efforts of extremists to develop cooperation.
While governments spend more time and funding on countering Islamic extremism, Europe faces an increasing threat from domestic extremist groups that has a growing potential to distort mainstream politics on the continent - oped on euractiv.com
In the world's leading political daily newspaper, William Wheeler reflects on the rise of political extremism in Europe featuring Greece and Hungary and reporting about the Athena Institute and its latest, Europe-wide research on organized extremist groups. In tandem with the Institute's proposals, Mr. Wheeler advocates for a pan-European approach to a Europe-wide problem.
DR's foreign policy magazine on extremism in Greece, Hungary and Serbia. Golden Dawn political practices, Hungarian anti-Roma and anti-Semitism and the new generation of Serbian far-right. The Institute's director on Hungary's relatively new freedom, the responsibility that comes with it and the need to confront our past sins as a prerequisite to consolidate democracy.
Toronto Star features the controversial Roma asylum seeker case of the past years. Rick Westhead careful study also tells a lot about global side effects of local extremism: the paramilitary 'Defense Force' - a gathering of a handful Hungarian extremists - was capable of raising the possibility of a collapse of EU-Canada free trade agreement negotiations.
- told Athena Institute director to France24. The French public news channel's interactive report on "the day of honor", the community of Sajókaza and the newfound freedom the fascist cab driver in Hungary (in French).
Challenges Europe and Hungary will have to face, ramifications of the Toulouse incident and the relative success of Anders Breivik - in light of the new, Europe-wide report of the Institute (in Hungarian).
Tages-Anzeiger cites the Institute in relation to the Roma serial killings' ever lasting criminal suit and the ignorance of Hungarian politics. 'The trial should have told a story that similar politically motivated crimes cannot be committed in Hungary' - remarked the director of the Institute to the newspaper (in German).
‘Spiraling out of control, a “culture of hate” is a fertile ground for violent extremism’ - told Kristof Domina, Director of the Athena Institute to Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv, the largest national business newspaper published in Oslo. Old-style nationalisms reinvented and mixed with racism, xenophobia and militarism - the report reflects on the general picture new European democracies have to face while also draws parallels with the Breivik case highlighting Western-European challenges.
Europe's largest cultural television channel aired a documentary about the expanding extremism in Hungary and the possible ways to stop it. The Continent-wide channel asked the Athena Institute about the phenomenon, portrayed the results of the Institute while also highlighted our Hate Groups Map. (In German)
Germany’s most acknowledged political weekly presents a continent-wide panorama about European anti-Semitism, a phenomena with different root-causes, but similarly harmful consequences.
With regard to the tensions in the Netherlands and Sweden, the Die Zeit raises questions concerning the broader responsibility of societies that seem to be unable to tackle the issues of immigration. Writing about Hungary, the newspaper - also referring to the Hate Groups Map of the Athena Institute - draws a mixed picture about the situation of the Hungarian Jewish community, the largest one in the Eastern half of Europe, that enjoyed a renaissance in the past two decade, but is now under pressure from anti-Semitism - a phenomenon that also causes harm to the broader Hungarian society. (In German)