If the Freedom Party enters government after the election, convergence with populists in the Visegrad Group may increase, but the big parties will prevent any major shift.
Zapad shows the progress that has been made in rebuilding Russia’s military strength – and the extent to which Putin is relying on hype and hyperbole to make up for the rest.
2017, so far, has been the best year for Central European equities since 2012, while the Russian index has been the worst performing major stock market.
Diplomats at the G20 summit in Hamburg managed to cobble together a compromise text promising not to resort to trade protectionism, but whether this will eliminate the threat of trade wars remains to be seen.
American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.