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Sep 23, 2016

BBC to hold political debate in Hungary following referendum result

As part of a series of debates across Europe, the BBC World Service will host the show focused around Hungary's migrant stance and the issues migration has on Europe as a whole

The BBC is holding a political debate following the October 2 referendum result at the Corvinus University of Budapest on October 5, it has been reported.

As part of a series of debates across Europe, the BBC World Service will host the show focused around Hungary's migrant stance and the issues migration has on Europe as a whole.

In a Budapest edition of the BBC World Questions series, Jonathan Dimbleby will ask members of the public to put questions to a panel of politicians and thinkers to debate the issues affecting Hungary along with the general situation of post-Brexit Europe today.

The panel includes Zoltán Kovács, government spokesperson, Zsuzsanna Szelényi, MP of the opposition Together (Együtt) party, János Csák, business leader and former Hungarian ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, a Greek expert on the European Union.

“Sixty years after the Hungarian Uprising against Soviet control, ʼBBC World Questions: Europe and Hungaryʼ will ask what Hungary’s future is within the Union and how the country should respond to an EU in crisis,” a BBC statement notes.

“The BBC World Service is the home of international debate, and this time we are bringing World Questions to Budapest in the wake of an important vote on EU migrant plans,” said Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English.

BBC World Questions is an English-language event, and the debate will be led entirely by questions from the audience, and recorded for international radio broadcast by the BBC World Service.

Anyone wishing to join the debate as part of the audience should apply for free tickets here.