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Rule of Law Stars and Troublemakers

Democratic Security Outlook: 26 July- 1 August

Every Monday Visegrad Insight releases a weekly update on key developments in Central Europe from the point of view of democratic security.  Our team monitors for important political, civil society, economy and foreign policy updates and where possible hints at risks and developing scenarios. Currently, we monitor the situation in...

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Ambiguous Identities

CE Europeans Value Their Membership in Western Institutions but Feel like Outsiders

Recent opinion polls in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) show somewhat contradictory results. The majority remains committed to democracy but there are strong sympathies for autocratic leadership, too. Central Europeans value their EU and NATO membership, yet many do not feel to be a part of the Western world, seeing...

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Crossed Wires

Central and Eastern Europeans are Sceptical towards Brussels’ Digital Agenda

There is another East-West rift in the EU, this time dealing with the digital future and rules controlling the internet. Recent events have once again shown Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) that the Transatlantic relationship can be of more use than their union on the continent.

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Populists’ New Judicial Toolkit

Democratic Security Outlook: 19- 25 July

Every Monday Visegrad Insight releases a weekly update on key developments in Central Europe from the point of view of democratic security.  Our team monitors for important political, civil society, economy and foreign policy updates and where possible hints at risks and developing scenarios. Currently, we monitor the situation in...

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The King’s People Return

Bulgaria’s Recent Elections Left the Country With More Questions Than Answers

It appears Boyko Borisov has lost his first election in 13 years, but will the new challenger and former showman, Slavi Trifonov, be able to make a coherent government in line with the anti-corruption movement that propelled him to dethrone the leader, or will politics in Bulgaria be a similar...

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Attacks on the Free Press

If You Do Not Want to End Up Like Hungarian journalists, Listen to These Warnings from One of Them

Hungarian journalist Péter Erdélyi explains why Reporters Without Borders exaggerated the situation in his country but also lists Orbán’s worst offences on media freedom.

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Bifurcating Paths

Far-right Critics of the EU have Less in Common Than They Pose

Besides using the European Union as an imperialist punch bag, Eurosceptic parties gathering at the periphery do not see eye to eye on most foreign policy issues.

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Moldova Votes for a Pro-EU Parliament

Democratic Security Outlook: 12- 20 July

Every Monday Visegrad Insight releases a weekly update on key developments in Central Europe from the point of view of democratic security. Our team monitors for important political, civil society, economy and foreign policy updates and where possible hints at risks and developing scenarios. Currently, we monitor the situation in...

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Western Sanctions on Belarus

The Collective Penalties will have a Long-reaching Economic, Social and Political Impact

Between 21 and 24 June, the EU approved new sanctions against Belarus. In line with suggestions from opposition leaders like Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, they target strategic sectors of the Belarusian economy. The effect on the country’s economy will be harsh, but in the current state of affairs, the current Belarusian political...

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Scenarios for 3 Seas Initiative 2025

This report features four scenarios for the 3 Seas Initiative in 2025 along with actionable recommendations guided by concerns over democratic security. Findings based on workshops and consultations of over a hundred civil society influencers, ambassadors and politicians from all twelve countries.

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