Winning By Losing In the EU

Three reasons for and against the V4's successful strategy in influencing the decisions of the top EU positions

3 July 2019

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Today the illiberal leaders from CE are cheering, tomorrow they may be lamenting.

Their victory may be shorter lived than any proponents in the V4 capitals would be willing to admit.

Three reasons why the V4 is content with the newly appointed leadership of the EU

1. The V4 prime ministers are relieved that Frans Timmermans was not appointed. Therefore, they can triumphantly claim that the “EU has been defended from the great evil of inquisition” on the grounds of rule of law, much owed to the united veto from the Visegrad Group and Italy.

Zoltan Kovacs summed up the collective narrative of Budapest and Warsaw: “we have put on the EU table a package that is winning acceptance among a growing number of member countries: the Visegrad Four support German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen as the next EU Commission president.”

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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