Since 2018 recently came to a close, it seemed appropriate to return to those articles which were the most popular and still relevant for today.

Below find our list of the articles representing each month from the previous year. Click on the red links to view and read the pieces.


January – Czech Politics Between General and Presidential Elections: Stalemate and Chaos –  Vit Dostal

February – One Version For All : Tensions are rising between the Israeli and Polish governments over a new law which criminalises the term “Polish death camps” – Marcin Zaborowski

March – The Fallout of Murder: A SurveyThe killing of a journalist in Slovakia raises questions about the future of democratic consolidation – Balasz Jarabik, Viera Zuborova, Grigorij Meseznikov, Magdalena Vasaryova, Andrej Matisak,

April – Budapest: An Illiberal Bastion Orbán’s decisive victory dispelled any thoughts that Hungary might turn back towards the EU – Galan Dall

May – Showing Orbán the Door: It is in the national interests of Poland to reject the Hungarian leader – Wojciech Przybylski

June – Bulgarian Democracy: Ideals verses reality: The dangers and pitfalls in this damaged political reality – Spasimir Domardzski

July – A Dose of Realism: The EU must reform if it is to survive – John Lloyd

August – Facing Stalemate : Breakthroughs in the rule of law debates for Poland and Hungary are needed to evade a no-win scenario – Edit Zgut

September – The Great Orbán-Salvini Hack : How the European populist radical-right paves its way to power – Daniel Hegedüs 

October – The Next 7 years : Central Europe is at a Historic Juncture – CEFutures, Wojciech Przybylski and Joerg Forbrig

November – Our Identity Crisis : Delineating the boundary between “post-communist” and “democratic” – Martin Ehl

December – Countering Radicalisation and Soft Security #WomenAreNATO: Security and defence used to be a man’s world.- Elżbieta Bieńkowska



The EU is at a critical juncture. For the first time since the launching of European integration, doubts about the future of the EU have been raised by mainstream politicians and large swathes of the European public. Read about four political directions that Europe may follow after the EP elections in 2019.

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