Public Conference: Eastern Europe Goes South?


Public Conference: Eastern Europe Goes South?
The political interaction of Central Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans is an increasingly important issue. As Jan-Werner Müller described a few years ago, political tendencies in Central Eastern Europe makes the region more similar to the Western Balkans than before.

These are endemic nepotism and corruption, deteriorating democratic institutions and the spread of illiberal practices, and the primacy of identity politics, nationalism and tribalism over policies. After Eastern Europe, started to get bored with the imitation of the West - as Ivan Krastev, a speaker of our event underlines - models from the East and South seem to become more attractive.

At the same time, CEE countries, especially Hungary, trying to exert influence on the Western Balkans through media acquisitions, political consultancy, and investments.

Generally, Central Eastern Europe is strongly supportive of the EU integration of the non-EU members of Western Balkans, in the hope that they strengthen their alliances within the EU, extend their political sphere of influence, and make EU integration more extensive but less intensive.

The enlargement commissioner of the new Commission, delegated by Hungary, gives additional weight to the region when it comes to EU- Western Balkans relationship.
Place: CEU
Address: 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 15.
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