Welcome to MCC Budapest Summit on Patriotism

Mathias Corvinus Collegium
Danube Institute
Patriotic Talks
Intellectual Online Event Series

Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) runs a ground-breaking initiative by organizing international conferences under the title of „MCC Budapest Summit”. These intellectual summits are held annually on different topics, and bring the most famous thinkers, opinion leaders, decision makers to one discussion table.

During March 2019 the summit issue was migration, however this year the pandemic situation has already impeded us form organizing similarly huge events. Therefore, as an adaption to the changing circumstances, instead of a conference, in November 2020 the MCC and the Danube Institute launched an international series of online talks on the theme of patriotism that takes five weeks.  


Patriotic Talks: Fifth video


Patriotic Talks: Teaser video




Secretary of State for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program

Born in Les Lilas, France, on March 4, 1979, he received a master's degree in geology from Eötvös Loránd University in 2002 and a doctorate in earth sciences from the University of Virginia in 2006. In 2013, he passed the foreign affairs examination and then the consular examination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a political advisor to the Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary factions, and from 2012 to 2013 as a political adviser to the Prime Minister's Office. He served as a diplomat at the Hungarian Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv from 2013 to 2017, then became head of department at the Ministry of Human Capacities, where in 2017 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of State for the Aid of the Persecuted Christians, under the Prime Minister’s Office from May 2018. From September 2018, he is the Secretary of State for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Program in the Prime Minister's Office.

He speaks English and French. Married, father of 3 children.

President, Edmund Burke Foundation

David Brog is the executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, an organization launched in 2015 to combat the delegitimization of Israel on college campuses and beyond.    

Before joining the Maccabees, Brog served as the executive director of Christians United for Israel from its founding in 2006 until 2015.  Prior to CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate where he was chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

In 2007, the Forward newspaper listed Brog in its "Forward 50" most influential Jews in America. In 2017, the Algemeiner newspaper listed Brog as one of the “Algemeiner Jewish 100.”  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Brog is the author of Reclaiming Israel’s History: Roots, Rights and the Struggle for Peace (2017), In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010) and Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006).

Prime Minister of Ireland (1994-1997)

John Bruton is a former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), who helped transform the Irish economy into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. John Bruton was also deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. John Bruton was first elected to the Irish Parliament in 1969 at the age of 22 as a member of the Fine Gael Party. He has served as Ireland’s Minister for Finance (1981-1982 and 1986-1987), Minister for Industry & Energy (1982-1983); Minister for Trade, Commerce & Tourism (1983-1986); and was Parliamentary Secretary (Junior Minister) from 1973-1977.

In 1990 Bruton became Party Leader of the Fine Gael Party and led it into government in 1994.

In 1996, when Ireland held the EU Presidency, Prime Minister Bruton helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact which governs the management of the Euro. He also helped draft the European Constitution, signed in Rome on October 29, 2004. In 2004 he was appointed as EU Commission Head of Delegation in the United States for a five-year term until October 2009.

He was Chairman of IFSC, a private-sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland from 2010 to 2015.

Currently, he is a member of the boards of Ingersoll Rand, the Irish Diaspora Loan Origination Fund, PIMCO Ireland based funds, the Irish Institute for International and European Affairs, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. He is chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Body of Deloitte in Ireland. Additionally, he acts as an advisor to Fair Observer, focusing mainly on the areas of politics, finance, and economics, as well as on issues pertaining to Europe.

Founder and Editor, American Greatness

Chris Buskirk is the publisher and editor of American Greatness. He is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and has written for The Washington Post, The Spectator, Mandiner, USA Today, The Hill, The New Criterion, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News, NPR’s Morning Edition, the PBS Newshour, and regularly appears on CNN. He was named "One of the 50 People Changing The Game in Washington" by National Journal. He is the author of the book, Trump vs The Leviathan and, along with Seth Leibsohn, American Greatness: How Conservatism, Inc. Missed the 2016 Election & What the Establishment Needs to Learn. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing.

Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Prof. Dr. David Engels (1979) is chair of Roman History at the University of Brussels (ULB) and currently works as research professor at the Instytut Zachodni in Poznań, Poland. Author and editor of numerous scholarly books and papers on ancient history, reception history, the philosophy of history and modern conservatism, he is chiefly known through his monograph "Le déclin" (2013), where he compared the crisis of the EU to the decline and fall of the Roman Republic in the 1st c. B.C., and his two newest books, "Renovatio Europae" (2019) and "Was tun?" (2020).

Editor-in-Chief, European Conservative

He previously worked for Bridge News in South America, the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong, and The Wall Street Journal in Brussels. He has also worked as an editor and speechwriter for various multilateral organizations. He studied philosophy and religion at Dartmouth College, and earned graduate degrees in international development, journalism, and public policy in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.

National Secretary of the Family of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil

Graduate degree in Law at the University of São Paulo (USP). Master’s degree in Philosophy of Law at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Doctor’s degree in Philosophy of Law at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Visiting professor and researcher on Legal and Philosophical Anthropology at Harvard University. Certified in public examination to teach Roman Law (UFPR) and Introduction to the Philosophy of Law (UFRGS). Ex-partner at the Gandra Martins Law Firm. Member at the Superior Council of Law in FECOMERCIO. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. Member of the Legal Letters Academy of São Paulo. Professor at the CEU Law School. President of the Ives Gandra Institute of Law, Philosophy and Economy. National Secretary of the Family at the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil at the present moment.

Founder and President, Naziona Futura

Francesco Giubilei is an author, publisher,and professor based in Italy. He is the president of the Italian conservative foundation Fondazione Tatarella and the founder of the Italian conservative think tank Nazione Futura, a writer for the newspaper Il Giornale and a professor at the University G. Fortunato of Benevento. Giubilei was recently included in Forbe's list of 100 most influential youths in Italy under 30. He is the author of six books. The History of European Conservative Thought is his first book to be published in English.

Member of the Swiss Parliament (National Council)

Andreas Glarner is a National Council Member of the Swiss Parliament and he is President of the Switzerland-Hungary Parliamentary Intergroup. Further he is the President of the Political Institutions Committee (PIC) of the National Council. He is also Member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP: Schweizerische Volkspartei), responsible for Asylum and Migration, and he is President of the SVP Aargau. 

He is an entrepreneur, founded two companies (Airproduct and Careproduct) that are now part of international groups.

Andreas Glarner was born in 1962 on the 9th of October in Glarus (Switzerland) and he now lives in Oberwil-Lieli, Kanton Aargau.

Managing Partner, Logan Circle Group and Advisory Board Member, Donald J. Trump for President Campaign Team

Harlan Hill is a Republican political consultant and commentator seen on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and Sky News.

Hill is the Managing Partner of Logan Circle Group, a public relations and political consulting firm advising tech startups, high-profile individuals and select political projects. Hill’s political practice has advised more than 120 political campaigns on 4 continents in addition to Fortune 500 companies including American Airlines, AT&T and Cisco.

Upon the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump in January 2017, Hill was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Trump-Pence 2020 re-election campaign. Hill was previously a national surrogate for the Trump-Pence 2016 campaign and the founder of Democrats for Trump.

After leaving Democratic politics in 2014, Hill founded the Washington, DC-based startup, TallyVoting. At Tally, Hill built a team focused on disrupting the $35 billion election technology and voting machine market. Under Hill’s leadership, the company pioneered the adoption of low-cost hardware and a SaaS delivery model as an alternative to the United States’ antiquated election infrastructure.

Hill started his political career as a Democratic consultant. He was a Partner at Indigo Strategies, where he led the digital practice for the firm. At Indigo, Hill ran United States federal campaigns and worked extensively in the 2014 European Union elections for the pan-European political party, PES, and its candidate for President of the European Commission, Martin Schulz.

