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Today, AMO publishes results of its project Trends of Visegrad European Policy. You can read the main findings in a research paper written by the Director of AMO Reasearch Center Vít Dostál and Zsuzsana Végh (European University Viadrina).

The authors aim to answer the question whether there is a common view of the Visegrad Group on key EU policies and the future of the Union. They detect what arethe main areas in which the V4 countries are diverging, and which topics, on the other hand, they can speak with one voice. The publication also examines who the V4 countries consider to be their allies and partners in the EU, or what is their stance on the EU’s reform agenda.

You can find the key results and vizualizations on our newly-launched web.

According to the respondents, the main ally of the V4 countries in the EU is Germany, however, only the Czech Republic and Slovakia perceive their relationship with Berlin as goodThe asylum and migration policy should not be, according to the respondents, among the main areas in which V4 should cooperate. They agree, on the other hand, that the internal market should be further deepened.

Half of the respondents agree that V4 has an influence in the EU, but most of them do not consider V4 as a constructive actor in the EU.

Over 450 politicians, diplomats, journalists, researchers, and other experts from the Visegrad Group countries that are involved in European policy answered the questionnaire.

The research is part of a project that AMO has implemented with the Center for European Neighborhood Studies at the Central European University, the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the Koszciuszko Institute thanks to the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. It builds on four similar projects dealing with Czech foreign and European policy, Visegrad foreign policies, and the Eastern Partnership. 

The Czech results shall be also presented during a debate in Prague, which shall be simultaneously interpreted into English. The debate shall take place on Wednesday, November 29 from 3:15pm in Evropský dům (Jungmannova 24, Pague 1). The speaker list features Vladimír Bartovic, (EUROPEUM), Vít Dostál, (AMO), Václav Hampl, (Chairman of the Committee on EU Affairs of the Senate, Parliament of the Czech Republic) and Helena Langšádlová, (Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic); chaired by Ondřej Houska, (Hospodářské noviny). You can find further information on our web or in the Facebook event. Yo can register here.