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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the four Central European countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Zeman tries to show he is still in charge of Czech foreign policy

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.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Czech opposition hopes that Pandora revelations enable them to oust Babis

October 5, 2021

The Czech election is so tight that the Pandora Papers scandal could make the difference between the two opposition coalitions having the votes to form a government together or not.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Babis uses Orban playbook to chase re-election

October 1, 2021

Billionaire populist Andrej Babis is once again leading opinion polls after pledging to defend Czechs against migrants.

VISEGRAD BLOG: PiS plays for time on the EU front

August 17, 2021

Under fire from the US and Israel, and with its domestic political dominance slipping, Poland's radical rightwing government appears to be ready to make a tactical retreat over the rule of law dispute with the EU.

VISEGRAD BLOG: The EU finally gets tough with Hungary and Poland

July 29, 2021

The Commission now has the tools and the evidence to confront Poland and Hungary; the question therefore is whether it will stand firm this time.