V4 and the EU: Meandering Between Institutional and Political Realities

The lecture will address political, institutional and practical constraints of the Visegrad cooperation in the European Union.

While the migration crisis in 2015 appeared to solidify a common V4 voice in the EU, Slovakia's EU Council Presidency in 2016 effectively sidelined V4 cooperation due to Bratislava's managerial role in EU policymaking. At the same time, political events of 2017 and especially the question of the EU’s future underscore the importance of both structural and political differences across Central Europe when it comes to both individual and collective commitments of the V4 to the European Union.

In short, Visegrad cooperation primarily complements and constraints – rather than drives – country-specific preferences in the EU.