Below find the highlights from the week as well as stories that will be developing in the near future.

Today is the commemoration of 1944 Warsaw Uprising. As has become tradition, at 17:00 sirens will ring out across the city, all the traffic will stop, and a moment of silence will last for 75 seconds, one for each that has passed.

Budget Issues: The Czech government has hit a snag with their 2020 budget talks as the Social Democrats have rejected the government’s plan, asserting that it is deficient of necessary funds. This will make the situation more tricky for the embattled Prime Minster Babis as it is already the first plan since 2015 which will not create a surplus. Reuters

A Questionable Distinction: Hungarian officials defended their choice to allow the Russian military to pass through its airspace in order to deliver armored vehicles to Serbia, in violation to the EU sanctions against Russia. The Hungarian argument was that the arms were delivered on a civilian aircraft and thus didn’t require a special permit. Politico


Countering the Brain Drain: The Polish government is removing the income tax for young people (until the age of 26) in order to keep their educated masses from fleeing the country for opportunities of abroad. The Times

Defence Contracts: Lockheed Martin has secured an $800 million contract with Slovakia in return for 14 F-16s which will replace their Russian MiG-29s in the coming years. The Defense Post

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Eastern European Futures

In 2009, the European Union and six of its Eastern neighbours launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with the stated aim of building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation. A decade on, however, progress has been mixed.

Visegrad Insight is published by the Res Publica Foundation. This special edition has been prepared in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

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