Political Pendulum
The New New Europe

Centrist, pro-EU parties are emerging in the Visegrad countries. Can they gain traction?

Published on: October 16, 2017
Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a regular columnist at TAI. He tweets at @DaliborRohac.
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  • Otis

    Will Central Europe get a crop of fresh, savvy, capable politicians, or just a younger generation of out-of-touch elitists who despise the traditions and concerns of their fellow countrymen?

  • I support the EU, or at least its original founding concept (the common unity of the European continent through democratic values and norms), but it does need to be seriously examined and reformed in order to survive in the modern day and age.

    Also, the needs and interests of each of its member states should be taken into careful consideration, to avoid any repeat of Brexit.

    • Cromulent

      You can’t have a European democracy without a European demos. Where is the EU demos?

    • QET

      I am not a European, but my belief is that the economic common market was/is a good idea but that the increasingly obvious attempt of Eurocrats and billionaires to impose a political and cultural union upon the constituent European nations is a very very bad idea.

    • Jim__L

      The original concept of the EU was centered in the EEC — and that was founded on the idea that trade barriers separating industries of the Rhineland from the raw materials that fed them was a major cause of the World Wars.

      As long as there’s an open market for these materials that allows businesses of any nationality access, we’re good. No one needs an EU on top of that, aside from unaccountable, power-hungry bureaucratic elites.

  • Cromulent

    Why the assumption that pro-EU parties are “forward looking”? Is TAI an explicitly pro-EU outfit? If so, why?

    • Jim__L

      The EU can’t solve Europe’s most pressing problems — population collapse, immigration, and unemployment (particularly youth unemployment.)

      This is when people start turning to other systems that CAN solve their problems.

      That this comes as a surprise to anyone baffles me.

    • gates of vienna

      Your question deserves a reply but I think you’ll be left to figure it out for yourself. Count the number of pro-EU essays.

      This one, overtly pro, fails to address the problem of immigration. Eastern and Central Europeans see what is happening in Sweden, Italy, and Germany (also Austria) and are likely to vote against any move to bring in crime and culture-destruction.

      • Cromulent

        I’d really like to understand just why a pro-EU stance is in “The American Interest”. Our long term (really long term) default foreign policy stance is to work against the possibility of regional hegemons around the world who could eventually threaten our own position.

        To the extent an EU works against Russian hegemony it makes sense for us to be pro-EU. But there is no guarantee the EU itself couldn’t then rival our own power.

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