30 November, 2012 – 13:45 to 2 December, 2012 – 13:45

CLIMBING OUT OF THE ABYSS: VISEGRAD PERSPECTIVE ON EUROPE’S PROBLEMS
On December 2nd and 3rd Central Europe’s top officials and thinkers came to Chateau Béla, Slovakia for an annual brainstorming on the future of Europe and the Atlantic community. The economic crisis, reforms of EU institutions, defence collaboration and rising extremism have dominated the debates this year. The following notes offer insights into the discussions and Central Europe’s solutions to the economic and defence crises. Chateau Béla is organised by the Slovak Atlantic Commission and participants include foreign ministers, deputy ministers, EU commissioners and senior think-tankers and journalists. The discussions are under Chatham House rules.