Hill got his first taste of politics working in the UK Parliament at age 15. He worked his first campaigns the following year in Liverpool on the data and field operation of the Liberal Democrat party and back home on local races in South Carolina.


President, Freedom Institute in Warsaw

Igor Janke is the President of an independent think tank The Freedom Institute of Warsaw and partner at R4S, a Polish communication consultancy company which has recently opened its office in Budapest. He launched the blogging platform Salon24.pl for which he had interviewed i.e. President Barack Obama. He’s the author of several books, including Forward!: The Story of Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán.

Executive Director, Civic Institute in Prague

He graduated MD at the Charles University, Prague (1996); has been a fellow of the Krieble Institute, Washington, D.C. (1993), the Acton Institute, MI (2001) and the Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, CA (2007).

He was International Secretary of ODA, a political party (1994-98), and an Assistant to a Senator (2001-04) in the Czech Republic.

In addition to that, he was Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (Human Rights and Foreign Policy, 2010-12), Adviser to the Lord Mayor of Prague (2012-14), and Adviser to the Member of the European Parliament (2017).

In addition to being the Executive Director of the Civic Institute, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Economics, Prague, and at the private college Cevro Institute, in Prague.

He is an author of several books and essays on political philosophy and public policy, a contributor to Czech and Slovak media, and a regular columnist for the Czech daily Lidové noviny, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Aspen Review Central Europe.

(Among his books are The Revolt Against the Revolution of the 20th Century on political thought of Frank S. Meyer, and No, Mr. Prime Minister! on experience of being an adviser to the Prime Minister.)

Roman Joch is a member of The Philadelphia Society and of the Center for European Renewal.

Founding Editor, American Affairs

Julius Krein is the editor of American Affairs, a quarterly journal of policy and political thought. Prior to founding American Affairs, he was an investment analyst at various private equity and hedge funds. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, and other publications, and he is a frequent guest on NBC, CNN, and Fox News.

Head of International Relations, Disenso

Eduardo Fernández Luiña is Head of Studies and head of the International Area at the Fundación DISENSO. Eduardo has combined his life as associate professor at the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations (EPRI) at the Francisco Marroquín University with working in different think tanks. He has actively collaborated with the Centre for the Analysis of Public Decisions (CADEP), Liberty Fund, the FAES Foundation and he has been Director of the Juan de Mariana Institute in Madrid. For years, he has specialized in Ibero-American politics, studying everything related to the quality of democracy and public policies.

Author, Journalist, Correspondent to the BBC and Sky News for decades

Tim Marshall was Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News. After thirty years’ experience in news reporting and presenting, he left full time news journalism to concentrate on writing and analysis.

He has written six books, including Prisoners of Geography - a NewYork Times Bestseller and #1 Sunday Times bestseller which has now sold more than one and half million copies worldwide and is published in 21 countries; Worth Dying For - The Power & Politics Of Flags released in 2016, and Divided - Why We Are Living In An Age Of Walls, which was published in 2018.

Marshall began his career in journalism with three years as IRN's Paris correspondent and extensive work for BBC radio and TV, after which he joined Sky News. Reporting from Europe, the USA and Asia, Tim became Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem.

He reported from more than 30 countries including many conflict zones. He spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade, where he was one of the few western journalists who stayed on to report from one of the main targets of NATO bombing raids. In recent years he covered the conflicts in Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.

Marshall’s first book, Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, was a bestseller in former Yugoslavia and continues to be one of the most highly regarded accounts of that period. His next book, The Power of Geography, is due out in the spring of 2021.

Minister of Defense of Italy (2001-2006)

Antonio Martino is an Italian politician, the founding member of Forza Italia, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and Minister of Defense from 2001 to 2006.

