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



Over the past several years, it has become ever more apparent that the post-Cold War era of democratic reform, socio-economic development and Western integration in Central Europe is coming to an end. Five scenarios for 2025 map possible futures for the region and encourage a debate on the strategic directions.

Visegrad Insight is published by the Res Publica Foundation. This special edition has been prepared in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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