From Strategic Partner to Strategic Problem — Downfall of Hungary-Poland Relations

Poland and Hungary's ugly divorce

18 May 2023

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Warsaw and Budapest were illiberal partners in crime before Russia’s full scale invasion, but after 24 February 2022, Hungary-Poland relations have deteriorated into enmity.

Over one year into the war, the rift between Hungary and Poland only deepens. They used to call themselves partners-in-crime who would “steal [European money] horses together” (Kaczyński in 2016). 

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Just three months before the invasion, Warsaw was so head-over-heels in love with Budapest that it hosted an international event for the crème de la crème of pro-Russian political parties, trying in vain to please Hungarians and establish a common political platform.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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