Visegrad’s Silver Anniversary

Visegrad’s finest hour was before EU expansion. Since then it has continued as a co-ordinating body between its four founder members, and on occasion as a locus of action for a wider regional grouping—the so-called Visegrad Plus. It has coordinated the successful flow of EU structural funds to the region. But now Visegrad faces new challenges and strains—in particular as it is perceived to exemplify resistance to Germany’s policy on migration. So what does the future hold for Visegrad? To what extent has the V4 have evolved into active coordinating body between Central Eastern states; and how is the V4 responding to uncertainty over Brexit and the future of the European project? One thing is clear: those who prophesied a slide into irrelevance have been proved emphatically wrong.

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