|Author (Person)||Tilford, Simon|
|Series Title||CER Bulletin|
|Series Details||No. 117, December 2017 / January 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
On the face of it, the Visegrad countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – are doing well economically. The data for GDP per head suggest a gradual convergence in living standards with Western Europe. They continue to attract a disproportionate share of inward investment in EU manufacturing, and their integration into EU-wide supply chains helps to explain why they are now collectively Germany’s most important trade partner, ahead of China and the US. But the political situation across the Visegrad is anything but rosy. Voters in all four countries have succumbed to populists. The reasons for this populism are complex, but economics probably provides a bigger part of the explanation than the positive headline numbers suggest.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Czechia, Eastern Europe, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia|