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Attitudes to migration as a test for East and West within the EU

Monday, September 18th, 2017

In the heat of the German electoral campaign, Chancellor Angela Merkel has lambasted Hungary for refusing to accept the redistribution of refugees within the European Union. In the light of her comments, Hungarian weeklies wonder how relations between Hungary and the EU, and in a wider context, between   Western and Eastern Europe will evolve over the years to come. READ MORE

Slovakia – V4 outsider/EU insider?

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

A left-wing columnist predicts that Slovakia will ultimately join the mainstream EU countries rather than remaining loyal to the Visegrád 4 group, of which it is a member. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s annual speech at Băile Tușnad

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Commentators sharply disagree on Viktor Orbán’s thesis that the V4 countries represent ‘the future of Europe’. READ MORE

V-4 unity seen as ephemeral

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

A left-wing analyst thinks that although the Visegrád countries unanimously oppose the idea of a multi-speed Europe, in the end Hungary will be left on her own in her relentless opposition to Brussels. READ MORE

PM Orbán defies Brussels on migration quotas

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

A pro-government commentator predicts a long drawn-out confrontation between Brussels and the V4 alliance around the ‘flow’ of migrants into Europe. READ MORE

PM Orbán named man of the year at Krynica Economic Forum

Friday, September 9th, 2016

A conservative columnist interprets PM Orbán’s honor as proof of his successful politics. His left-wing counterpart accuses the Orbán government of using claims of national sovereignty to entrench corruption. READ MORE

The prospects of V4 cooperation

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A regional foreign policy expert wonders whether the Visegrád alliance can be expanded and developed into an even more important platform. READ MORE

Brexit’s fallout on Hungary and the V4

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

A left-wing commentator believes the Hungarian government is ’the spokesman’ of the Visegrád 4 in their confrontation with the EU, while a conservative analyst suggests that Angela Merkel is changing her policies and is steering nearer to the V4. READ MORE

Visegrád countries on collision course with Chancellor Merkel? 

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

As Chancellor Merkel and the V4 states propose divergent plans to stop the flow of migrants, commentators both on Left and Right believe that the rift between the core EU states and Central and Eastern Europe is becoming ever deeper. READ MORE

Visegrád summit calls for a fence on the Macedonian border

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

A pro-government commentator accuses German Chancellor Merkel of “moral imperialism” for opposing the ‘sealing off’ of the Schengen zone to migrants. The leading left-wing daily suggests that leaders of The Visegrád countries are unlikely to support the German Chancellor’s proposals at the EU summit on migration on Thursday. READ MORE