The Double Cross
28 September 2021
Oľga Gyárfášová — Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava — and Grigorij Mesežnikov — a political scientist and president of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) — authored the report for IVO on the V4 publics’ perceptions, which will be released today.
Throughout its existence, the V4 has been a remarkable format of regional cooperation that has faced various unfavourable predictions regarding its future. The mutual relations between V4 member states as well as their relations with the outside world have been affected by a multitude of internal and external factors. But despite all the turbulence, the Visegrad cooperation has been sustained and seems to be going strong.
The future raison d’être of the Visegrad group seems to be closely related to the continuous joint fate of four interconnected nations that have formed part of various state entities throughout history and today exist side-by-side under the conditions of national sovereignty, political freedom, democracy, peace and security guarantees provided by the Euro-Atlantic community.
But equally important to the future fate of the V4 is the interaction of the platform or its individual member states with the EU as a whole or its individual member states.