About the authors

Csaba Lentner is a Hungarian professor in Public Finances. He works for National University of Public Service, in Faculty of State Science and Public Administration, head of Finances and State Management Institute. Member of Future Committee of Hungarian Academy of Science. Deputy secretary of Hungarian Scientific and Enterprises Society. Key opinion leader of  unorthodox economy theory. Honorary and visiting professor at Szent Istvan University, Kaposvar University, Sorbonne, Fed, BoE and Minzu University. Awarded to Wekerle Sandor Scientific Lifetime Achievement for school fonder activity in economy.  Lentner.Csaba@uni-nke.hu, www.lentnercsaba.com

Olga Gyarfasova is a Slovak political scientist, has PhD. degree. She is Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava. She graduated in sociology and holds PhD. in political science. She focuses on electoral studies, political culture, EU integration in the perspective of public opinion and attitudes, social and cultural impact of migration, and patterns of voting behaviour in Slovakia. She is author of numerous articles and books. Among the most recent ones are: EU ante portas or is there a new division line in Slovak politics? in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (42), 3, and Nationalists ”Selling” EU, in: Constructing and communicating EUrope (Gyarfasova/Liebhart, eds.), LIT Verlag, 2014.olga.gyarfasova@gmail.com

Grigorij Meseznyikov is a political scientist, president of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO). He is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts at Moscow State University (MGU). Between 1983 and 1993, he worked at Comenius University in Bratislava; from 1993 to 1997, he served at the Political Science Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is a founding member of IVO, which he joined full-time in June 1997. In 1999, he became the Institute’s president. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries. He has co-edited and co-authored a number of books, including the Global Reports on Slovakia (1995 – 2011), the annually published comprehensive analysis of country’s development in all relevant sectors of society. He was a key author of the report on Slovakia in Nations in Transit, published by Freedom House (1998–2014).meseznikov@gmail.com

György Szapáry is a Hungarian leading economist. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 1965-1966, he worked at the EU Commission in Brussels. From 1966 to 1990, he worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., while between 1990 and 1993 he was the IMF’s Senior Resident Representative in Hungary. Between 1993 and 2007, with a short break as Adviser to the Governor, he was Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Hungary. In 2008-2010, he was visiting professor of economics at the Central European University in Budapest and served as a member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank, the largest Hungarian commercial bank.  From June 2010 to January 2011, he served as Chief Economic Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. From January 2011 to January 2015, he was the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States. Currently he is Chief Adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Hungary. He is the author of numerous professional articles and editor of two books dealing with economic issues.  He is doctor honoris causa of the University of Miskolc, Hungary, and the recipient of the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. szaparygy@mnb.hu

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, Research Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Professor Emeritus at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, founder of its Institute for Legal Philosophy, acknowledged as “Place of Excellence”. A laureate of Széchenyi Prize, the highest honour in scholarship in his country. His overall interest has ever ranged from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his fourteen authored and nineteen edited books in English/German—the majority of which are made available on he is the author of Jogrendszerek, jogi gondolkodásmódok az európai egységesülés perspektívájában (Magyar körkép – európai uniós összefüggésben) [Legal systems, legal mentalities in the perspective of European unification: Hungarian overview – in an European Union context] (Budapest 2009) and »…csak múlásunk törvény…« Varga Csaba jogfilozófussal beszélget Mezei Károly [»…only our passing away is a law…« A legal philosopher’s interview] (Budapest 2012). As to topics related to transition to rule of law and transitional justice mainly, he is a regular author of the CEPSR since No. 27 on. varga@jak.ppke.hu

Péter Krisztián Zachar is a Hungarian historian and college professor, head of Department for International Relations and History at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. His major field of research is the history of the 19th and 20th century in Central Europe, the genesis and history of advocacy organisations, especially chambers, the theoretical background of modern social partnership, the catholic social thought. He deals with the current state of economic partnership-organisations, chamber advocacy work in Hungary and Europe. His latest publications are: Gazdasági válságok, társadalmi feszültségek, modern válaszkísérletek Európában a két világháború között. L’Harmattan, Budapest, 2014; Zachar P. K. – Strausz P.: Die Situation der Wirtschaftskammern in Ungarn vor und nach der Beseitigung der Pflichtmitgliedschaft. In: Kammern in einem sich wandelnden Umfeld. Hrsg. Harald Eberhard – Ulrich E. Zellenberg. Jan Sramek Verlag KG. Wien, 2014. 206-230.zacharpeter@web.de

Lia Pop is one of the most important professor of political science in current Romanian social science. She is a Ph.D. Professor at the University of Oradea, Faculty of History, International Relations, Political Sciences and Communication Sciences. She is author of several books of political philosophy such as: Political Leaders. An Illustrated Theory; A Vote for the European Parliament (2005); Communication and Political Discourse (2010); On President in Democracy (2014). popmarialia@yahoo.com
Mariana Kofler is a Romanian student in Journalism, in Oradea University, Romania.