Hungary and the rise of nationalism in Europe – May 7, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Hungary and the rise of nationalism in Europe – May 7, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Hungary and the rise of nationalism in Europe.

Alison speaks to journalist Lili Bayer who has been covering political protests in Hungary.

Former leader of the Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff, is now the rector and president of the Central European University in Budapest – the university at the center of a fight over academic freedom in Hungary. He talks to Alison about the blow to democracy.

Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, Judy Dempsey talks about how the rise of nationalism is effecting Hungary and the rest of Europe.

And we hear from two people in Hungary in with very different opinions on whether the Prime Minister is making good or bad decisions for the country.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).