The results of a traditionalist turn: Hungary’s democratic neo-feudalism

In Hungary, a paternalistic political tradition, the ruling party`s dominant position, their partial state capture, and an underinvestment in public education may lead toward a type of neo-feudalism. Such development patterns may be at the West`s doorstep now too.

Balázs Jarábik12. 01. 2017

Who will heal the Poles?

Subsequent governments have failed to repair Poland’s broken healthcare system, and doctors continue to leave the country in large numbers. We talk to some that have already departed and others that are considering doing so.

Agata Mazepus10. 01. 2017

Hungarian settlement bonds under fire

There is rising public pressure on Hungary’s government to terminate settlement bonds, which essentially give foreign nationals legal residency in return for payment. The government claims the revenue is good for business, while opponents maintain that the bonds are a mere money-laundering vessel and open up the country and the EU to dangerous individuals.

Gergő Rácz25. 12. 2016


In all V4 countries we can see quite significant difference betweeen monthly earning of women and men. The regional average for average earnings is 18.7%. With the exception of Poland the gap in average earnings is higher than in the case of median earnings. The segregation of labour market plays its role here – the average earnings are increased by men employed in well-paid sectors (horizontal segregation) or on top positions (vertical segregation). The biggest gap in average salaries is in Slovakia and the Czech Republic – in both cases over 20% followed by Poland with 17% and the smallest gap is in Hungary – only 13%. For median data for only 3 countries are avaiable and the situation is quite different. The biggest gap is in Poland (22%) followed by Slovakia (17%) and the smallest in the Czech Republic.

Women earn less than men in the V4: A punishment for home and childcare?

The gendered discrepancies in earnings is significant in the V4. The causes of the pay gap are complex, reflecting a variety of problems both in national economies and societies.