Janos Kis

born 1943, Professor for Political Philosophy and Director at the Institute for Political Science at the Central European University, Budapest. Co-founder of the Hungarian oppositional journal Beszelö; founded the “Network of free Initiatives” with others in 1988; it later evolved into the “Alliance of free Democrats” (SzDSz), chaired by Kis until November 1991. Publications: Abortion: For and Against (ung.), Budapest 1994; Politics in Hungary, Columbia University Press, 1989; Do we have Human Rights (ung.), Budapest, 1985.


The Kosovo war should force the European Union to rethink its future. As the new commission, chaired by Romano Prodi, takes over it should seize the opportunity to move the EU from an inward-looking institution consumed with an economic agenda to an all-European political project.

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