“Big, big differences” among V4 leaders before Prague summit

Photo: archive of Polish Parliament

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala is set to host his counterparts Slovakia, Poland and Hungary in Prague on Tuesday. The meeting of the Visegrad Four leaders comes against a backdrop of calls to cancel the summit after Slovakia’s Robert Fico made a speech widely seen as pro-Russian. I discussed the V4 today with Mats Braun, head of the Institute for International Relations in Prague.

“It’s a fairly loosely institutionalised form of cooperation, in the sense that they haven’t really built any institutions and so on.

“On the other hand, the cooperation has been ongoing since the early 1990s. It has a very developed system of having presidencies, with developed presidency programmes that cover a wide range of issues.

“That is also the case right now. You can go and you can find the programme of the Czech presidency, ‘V4 Citizens’, which outlines concrete agendas where the countries would like to have cooperation.

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Author: Ian Willoughby