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Democratic Security Outlook 2023: 30 January - 5 February

30 January 2023

Petr Pavel secured the Czech Presidential office in a runoff vote interpreted as a referendum on Czech foreign policy. Slovakia steered towards early elections, and Ursula von der Leyen pledged unconditional support for Ukraine ahead of the summit in Kyiv.

This week on Visegrad Insight:

  • Marco Németh breaks down the Czech election and how populists lost power.
  • Wojciech Przybylski offers a broad overview of what democratic security trends will be shaping the coming year.
  • Jan Farfal and Vukan Markovic show how the US has recaptured the position of chief negotiator in the Western Balkans.
  • Dorka Takacsy looks into Viktor Orban’s education policies and their impact on the Erasmus programme.
  • Matúš Halás gives a rationale for why Czechia should belong to NATO’s nuclear sharing club.
  • Viktoryia Kolchyna delivers insight into the current state of affairs in Belarus.


  • EU-Ukraine Summit to take place on 3 February. Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine has unconditional support from the EU in its effort to prevail in the war against Russia. “We stand by Ukraine without any ifs and buts”, von der Leyen said on Saturday ahead of the Summit to be held in Kyiv in Ukraine.
  • The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council is taking place on 30 January. The Swedish presidency will present its work programme for the period of its presidency.
  • NATO Membership: Finland Yes, Sweden ? Turkish President Erdoğan announced that Ankara will vote to allow Finland into the alliance, but a “shock” is in store for Stockholm.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel’s president Isaac Herzog addressed the European Parliament on January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. EP President Roberta Metsola referred to the Holocaust as the “world’s greatest crime” which shaped the European project and vowed to keep up the “timeless promise” of never again allowing such crime to take place.
  • Kremlin links in controversial protest in Stockholm. A demonstration where a copy of Qur’an was burnt by far-right politician Rasmus Paludan and angered Turkey, already threatening to block Swedish NATO accession, was funded by former RT contributor Chang Frick, Swedish media reported.

Allies opt for unity in their decision to supply tanks to Ukraine



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