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Russian influence in Hungary: The case of Paks 2 and the Kremlin’s influence – seeking efforts through nuclear energy

This report analysis the case of Paks 2 and the Kremlin´s influence-seeking efforts through nuclear energy. While many Central and Eastern European countries are trying to cut or at least reduce their energy dependence on Russia, Hungary, in 2014, entered into a nuclear energy deal with the Kremlin that will not only reshape Hungary’s economic and energy policies for decades to come, but serves as a quasi-justification for continuously maintaining political ties at the highest level – even at the expense of Budapest’s Euro-Atlantic orientation.