Despite a mounting list of scandals Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ex-finance minister of Slovak origin, and his ANO party remain the frontrunners in the Czech Republic’s October 20-21 general election.
The story in Germany, as it is in most places including Slovakia, is that voters are increasingly shunning traditional mass political parties of all types.
It’s not just in Central Europe that people notice the sun going down earlier and the wind getting stronger.
You can tell a lot about a world leader based on how they spend their free time.
Solving difficult problems in cooperation with your neighbors is what leaders are supposed to do. The leaders of Slovakia and Hungary were not even willing to try.
It’s true that in the past four months, Mr Fico has been comparatively less busy than his Visegrad Group partners.
The sense of crisis is felt in established democracies, developing democracies and even authoritarian regimes feel like like they are becoming more authoritarian.
Today’s young people can make a lot of noise, but on their own they just don’t have big enough numbers to drive changes.
Smoking caused 7 million deaths last year. That means cigarettes kill people at a rate about twice as fast as the First World War.
More constitutional can be less democratic, and it is not clear that it always has the intended result. Perhaps the clearest historical case came with the rise of the Nazis in Germany.
Pushing CEU out of Hungary would not only mean fewer smart people from abroad would pass through Budapest, but that bright Hungarian students who would otherwise study at home will now most likely seek higher…
Back in the 1970s, US President Richard Nixon, among other things, ordered a gang of thugs to break into the political opposition’s headquarters and then used the state security services to help cover it up.
The V4 project has veered from its original purpose, never mind the positive, if idealized, concept of Central Europe.
It is not Coca-Cola’s fault that Central Europeans — as they often do in politics — passively accept cheap imitations.
There are two essential elements to defining a populist. In other words, true populists meet both criteria.
The recipe for defeating the emotionally driven, but empty, populism now trending in Europe is the same as it has always been: Offer a better idea, actually believe it is better, and then take the time to explain to…
It would be a shame to start the New Year with an entirely negative outlook, so here are some positive predictions.