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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the four Central European countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Poland will be a test case of how to reconquer the state and rebuild a liberal democracy

February 22, 2024

Liberals are fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of the PiS system if they believe Donald Tusk should tread water.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Orban folds after EU leaders call his bluff

February 3, 2024

The European Council Summit this week was a comprehensive defeat for Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Slovakia can't afford another four wasted years

December 11, 2023

It already looks clear that Robert Fico’s new government will not prioritise economic reform, and will once again just tread water.

VISEGRAD BLOG: What to do about Hungary?

December 6, 2023

If the EU releases funding to Hungary in return for Orban permitting accession talks with Ukraine, populists inside the EU and in countries queuing to join will take home the message that the bloc’s democratic credentials are just a charade.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Europe's populist surge can still be contained

November 27, 2023

Hungarian premier Viktor Orban rejoices in 'winds of change' after victory of Geert Wilders’ radical right-wing Freedom Party in the Dutch general election.

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