Slovakia Treats the Pandemic Unlike the V4

How to Take Measured Political Action

15 September 2020

Martin Ehl & Wojciech Przybylski

For a while, it seemed that the coronavirus would support Visegrad Group cooperation, similarly to the 2015 migration wave. Once more it could have been a protective alliance to resist a political threat, in the absence of a constructive solution.

In turn, it would seem to deepen the feeling of mutual trust and coordination of policies between the rulers of Poland, Hungary, the Czechia and Slovakia.

When Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently closed the Hungarian border, several phone calls from fellow prime ministers were enough, and suddenly the strict ban did not apply to Slovaks, Czechs and Poles but only to other EU nationals.

Disproportionally more difficult

Slavkov Triangle Meeting

But the Slovaks have now decided to disrupt this Visegrad unity and ranked the Czechia among the “red countries” with a record growing number of Covid-19 cases according to its traffic lights system. For Czechs, a trip to the eastern neighbours will be disproportionately more difficult.

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