Two countries, one struggle

At some level, whether one lives in Romania or Poland, the fault lines are similar these days. Societies are divided. Almost everyone feels betrayed by the political class. Nationalism, racism and xenophobia are spreading like wildfire.

Claudia Ciobanu21. 09. 2016

Brexit could amplify the V4’s voice within the EU

With the UK opting out of the EU, the V4 anti-federalists are losing an important ally. As new debates on redefining the post-Brexit EU are underway, V4 countries could play a crucial role. However, that depends, once again, on Germany.

Eszter Zalán19. 09. 2016

Why an anti-Islam campaign has taken root in Hungary, a country with few Muslims

As we approach Hungary’s October referendum on the EU-wide distribution of asylum-seekers, many of whom are Muslim, it is worthwhile to take a look at how domestic politics has driven the country’s growing anti-Islamic discourse.

Zoltan Pall   Omar Sayfo14. 09. 2016


Regional and local politics remain more open to women than national politics does, but leadership positions at all levels still elude female politicians. Women’s average proportion in regional and local assemblies does not reach more that 26% in Poland, 24% in the Czech Republic, and 21% in Hungary and Slovakia. However, the V4 average, 23%, is still better than the national average for the 19.4% female representation in the lower parliamentary houses, or the 15.8% representation in both lower and upper houses combined

Cracks in the glass ceiling: Women in regional and local V4 politics

Although politics at regional and local levels is more accessible to women, female politicians still face various challenges – from entry barriers to key decision-making positions to the gender stereotyping of women’s political capabilities.