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The Visegrad Group Wants Freedom and Security

V4 leaders’ declarations of friendship are oftentimes at odds with reality, but on some issues the group still speaks in one voice.

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The divide between the capitalist West and the communist East was alimentary as much as political. Over 25 years after the fall of communism in Europe, V4 leaders believe that in their countries citizens still buy second rate food.

The divide between the capitalist West and the communist East was alimentary as much as political. Over 25 years after the fall of communism in Europe, V4 leaders believe that in their countries citizens still buy second rate food.

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V4: Second rate food for second rate citizens?

The divide between the capitalist West and the communist East was alimentary as much as political. Over 25 years after the fall of communism in Europe, V4 leaders believe that in their countries citizens still buy second rate food.

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V4: Protecting Women or Values?

The EU seeks to ratify the so called ‘anti-violence’ convention which has been at the centre of heated debates in Poland and other Visegrad countries. Only the Czech Republic views it with relative calm.

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EP: Visegrad Quartet In Accord Over Gas Security

Soon the EU Council will approve a regulation on energy security. Visegrad MEPs were instrumental in securing it.

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European values according to the V4

The V4 MEPs, especially from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary do not support the EU intervening in the internal affairs of the member states, even if the fundamental rights might be in danger. The Commission does not seem convinced either that imposing sanctions will be the best way to solve the conflicts with Polish and Hungarian governments. It is high time to break this deadlock.

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V4: Pressure on the media mounts as the EU watches

Pressuring journalists not to speak ill of those in power has become commonplace in the Visegrad countries. While the governments take over or sue newspapers and TV stations, the opposition is reluctant to discuss the issue on the international stage and the EU lacks the tools to intervene.

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In For a Penny (Solidarity) But Not For the Pound (Relocation)

Why countries from the Visegrad Group, with population amounting to 64 mln people, for almost two years now have been refusing to take in 11 thousands asylum seekers.

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European Pillar of Social Rights: Is there a joint V4 policy?

Improving the quality of work conditions across the European Union raises the cost of labour. If the Social Pillar is implemented, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians and Slovaks will cease to be an attractive, cheap workforce. At the moment they are not willing to take these costs.

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