Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the four Central European countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
April 12, 2022
The Hungarian election has dealt a big blow to the once confident hope that broad opposition pre-electoral coalitions are the best way to remove entrenched authoritarian populists from power.
April 5, 2022
The EU is not likely to back down on the Hungarian authoritarian leader's violations of EU values, and his alliance with Putin will continue to put the frayed relationship under strain.
March 30, 2022
Putin's closest ally in the EU can no longer use the Visegrad Group as a megaphone for his own diplomacy.
March 3, 2022
We may be witnessing the construction of a new Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, though this time the former Warsaw Pact states of Central Europe will be on the western side.
November 30, 2021
The Czech president is threatening to veto the appointment of the new foreign minister, who wants to return to Vaclav Havel's focus on promoting human rights.