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V4 rapprochement?

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Commenting on Polish PM Morawieczki’s suggestion that V4 cooperation should be revived, an Eastern Europe expert deems it unlikely that the Visegrad countries (Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland) could reunite diplomatically any time soon. READ MORE

Prospects of Visegrád cooperation

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Left-wing and liberal pundits contend that the Ukraine war has divided the Visegrád Group and frozen Hungarian-Polish diplomatic relations. Conservative analysts, however, are optimistic that the V4 will remain a key regional actor in the EU once the Ukraine war is over. READ MORE

PM Orbán seen as key to right-wing cooperation in Europe

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

A conservative commentator thinks that Prime Minister Orbán can use his experience as well as personal connections to help European right-wing parties overcome ideological gaps and unite in a common platform or even a new EP group. READ MORE

Warsaw Summit concludes with declaration

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

A right-wing commentator sees the joint statement of European right-wing parties in Warsaw as a harbinger of a conservative renaissance. A left-wing pundit, on the other hand, concludes that PM Orbán has failed to unite Europe’s ‘populist far-right’. READ MORE

EU Court poised to dismiss Hungary’s lawsuit on rule of law conditionality

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

As it seems almost certain that the European Court of Justice will enable the European Union to make payments to member countries conditional on rule of law compliance, a pro-government commentator suspects a political design behind that scheme. READ MORE

Poland-Belarus migration crisis escalates

Monday, November 15th, 2021

A pro-government commentator accuses Angela Merkel of complacency towards illegal migration. A liberal MEP lambasts the Polish authorities for not admitting migrants, while, at the same time, calls on the EU to help Poland defend its borders. A moderate columnist is concerned over the humanitarian crisis but has no idea how to resolve it. READ MORE

Belarus/Poland migrant crisis

Friday, November 12th, 2021

A liberal and a conservative commentator accuse Belarus and Russia of using migration as a weapon to blackmail the European Union. A pro-government commentator identifies Angela Merkel’s ‘Willkommenskultur’ rhetoric as the main cause of the current crisis. READ MORE

A conservative view on the clash between Poland and the EU

Friday, November 5th, 2021

A conservative lawyer believes both sides have valid arguments in the dispute over the widely contested ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court in the conflict between national versus European law, as the provisions of the basic treaty of the European Union are not unequivocal. READ MORE

Poland and EU on a crash course

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Left-wing and liberal commentators interpret the latest ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court on a verdict by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) as a declaration of the primacy of Polish over EU law. They deem this an existential threat to the unity of the EU. A liberal legal expert describes the issue as juridically not fully unequivocal. READ MORE

Visegrad 4 collaboration in peril?

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A centrist analyst suspects that the Visegrád alliance will lose steam, after the decision by the Polish Constitutional Court’s to reject the primacy of EU law over national legislation, and the likely end of Andrej Babis’ government in the Czech Republic. READ MORE