Thursday, 26 October 2017

After the Czech election 'Central Europe Isn’t Going Anywhere'


Judy Dempsey, writing for Carnegie Europe (a site I read because it makes me angry and I enjoy feeling angry) is very disappointed in Central Europe, especially since the result of the Czech election. 

She  thinks that
the Visegrád Four had an immense opportunity to influence the debate in “old Europe.” In many ways they squandered it.
I'd argue that they are trying very hard to influence the debate and are the only pro-European countries in the EU.

But it seems that only certain voices are allowed to influence the debate. Others exclude themselves. 

Not much of a debate, if you ask me, if the democratically elected governments of EU countries cannot contribute to it unless their views meet Judy's standards of acceptability.

She goes on
"Havel’s appeal for Central Europeans to find their place in the reunited Europe by defending their freedom, the democratic institutions, and the values they were so deprived of during the Cold War, has had little resonance in this special part of Europe.
"If anything, the Visegrád Group of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have recently focused on opposing refugee quotas instead of working together to think and act strategically about the direction of the EU."

This sort of analysis is taken very seriously in the corridors of Brussels, while Viktor Orban is considered an extremist.

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