Born December 22, 1942, at Messina, he obtained a J.D. in Jurisprudence from the University of Messina Law School in 1964, then undertook postgraduate studies in Economics at The University of Chicago from 1966 – 1968, where he was a student of the renowned Milton Friedman.

A professor since 1976, Martino has held chairs at the universities of Messina, Bari, Naples and at Rome’s La Sapienza. Since 1992, he has been a full-time professor of Economics in the Political Science Department at the LUISS University of Rome. He has also served as president of the Mont Pélerin Society, an international society of classical liberals, founded in 1947 by Nobel Prize Winner Friedrich A. Hayek.

The author of 17 books and over 150 papers and articles on economic theory and policy, Martino is a frequent contributor to Italian and international magazines, newspapers, television and radio programs. Antonio Martino and his wife Carol have two daughters.

Associate Editor, The Spectator

Douglas Murray is a British author and journalist. Contributor and Associate Editor at The Spectator. He has also written regularly for numerous other outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Sun, The Evening Standard and The New Criterion. He is a regular contributor to National Review and has been a columnist for Standpoint magazine since its founding.

His first book came out in 2000 while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. Since then he has published three more full-length books – on politics, history and current affairs – as well as shorter works on free speech and defence. Including the bestsellers, The Strange Death of Europe and The Madness of Crowds.

A prolific debater, Murray has spoken on a variety of prominent platforms, including at the British and European Parliaments and the White House.

Minister Without Portfolio Responsible for Families

Katalin Novák is a mother of three children, a wife. Minister without Portfolio Responsible For Families, Vice President of Fidesz responsible for international affairs, Member of the Hungarian Parliament.

Since 2014, she has been representing the affairs of Hungarian families, young people and the elderly as the State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities, since October 2020 as the Minister. As a mother and responsible for the demographic aspirations of the Hungarian government, her aim is to facilitate the birth of desired children, to strengthen families raising children, to support young people about to start a family and to encourage intergenerational cooperation. She started the concept of the Year of Families in 2018, the organization of the biennial Budapest Demographic Summit, the development of internationally recognized opportunities such as the Baby Waiting Support, the PIT exemption for mothers with four children, the Home Creation Program, and the development of creche. As a female politician, it is very important to her that women should not have to give up starting a family even if professional life is important to them. She is a founding member and president of the Women for Hungary Club. From 1 October 2020, as Minister without Portfolio for Families, she will be responsible for strengthening  families.

In addition to her governmental activities, she is also the Vice President for Foreign Affairs of FIDESZ - Hungarian Civic Association. She is President of the Political Network for Values and Vice President of the International Women’s Democrat Union.

She holds a degree in economics from the Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration, and a degree in Community and French law from the University of Szeged and the Université Paris X. She has also lived and worked in the United States, France and Germany. In addition to her mother tongue, she is fluent in English, French and German and conversational Spanish.

She received several awards for her work: in 2020 she was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, in 2019 the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Honor of France and in the same year she was also awarded the Popovics Prize. The Hungarian Scientific Society for Family and Women’s Protection awarded her the Pro Familiae Hungariae Award, the National Association of Large Families NOE Award, the Association of Hungarian Nurseries the Akócsi Award, the Association Plataforma per la Família Catalunya Luchador the la Familia Award.

Minister of Interior of Spain (1996-2001)

Jaime Oreja comes to us from Spain. He was the Minister of Interior of the Spanish People’s Party government led by José María Azrnar from 1996 to 2001. From 1984 to 2004 he also served as a Member of the Basque Parliament. Between 2004 and 2014 Oreja was a Member of the European Parliament, where he held several senior positions in the European People’s Party. Due to his party’s political strategy against the Basque terrorist organization ETA, he was involved in significant debates with the leadership, so he decided not to run in the 2014 European elections. He has been keeping himself away from public life ever since.

