Central and Eastern European countries face a whole range of internal and external challenges. Among the internal issues are the crisis of liberal democracy, the rise of populism, lack of media freedom, suppression of human rights, or the obstruction of justice. Among the external threats are primarily the expansionist Russian policies and the disruptive Chinese influence in many Central and Eastern European countries. Often questioned is also the relevance of the V4 bloc, its role within the EU, and particularly its controversial approach towards the migration crisis. Central and Eastern European countries are also major recipients of the EU funds since they are considered less developed than the rest of Europe.
What is the role of V4 within the European Union, and is the bloc still relevant? Is the liberal democracy in Central and Eastern European countries in crisis? Does the Chinese influence in these countries pose a significant threat or an economic opportunity? In which way are the Central and Eastern European countries affected by the crises in Ukraine and Belarus?
Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former US Ambassador to Poland.
The moderator is Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society.
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