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

Fraud case Babiš: In Czechia a state attorney has halted the a fraud investigation against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The case concerns the illegal use of an EU subsidy for the construction of a conference centre a decade ago. The attorney, who has been overseeing the case for four years, has changed his legal opinion in the final decision. However, this is still subject to revision by a senior state attorney. Reuters

Polish Vice President at EIB: Visegrad/Insight has learnt that the Polish Minister for Investment and Development Jerzy Kwieciński is being considered for the position of next Vice President at the European Investment Bank.

Polish opposition chooses PM candidate: In a surprise move, Poland’s biggest opposition party Civic Platform has picked former parliamentary speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blońska as its candidate for prime minister in next month’s election. She has been an MP since 2005 and also previously served as government spokeswoman. Financial Times

Slovak MP has seat revoked: The Supreme Court of Slovakia found Milan Mazurek, MP for the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia, guilty for hate speech about the Roma community. “The law stipulates that a Slovak MP automatically loses a seat in the parliament after being convicted of a deliberate crime.” Slovak Spectator

EU fund irregularities beset Hungary: The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has singled out Hungary for the highest number of closed investigations into the misuse of EU funds. OLAF recommended to the EU commission the total recovery of 37 million euros to the EU budget. EUObserver

WWII anniversary: European and international leaders gathered in Warsaw on 1 September to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII. In his speech, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked for forgiveness for “Germany’s historical guilt.” Deutsche Welle

V4 in the European Commission: Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is set to unveil her new College of Commissioners early next week. The designate of Czechia, Věra Jourová, is rumoured to have been offered the rule of law portfolio. Emerging Europe

Dr Quincy R. Cloet is Managing Editor of Visegrad Insight


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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