Chancellor, Archdiocese of Florence

Rev. Fr. Mario Alexis Portella is Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence and priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. He holds a B.A. in government and politics from St. John’s University in New York, and an M.A. in medieval history from Fordham University. He also received doctorates in canon law and in civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He is the co-author of Abyssinian Christianity: The First Christian Nation? The History and Identity of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians (2012) and Ethiopian and Eritrean Monasticism: The Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Two Nations (2015). His most recent book is Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up (2018). His writings have appeared on The American Thinker, The European Conservative and Il Mantello della Giustizia.

Author, Radio&TV Host, Founder of PragerU

Dennis Prager is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio talk show host in the USA and co-founder of the Internet phenomenon, PragerU.

A sought-after speaker and frequent cable news show guest, Dennis has lectured all over the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia. His best-selling books include Think a Second Time, Happiness is a Serious Problem and Still the Best Hope: Why American Values Must Triumph. He is currently working on a five-volume commentary on the Bible. The first two volumes, Genesis: God, Creation and Destruction and Exodus: God, Slavery and Freedom have become New York Times best-sellers. The third volume, Deuteronomy, will be released in spring 2021. In 2019 he co-starred with comedian Adam Carolla, in a highly praised documentary on college speech codes, No Safe Spaces.

His non-profit media venture, PragerU has become one of the most influential educational media sites in the world. In 2019 alone, PragerU had over 1 billion views on YouTube and Facebook. Over 60% of its viewers are under 35. In addition to Dennis, faculty members include Walter Williams, Arthur Brooks, Steve Forbes, Kimberly Strassel, Candace Owens, Heather MacDonald, Mike Rowe, Jordan Peterson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Stephen Harper and Ben Shapiro among many others.

Director, European Center for Law and Justice

In 2016, he was appointed member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the OSCE/ODIHR which role is to support OSCE participating States in implementing their commitments on the right to freedom of religion or belief.

Since 2000, he regularly serves as an expert representing the Holy See in committees of the Council of Europe, currently in the Committee of experts on the System of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), under the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH).

Between 2003 and 2012, Grégor Puppinck has lectured human rights, international and constitutional law at the Law School of the Universities of Mulhouse and Strasbourg.

After passing his Master of Law from the Law School of Pantheon-Assas (University Paris II), he graduated from the “Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales” (IHEI) where he specialized in International and European Law (1999). Grégor Puppinck holds his Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled “The Author of the Bioethical Norms”, where he studied the elaboration of the norms at the crossroad of ethical, scientific and legal normativities (Summa cum laude, 2009).

He is the author of several books and numerous legal articles published in several languages.

He has been made Cavaliere della Repubblica by the Italian Government for its services in the Lautsi v Italy case and Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the award of "Humanisme Chrétien" in 2016 for the book "La famille, les droits de l'homme et la vie éternelle" and the Anton Neuwirth award in 2014.

Editor, First Things magazine

R. R. Reno serves as Editor of First Things. He received his PhD in theology from Yale University, and taught theology and ethics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for twenty years. He has published in many academic journals, and his opinion essays have appeared in Commentary, National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times, and other popular outlets. His most recent books include Return of the Strong Gods, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, Fighting the Noonday Devil, Sanctified Vision, and a commentary on the Book of Genesis.

President, Observer Research Foundation

Samir Saran is the President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia’s most influential think tanks. His research focuses on issues of global governance, climate change and energy policy, technology and new media, and India's foreign policy. 

He curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual conference on cybersecurity and internet governance. He spearheads the foundation’s efforts to foster new international partnerships and globalise its platforms. 

Samir is a Commissioner of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, a member of the Regional Action Group of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a part of WEF's Global Future Council on Geopolitics. He also sits on the Board of Microsoft’s Digital Peace Now initiative.  

Samir lectures around the globe and, on occasion, advises investors and enterprises on geopolitical trends in the Indo-Pacific Region. 

