V4+ Security: Strengthening the Eastern Frontier of the V4: Bratislava Roundtable

On Wednesday, March 1st, the GLOBSEC Policy Institute's (GPI) Defence and Security Programme experts hosted more than a dozen of international security experts from 4 counties

Cracks Appearing

By Milan Nič. Photo: Reuters|Laszlo Balogh.
25. Jan 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Central Europe

Viktor Orbán has been in preaching mode recently. Hungary’s prime minister no longer complains about Germany’s “moral imperialism,” as he did at the peak of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. He now enthusiastically frames 2017 as “a year of revolt” within the EU: He sees the upcoming series of crucial elections in Western European countries as a great opportunity to get rid of their old political elites, hoping for an end to the liberal order in Europe – and for a greater role for a new elite, one in tune with his ideas.

Milan Nič's comments in the Budapest Beacon

By Public Relations. Photo: The Budapest Beacon.
14. Dec 2016  |  Central Europe  |  In the media

Lili Bayer from the Budapest Beacon interviewed several experts from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to analyse relations and cooperation of the Vise

Uncanny under-performer: fixing V4 innovation gap

By Maciej Kuziemski. Photo: International Visegrad Fund.
25. Oct 2016  |  Central Europe
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has experienced unparalleled GDP growth in recent decades, nearly doubling the growth of the Eurozone in 2015, mainly through multinational companies’ investments and generous EU structural funds, yet has only slightly climbed the global value chain ladder. As multinational companies tend to flock to CEE due to rising labour costs, there seem to be a wide-spread consensus between political elites that it is high time to develop systemic instruments that will aid the development of knowledge based economy in the region. Although bridging the development gap between CEE and Western Europe may be unrealistic, raising the region’s capacity to innovate might as well serve as a one step towards achieving this goal. One obvious circumstance that can bear tremendous effects for region’s development is unveiling of the long-anticipated European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy (DSM). The author tries to examine what are the regions’ challenges and sweet spots as well as propose concrete policy interventions, in particular for the Visegrad Group countries.

Rzeczpospolita and Maidan: How official Russian media inform about Central Europe

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo: Flickr|streetwrk.com licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

“Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine confirmed the civilizational choice of its citizens. By removal of oligarchic kleptocratic regime which was supported by Kremlin and by claim to join the united Europe Ukrainians have sent a clear signal how they see the fate of their country.

The Czech Republic: Migration trends and political dynamics

By Magda Faltová. Photo: Flickr| European Parliament. Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
14. Oct 2016  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Migration  |  Studies

The following report outlines migration trends and the political dynamics on this issue in Czech Republic, particularly in light of the outbreak of the migration crisis in the summer of 2015. This article is part of the Visegrad Migration Series. 

Milan Nič's comments on Hungarian referendum in POLITICO

By Public Relations. Photo: Flickr|Moyan Brenn. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

On October 2, 2016 Hungary held the referendum on the plan of the European Union to relocate refugees in Europe using quotas.

Milan Nič quoted by BBC

By Public Relations. Photo: Flickr|Miroslav Petrasko, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
13. Sep 2016  |  Central Europe, European Union  |  V4  |  In the media
Under the Slovak Presidency, Bratislava will host an informal EU summit on the 16th September 2016, which should launch discussion about the future of the European Union.

GLOBSEC Trends: Central Europe under the fire of propaganda

GLOBSEC Policy Institute (formerly the Central European Policy Institute) carries out research, analytical and communication activities related to Russia‘s efforts to increase its influence in Europe, including the impact of strategic communication and propaganda aimed at changing the perception and attitudes of the general population in Central European countries.

Hungary: Migration trends and political dynamics

By Attila Juhász. Photo: Rebecca Harms | Flickr. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0.
6. Jul 2016  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Migration

The Hungarian government has introduced a referendum on the migration relocation scheme, which will be held on October 2, 2016. Citizens will vote on the following question: “Do you want the European Union to be entitled to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of parliament?” Although the mandatory relocation mechanism, pushed through via a qualified majority vote at the JHA Council last September, is also opposed by other Visegrad countries, a national referendum on this issue has only been proposed in Hungary. The following report outlines migration trends and the political dynamics on this issue in Hungary, particularly in light of the outbreak of the migration crisis in the summer of 2015.

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