Challenging Brussels, Central Europe Stokes More European Division

Prime Ministers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Visegrad group, Prague, Czech Republic, Feb. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).
Prime Ministers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Visegrad group, Prague, Czech Republic, Feb. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).

The migrant and refugee crisis, the dangers lurking beneath the surface of the eurozone, the United Kingdom’s potential exit, war just beyond its borders—the European Union arguably faces the greatest risks in its nearly six-decade history. Linked to all these challenges are some of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which once most enthusiastically embraced the EU project but are now starting to push back against Brussels. An extraordinary conference of the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group—Poland, Hungary, and the Czech and Slovak Republics—on Feb. 15 led to a statement reasserting the members’ insistence on “more effective protection” […]

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