Samir’s recent published works include “The New World Disorder And The Indian Imperative” with Shashi Tharoor and “Pax Sinica: Implications for the Indian Dawn” with Akhil Deo. 

Senior Research Fellow, iASK

György András Schöpflin is a Hungarian political scientist, university professor and former member of the European Parliament. He moved to Britain with his family in 1950, where he completed his studies. He graduated M.A. (1960) and then LLB (1962) at the University of Glasgow and then studied for another year at the College of Europe in Bruges.

In 1963 he was a researcher at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, from 1967 to 1976 he was a journalist with the BBC. In 1976 he was appointed lecturer in politics jointly at the London School of Economics and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and was appointed Jean Monnet Professor in 1998, retiring in 2004. From 1984, he was the editor of the journal, the East European Reporter, and received the Prize „For Minorities”. His field of research is nationalism and national identity, as well as the issues and relations of national minorities.

In 2004, he was elected to the European Parliament, and was a member until 2019. He was the responsible member of the People’s Party for the European Parliament’s initiative AGORA. Married, father of three daughters.

Relevant publications: Nations, Identity, Power (2000), The Dillemas of Identity (2010)

Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute

Ilya Shapiro is director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, a think tank dedicated to individual liberty, limited government. free markets, and peace. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at two large law firms in Washington, D.C. Shapiro is the author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court, co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution, and editor of 11 volumes of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He has testified before Congress, federal agencies, and state legislatures, and has filed more than 300 amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in the Supreme Court. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, was an inaugural Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and has been an adjunct law professor at the George Washington University and University of Mississippi. In 2015, National Law Journal named him to its 40 under 40 list of “rising stars.” Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly. He holds degrees from Princeton, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to English, Shapiro speaks Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian—but alas not Hungarian.

Director, Center for Fundamental Rights

35 years of age, lawyer, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights, Hungary. He has been a member of the board of the Center European Press and Media Foundation since 2018 and chairman of the board since 2019. He is the author of numerous Hungarian and foreign language legal and political publications, co-author and co-editor of various books. Married and the father of a daughter and a son.

Director, Salon Beige blog and Les 4 Vérités weekly

Father of 4 children, Guillaume de Thieulloy has a PhD in political science. He runs a group of French conservative media and works as a staffer in the Senate. He wrote several books about the relationship between spiritual and political powers.

Emeritus Professor, Universität des Bundeswehr München

Ruediger Voigt, born in Flensburg, April 7th, 1941.

Study of Law, Public Finance and Political Science, Universities of Kiel and Tuebingen.

Exam to become a lawyer: High Court Schleswig-Holstein (1969).

PhD: University of Kiel (1973).

Assistant, University of Siegen, Political Science (1972-1976).

Assistant Professor, Free University of Berlin, Public Law (1976-1978).

Associate Professor, University of Siegen, Political Science (1978-1990).

Full Professor, University of the Armed Forces Munich, Public Administration (1990-2007).

Guest Professor, University of Sydney, Comparative Law (1991, 1992, 1994).

Guest Professor, University of Siegen, Political Philosophy (2007-2015).


Publications (selected):

State of Emergency (Ausnahmezustand), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2nd edition 2019.

Handbook State (Handbuch Staat), 2 volumes, Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019.

Arrogance of Power (Die Arroganz der Macht), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2018.

Thinking the State (Den Staat denken), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 3rd edition 2016.

Modern State (Der moderne Staat), Wiesbaden, Springer 2015.

Several articles in German and international journals.

Editor of the series “Understanding State” (Staatsverständnisse), Baden-Baden: Nomos, since 2000, 141 Volumes.

Editor of the series “State – Sovereignty – Nation” (Staat – Souveraenitaet – Nation), Wiesbaden, Springer, since 2015.

