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    Macron vs Central Europe
    May11

    Macron vs Central Europe

    After the victory of Emmanuel Macron, congratulations arrived from all over the world. Here is a selection of letters and messages from Central Europe: “Your victory is a happy day for all who believe in a united and strong Europe,” President Andrej Kiska of Slovakia wrote in a telegram. Meanwhile, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, stressed...

    The Hungarian Hostage
    May01

    The Hungarian Hostage

    The threat by the Hungarian government to close down the Central European University (CEU), founded by Hungarian-born financier George Soros, has mobilized locals and foreigners alike. In an “in depth assessment,” the EU found that a recent education law was not compatible with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the union is taking legal...

    Caught Unaware and Unprepared
    Apr18

    Caught Unaware and Unprepared

    In 2013, Russian General Valery Gerasimov – currently the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia and the first Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation – published an article describing Russian military thinking and strategies. Known famously as the “Gerasimov’s Doctrine”, it defined information warfare as the...

    Prosperity in the Visegrad Region: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Apr13

    Prosperity in the Visegrad Region: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    By any metric, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland have witnessed extraordinary progress since the fall of their communist regimes at the end of the 1980s. Real per-capita income in Poland, for example, has almost tripled since 1991. Life expectancy in the Czech Republic has gone up by seven years, from 71 years in 1990 to 78 years...

    Is Europeanization losing its sex appeal?
    Apr12

    Is Europeanization losing its sex appeal?

    In late 2008, at the onset of the global economic crisis which put the European Union, and especially its single currency, at the core, a new approach to Europe’s relations with its eastern neighbours was starting to take form. It was in December when the idea of the Eastern Partnership was officially put on paper. The document,...

    Enemies of Europe Never Changed
    Mar24

    Enemies of Europe Never Changed

    Ahead of the Rome Summit Andrew Moravcsik, professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program at Princeton tells Visegrad Insight that the future is going to be multi-track. And that Trump will reverse his negative attitude towards EU. Wojciech Przybylski, Visegrad Insight: At the Heinrich-Böll Foundation international conference...

    Founding Ideas of Visegrad Remain Crucial
    Mar16

    Founding Ideas of Visegrad Remain Crucial

    The Visegrad Group was formed in the 1990s to eliminate the remnants of the communist bloc in Central Europe, to overcome the historic animosities between Central European countries, to accomplish a social metamorphosis and to join both the EU and NATO. So, Visegrad was as much about transformation towards Western liberal democracies and...

    Visegrad governments play into Moscow’s hands
    Mar08

    Visegrad governments play into Moscow’s hands

    The original purpose of the Visegrad initiative was for the four re-emerging Central European democracies to coordinate their pursuit of NATO and EU membership. However, since achieving its primary targets, the V4 has proved unable to coordinate the disparate foreign policies of its members and lacks a clear geopolitical identity. While...

    Trade Wars
    Feb27

    Trade Wars

    Discussions about TTIP demonstrate that after centuries of trade wars, European nations are well aware of how trade agreements can affect their economies. Martin Ehl showcases the changing face of competition through the ages. Central Europe has always been a crossroads of trade, quite often of goods produced elsewhere. Customs and trade rulers...

    The Dismantling of Alliances
    Feb21

    The Dismantling of Alliances

    One year after the victory of the Law and Justice (PiS) party in the parliamentary elections, Poland is facing a multitude of problems many of which stem from the incoherent foreign policy of the ruling party. Whether it be attempting to forge stronger ties with neighbours in the region or trying to assert its “growing” power in Europe, the...

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