Everyone is free to believe and think whatever they wish – this is the norm in Europe – and it is so not by chance. In recent years, however, tendencies have developed that are diametrically opposed to the idea of freedom of expression.

Illiberal narratives, language regulations and cancel culture seek to dominate the public discourse, going as far as to judge whether an opinion is morally permissible or not. Freedom of religion also seems to be coming under increasing pressure. In addition to an increase in anti-Semitism and vandalism against churches and places of worship of different religions, we also see legal developments that conflict with the freedom of religion.


Is this enough to say that freedom of expression and fundamental rights are under threat in Europe? What must or should be done to protect the foundations of freedom?


The German-Hungarian Institute for European Cooperation at the MCC

cordially invites you to a discussion event with


Dr Gudrun KUGLER

Member of the Austrian National Council

Spokesperson for Human Rights of the ÖVP parliamentary group


on the topic of

"Freedom of Expression, Fundamental Rights and Liberties in Europe

from the perspective of a politician".


Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 4.00 p.m.

Location: Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Scruton Café

(Budapest, Tas vezér u. 3-7, 1113)



The event's language is English. 

Participation is only possible by personal invitation and registration.

Please note that our events may be recorded with images, audio and video, which may be published on our online platforms. By participating in the event, you also signify your agreement to this.