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Democratic Security Outlook: 10- 16 January

10 January 2022

This week on 12 January the NATO-Russia Council will meet to discuss Ukraine, while on 10 January the NATO-Ukraine Commission will meet.

This Week On Visegrad Insight: 

  • Merili Arjakas writes about Estonia’s role in the UN Security Council.
  • Malina Mindrutescu looks at the digital future of Central Eastern Europe.
  • Martin Ehl analyses the removal of the Polish Ambassador to the Czech Republic after 17 days.
  • Gunther Fehlinger comments on the need for the Three Seas Countries to adopt the Euro.

EU/regional:

  • A video meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Friday discussed the security situation in Europe and the common posture of allies ahead of the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, with the ministers finding Russia’s ultimatums to be unacceptable. The meeting of NATO foreign ministers heard detailed briefings from countries that have had diplomatic contacts with Russia in recent weeks and received an update on Russia’s military activities on Ukraine’s borders. The NATO-Russia Council will meet on 12 January. Before that, on 10 January, the NATO-Ukraine Comission will meet.
  • The Czech Republic’s EU Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek expects the defence of EU values to prevail as the main position of the new Czech cabinet on the rule of law crisis in Poland and Hungary. Bek has accused the two Central European capitals for weakening regional cooperation via repeated violations and dividing the Visegrad Group into two camps on the basis of cooperative or conflictual relations with the rest of the EU. Read our commentary on the current state of the V4 format here

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