Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the four Central European countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
March 2, 2021
Law and Justice's attempt to build national champions in the banking and energy sectors will make the Polish economy even more state and party dominated.
January 19, 2021
The incoming US president will be tougher on the erosion of democracy but also tougher on Russia.
December 9, 2020
After the standoff with Poland and Hungary over the EU budget is resolved, the simmering problems of democratic backsliding and demographic collapse will need to be addressed.
November 27, 2020
The upcoming Biden presidency in the US is expected to lead to an easing of trade tensions that have been particularly damaging for Central Europe’s small export-oriented economies, but it doesn’t herald a return to the old, globalised world.
October 31, 2020
For Central Europe's "illiberal democrats", US President Donald Trump’s re-election would be an affirmation that there is no stopping the global resurgence of the right wing.