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

Czech-China Relations: Czechia granted protection to eight Taiwanese suspects this week, reversing a January court decision to deport them to China. The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs praised the move; the Czech government sited the possibility of inhumane treatment or possible capital punishment for the suspects as the reason for their reversal. Taipei Times

UN Critical of Budapest: The U.N. special rapporteur on migrant rights, Felipe Gonzalez Morales, criticised the Hungarian government for violating the human rights of asylum seekers being held in border facilities. Morales went on to denounce the notion that security concerns could be used as a pretense to override human rights. The Washington Post

Rule of Law in Poland: “The European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges… The Polish authorities now have 2 months to take the necessary measures to comply with this reasoned opinion. If Poland does not take appropriate measures, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.” EU 

Kuciak Fallout: “Former journalist-turned-spy Peter Tóth…told the police about contacts between Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik and the businessman Norbert Bödör,” in which they both appear to be on very friendly terms. This is in relation to the case of Marian Kočner, who is charged with ordering the murder of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee. Slovak Spectator

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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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