Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the four Central European countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
September 25, 2022
But the Hungarian strongman may struggle both to exploit the cost of living crisis and to unite Europe's resurgent radical right, particularly if the Russian-Ukraine war grinds on.
September 8, 2022
Last weekend 70,000 protesters gathered on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague to demonstrate against the rising cost of living and demanded a rapprochement with Russia. Will demonstrations spread across Europe as the crisis gets worse?
August 29, 2022
Slovakia looks set for 18 months of political chaos before the next general elections, at a time when the government has to cope with the cost of living crisis and growing fatigue with the cost of supporting neighbouring Ukraine against Russia.
August 24, 2022
Corruption remains a regular complaint of investors as well as a huge domestic political issue that saps confidence in democracy and boosts populist movements.
July 10, 2022
Robert Fico has been able to dominate Slovakia for the past two decades precisely because the centre-right has been so bitterly divided, often more over personalities than over ideology.