We cordially invite you to a presentation of a series of four new papers on Visegrad countries after 10 years in the EU published by the German think tank DGAP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik). The findings of the publications will also help stimulate a subsequent public debate on the relations of V4 countries with Germany.
Germany has managed to increase its presence in the region by becoming the largest trading partner and leading foreign investor across V4 countries. Visegrad countries now enjoy a comfortably close, two way relationship with Germany. There are differences, for example in the field of energy with Germany phasing out nuclear power by 2022, but they are outweighed by the common political and economic interests.
It is only reasonable to ask what the V4 countries now actually expect from Germany. Additionally, is Berlin’s interest in the V4 region set to decrease because of the internal Eurozone challenges that still exhaust most of its attention? Which opportunities should the V4 not let slip away in this complex relationship?
Chair of the panel:
Milan Nič, Executive Director, Central European Policy Institute
Vít Dostál, Research Center Director, Association for International Affairs
Daniel Hegedűs, Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd, University Budapest
Vladimír Bilčík, Senior Researcher, Slovak Foreign Policy Association