Our Identity Crisis

Delineating the boundary between "post-communist" and "democratic"

22 November 2018

Martin Ehl

Senior Associate

In Central Europe, the last few days have offered insight into the all too common and unfortunate problems shared by the former communist countries.

A corruption scandal broke out in Poland when it was revealed that the Chairman of Poland’s Financial Supervision Authority had supposedly solicited a troubled bank-owner for a bribe in order to avoid severe financial penalties.

In Slovakia, the police summoned the organisers of anti-government demonstrations for questioning after receiving an anonymous “tip” that informed authorities about a planned coup, supposedly assisted by none other than George Soros, of course.

Viktor Orbán’s diplomats smuggled the former Macedonian Prime Minister out of his country to avoid a criminal trial; he had been under house arrest after allegations of corruption had been brought against the politician. Instead of facing the charges, he has now applied for asylum in Budapest.

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Martin Ehl

Senior Associate

Visegrad Insight Senior Associate. Martin Ehl is the Chief Analyst at Hospodářské noviny (Economic daily)

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