The restoration of Central Europe

.. the artificial division between ‘old’ and ‘new’ members of the European Union, or ‘east’ and ‘west’ Europe … are now out of date as never before. The Visegrád countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) are no longer nervous newcomers, but self-assured old hands. Their record on economic growth and social peace are enviable. They have also shown resilience in the face of adversity – both in coping with the recent financial crisis, and in dealing with the strains and stresses that followed the collapse of communism. Their politics, for the most part, are boringly stable. Their political co-operation … is increasingly impressive and effective.

wrote   Edward Lucas, the editor of the international section of The Economist in “European Voice”.

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