V.I.P. is the number one podcast on Central Europe from Central Europe. Hosted by Quincy Cloet and Wojciech Przybylski editors of Visegrad Insight.
We are the main platform of debate and analysis on Central Europe. Our media think tank generates future policy debates committed to liberal democracy principles and transatlantic partnership.
Special focus on: democracy, information sovereignty, green future, energy security, future of work, civil society leaders, digital economy, V4, Visegrad Group, EU.
Who Pays for Trusted Journalism in the V4?
While the state independent media environment is dire in Hungary, not all hope is lost for the rest of Central Europe. In spite of economic challenges for smaller national media outlets and risks of political polarisation contaminating quality reporting, there are a number of tools and options available to reporters, editors and publishers to weather the current storm. We speak with Aida Kaisy of the Ethical Journalism Network about her recent investigations of the media environment in the region and how trust in journalism can be (re)built.
Who is responsible for the free press? How illiberals are taking advantage of COVID-19: https://visegradinsight.eu/who-is-responsible-for-the-free-press/
Read the latest report of the Ethical Journalism Network about Hungary: https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/resources/publications/building-trust-in-journalism-hungary
#V4 #informationsovereignty #journalism #media
The V4 Braces for the Autumn Wave
Despite public statements by V4 ministers to coordinate actions and keep borders open, the recent spike in COVID-19 is set to spoil the party. With Czechia placed on the list of “red zone” countries by Slovakia just days after the Slavkov format meeting between the two countries and Austria, this may be the beginning of a return to stricter border controls and even temporary lockdowns. After an eventful summer, we look at the main topics that are driving the agenda of the V4 countries in the upcoming months.
Read about Slovakia’s measured political action: https://visegradinsight.eu/slovakia-treats-covid19-pandemic-unlike-the-v4/
Recent recent articles on the V4 region: https://visegradinsight.eu/tag/v4/
#V4 #Czechia #Slovakia #Hungary #Poland #COVID19
The Art of the Serbia-Kosovo Deal
With an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo signed in Washington to strengthen economic ties between the two Western Balkan countries, Donald Trump appears to have sealed a much-needed foreign policy success. Is it a “major breakthrough" in his words or rather a small symbolic step in normalising ties – also between Kosovo and Israel? In this week’s episode, we speak with Ivan Vejvoda, a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences and a former Senior Vice President for Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, about the impact of the recent US-initiated signing ceremony.
Find out what a Joe Biden victory could mean for the Balkans: https://visegradinsight.eu/balkans-biden-restoring-americas-role/
Read more about the Western Balkans: https://visegradinsight.eu/tag/western-balkans/
#Serbia #Kosovo #Trump #Israel
Will U.S.-EU relations get any better should a Democrat win in November?
Three years of Donald Trump presidency have not been easy on Europe nor on Transatlantic relations, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic having exacerbated the EU-US partnership. Trump's bad instincts, which we saw in the first term, would be multiplied several times in the second term.
We speak with Anthony L. Gardner, a former US Ambassador to the EU under President Barack Obama who has recently published a book entitled Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States. This podcast features also Marcin Zaborowski, senior associate at the Visegrad Insight and editor in chief of Res Publica Nowa, who comments on the book. Material for this podcast has been recorded before summer as part of an exclusive Visegrad Insight Breakfast meeting for senior diplomats, experts and journalists from Europe and the USA.
All the Bad Instincts - Interview with Anthony L. Gardner, a former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union by Julia Jabłońska https://visegradinsight.eu/all-the-bad-instincts-trump-transatlantic-relations/
Stars with Stripes book https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030348205
More on Visegrad Insight Breakfasts https://visegradinsight.eu/visegrad-breakfasts/
Tags: USA, EU, Trump, Central Europe
Why Germany may be the key to CEE security?
Carlo Masala, full professor for International Politics at the Bundeswehr University Munich, lecturer at the University of Munich and member of the senate of Munich School of Political Science, discusses the present German perspective on CEE. Our guest speaker is hosted by Philipp Fritz, foreign correspondent for Welt and Welt am Sonntag, reporting from Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States. This recording comes from an exclusive Visegrad Insight Breakfast held on 4 June 2020 on Zoom for a select group of diplomats, experts and journalists from the region. We are sharing the first part of the meeting, while the further discussion was off-the-record.
More on this topic:
Germany, security, Carlo Masala, CEE, Russia
All Eyes on Belarus
Last Sunday, Belarus witnessed one of the largest protests in its recent history, following a presidential election that was neither free nor fair. While Alexander Lukashenko faces widespread calls to resign, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is prepared to act as the national leader in what could be a peaceful transition. With strong civil society mobilisation set to continue in the near future, we discuss a more than eventful week and also look at likely future scenarios for Belarus.
Read the Eastern European Futures scenario-based report: https://visegradinsight.eu/eap2030/
Find out more about the Kremlin’s strategy towards Belarus: https://visegradinsight.eu/belarus-kremlin-scenariosraising-the-stakes/
#Belarus #Lukashenko #EaP2030