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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: Czechs are still in denial about communist rule

November 3, 2022

The looming contest for the presidency between Pavel and Babis may serve to highlight their different attitudes to the communist past, while at the same time showing how some Czechs remain ambivalent.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Orban prepares to surf the populist wave again

September 25, 2022

But the Hungarian strongman may struggle both to exploit the cost of living crisis and to unite Europe's resurgent radical right, particularly if the Russian-Ukraine war grinds on.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Putin’s cost of living crisis has already caused mass demonstrations in Europe, but will they get worse?

September 8, 2022

Last weekend 70,000 protesters gathered on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague to demonstrate against the rising cost of living and demanded a rapprochement with Russia. Will demonstrations spread across Europe as the crisis gets worse?

VISEGRAD BLOG: Central Europe faces a hot autumn of discontent

August 29, 2022

Slovakia looks set for 18 months of political chaos before the next general elections, at a time when the government has to cope with the cost of living crisis and growing fatigue with the cost of supporting neighbouring Ukraine against Russia.