The State of Central Europe after the December EU Summit

V4 Perspectives Following the Rule of Law Compromise

17 December 2020

In our weekly podcast, we ask the question about the state of Central Europe after the last EU summit. Just before the negotiations, Victor Orbán and Mateusz Morawiecki along with Jaroslaw Kaczyński were threatening to veto the next Multi-annual Financial Framework and the European Recovery Fund. While the leaders of both countries were telling the story of Central European unity and support, in fact, we also heard vocal opposition to the veto from other countries in the region.

While the V4 does not need a coherent voice on every possible political initiative (and it is often just a platform for consultation), the nature of cooperation between these countries remains a valid question, especially after two V4 members were threatening the vital interests of everyone else against common sense and acceptable norms.

Views from across Central Europe are provided by Marcin Zaborowski (Res Publica Nowa), Zuzana Stuchlíková (Europeum), Bogdan Góralczyk (Warsaw University), Edit Zgut (Visegrad Insight Fellow) and Tomáš Strážay (SFPA).

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