Chair, Dignitatis Humanae Institute

Luca Giuseppe Volontè, born 11.03.1966. Married once, two daughters. He has received his political science's degree from the University of Milan. Volonté was a member of Italian Parliament between 1996 and 2013; Chairman of EPP-CD Group at PACE (CoE) from 2010 to 2013. Founder and Director of Novae Terrae Foundation until 2017. He has written many books and newspapers comments on various topics, in particular Christian values, Europe, family and demographic policies, religious freedom and freedom of education. He received many international human rights and religious freedom awards, Vatican and States' decorations. Finally, in October 2012, had received the Hungarian Cross of Republic. He was recently appointed as the European Director of the International Family Organization.

Since last July, Mr.Volontè is managing an international website (www.volontereport.com) about pro family, life, religious and education freedom news.

Radio and TV Host, FOX Nation and FOX News

More than a media personality, an activist and a patriot. 

David has been entertaining and informing the public for more than three decades, from music to talk radio, in Boston, Houston, Dallas, New York City, syndication, now satellite radio and television. 

Currently, David hosts “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125 with breaking news, analysis and commentary. He also hosts “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, is a Fox News contributor and columnist at The Hill newspaper.

Throughout his career, David has appeared frequently on radio and television worldwide. He has appeared on CNBC, numerous U.S. television stations, CNN International, BBC Radio, BBC TV, NDTV India, Dutch National TV and KSA2 Saudi Arabia. He has been featured in media outlets in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

David is one of the original founders of the Tea Party movement in America. He co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City, a non-partisan advocacy group for fiscal responsibility. Next, David co-founded Reclaim New York, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focusing on citizen education and activation on affordability, economy and government accountability. David also served on the Commission for the Future of America’s Veterans, during the George W. Bush administration from 2005-2007.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Marines National Foundation and Wounded Warriors Family Support.

Selected Accomplishments

June 2019 recipient of the Retired Detectives of the City of New York ARDY award 

October 2015 recipient of the National Police Defense Foundation’s Excellence in Media Award

January 2015 debated at the Oxford Union defending against the proposition that America is institutionally racist

2012 appeared in the documentary District of Corruption

2012 appeared in the documentary Runaway Slave

December 2011 selected as one of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year ~ The Protester representing the tea party movement

November 2010 listed in About.com’s Satellite Radio’s New School of Conservative Talk Stars

September 2010 named to the Newsweek Inside the Tea Party Top 10


The event is organized by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), which has been involved in talent development for almost twenty-five years and provides free, socially useful trainings across the Carpathian Basin. The trainings go beyond the traditional educational system and are aimed to students from primary and secondary school to higher education or other graduate age groups. MCC is a knowledge centre as well, which, in addition to trainings, intends to participate in the development of public dialogue and culture through its events, conferences, books and public communications. For more details on the institution's diverse range of activities, please visit our website.

MCC supports young people, committed to the country, eager to make a contribution to the local communities and feeling responsible for their fellow-countrymen and the environment, in unleashing their talents – irrespective of their social and cultural circumstances – and in harnessing their talents for their own benefit and later on for the benefit of all Hungarians. 

We allow young people to learn from the most excellent instructors, to be open to the world, be familiar with international processes while being patriots and to represent such values and attitude that are forward-looking and definitive with regards to the fate of the Hungarians living in the Carpathian Basin and the future of the whole of Europe.



Danube Institute 

The Danube Institute was established by the Batthyány Lajos Foundation in 2013 in Budapest, with the aim of encouraging the transmission of ideas and people within the countries of Central Europe and between Central Europe, other parts of Europe, and the English-speaking world.

The Institute itself has been committed from its foundation to three philosophical loyalties: a respectful conservatism in cultural, religious, and social life, the broad classical liberal tradition in economics, and a realistic Atlanticism in national security policy. More recently, we have added a fourth commitment: exploring and extending the related concepts of democracy and patriotism. 

Our methods of developing and transmitting these ideas are research, analysis, publication, debate, and scholarly exchanges. We hope to draw upon the best minds of our day across national boundaries in international forums.

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