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Visegrad Insight Podcast

VIP is the number one podcast on Central Europe from Central Europe. Hosted by editors of the Visegrad Insight – Res Publica Foundation We are the main platform of debate and analysis on Central Europe. Feedback and ideas: contact@visegradinsight.eu

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Recent Episodes of Visegrad Insight Podcast


The Far-right Surge in Europe and the Ukrainian Recovery Summit

The Far-right Surge in Europe and the Ukrainian Recovery Summit

Galan Dall, Staś Kaleta and Luca Soltesz break down what the EP election results mean for Central Europe, explaining how Poland bucked the trend of surging far-right parties and why Hungary seems to finally have a viable alternative to the ruling Fidesz party.

Then, Future of Ukraine Fellow Valeriia Novak explains which sectors of Ukraine's economy can strategically address existing gaps in Europe, focusing on agriculture, IT and raw materials.


Weekly Outlook: https://visegradinsight.eu/pro-russian-parties-surge-ahead-of-ukraines-recovery-and-peace-summits/

Episode 11 June 2024 27m and 48s


What to Expect in this Week's European Elections

What to Expect in this Week's European Elections

Magda Jakubowska, Wojciech Przybylski and Galan Dall discuss the shifting European political landscape in the run-up to the EP elections as well as what challenges will face the next parliament and EU council.

Then, Marcin Król Fellow Bart Wieliński breaks down the successes and failures of the current Polish government before outlining what steps still need to be taken to ensure a prosperous Polish democracy.

Episode 4 June 2024 53m and 49s


Does Xi Jinping Prefer French Cognac or Hungarian Wine?

Does Xi Jinping Prefer French Cognac or Hungarian Wine?

Wojciech Przybylski talks with Marcin Król Fellow Matej Šimalčik on Xi Jinping’s tour of Europe, comparing it to his visit from five years ago as well as the differences between his reception in Paris, Belgrade and Budapest.

Read Šimalčik's text on the visit here: https://visegradinsight.eu/xi-jinping-in-europe-what-makes-his-trip-so-special/


Read the related weekly outlook: https://visegradinsight.eu/tusk-and-ursula-plans-for-europe-against-russian-subversion/

Episode 13 May 2024 26m and 32s


Von der Leyen and Tusk in Katowice

Von der Leyen and Tusk in Katowice

How Ursula von der Leyen's and Donald Tusk's "Plan for Europe" speeches addressed the security threats from Russia and other autocratic powers, but failed to address the issue of democratic security and enlargement.

By Wojciech Przybylski and Galan Dall

Recommended reads:

Wojciech Przybylski on Ursula von der Leyen speech in Poland: https://visegradinsight.eu/ursula-mobilised-europe-against-the-virus-now-tasked-against-the-evil-quick-take/

Matej Šimalčik on Xi Jinping's European visit: https://visegradinsight.eu/xi-jinping-in-europe-what-makes-his-trip-so-special/

CEE democratic security dynamics this week: https://visegradinsight.eu/tusk-and-ursula-plans-for-europe-against-russian-subversion/

Episode 7 May 2024 27m and 37s


Sikorski Speech, Big Bang Anniversary and EU Strategy

Sikorski Speech, Big Bang Anniversary and EU Strategy

Wojciech Przybylski and Albin Sybera discuss the differences between Czech and Polish countries in their 20-year history of EU membership. We also provide commentary on Sikorski's foreign policy priorities address and Macron's Sorbonne 2.0 speech.


Links:

Vladimír Špidla interview: https://visegradinsight.eu/if_not-for-the-european-union-central-europe-would-be-torn-between-germany-and-russia-interview/

Marek Suski: https://visegradinsight.eu/suski-affair-puts-a-lid-on-law-and-justice-election-campaign-quick-take/

Weekly Outlook - https://visegradinsight.eu/only-enlarged-eu-would-thwart-some-of-xi-jinpings-ambitions/


Episode 29 April 2024 29m and 36s


Europe's Future Debate Has Gained Political Momentum for Enlargement

Europe's Future Debate Has Gained Political Momentum for Enlargement

Wojciech Przybylski sits down with Maria Simeonova, programme coordinator the Wider Europe programme and ECFR's Sofia office, to discuss the potential impact of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2024-2029 as well as the new trajectories mentioned in the leaked version of the agenda which has additional focus on democratic security and enlargement.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
Cost of Non-enlargement report: https://visegradinsight.eu/costs-of-non-enlargement/
Europe Future Forum link: https://visegradinsight.eu/europe-future-forum-2024/
Outlook link: https://visegradinsight.eu/new-eu-strategic-agenda-to-sponsor-democratic-security-and-boost-enlargement/

Episode 16 April 2024 26m and 34s


What Peter Pellegrini's Presidential Win Means for Slovakia and the Rest of Europe

What Peter Pellegrini's Presidential Win Means for Slovakia and the Rest of Europe

Wojciech Przybylski moderates a discussion between Michaela Terenzani, SME's lead on the foreign news desk, and Eva Mihočková, Editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy SFPA and Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight, break down the results of Slovakia's presidential election where Peter Pellegrini won by tapping into the fears of the electorate and amplifying Moscow's disinformation narratives.

Episode 10 April 2024 31m and 11s


Why Orbán Is on the Defensive

Why Orbán Is on the Defensive

For a number of weeks, Viktor Orbán has been on the defensive, an unprecedented development in in the past 14 years. Who is Péter Magyar and why does he generate massive interest today? And is it bad or good news for the opposition?

Wojciech Przybylski interviews Bálint Ruff, a political strategist and a host of Vétó show on Partizán YouTube channel

Recommended reading: https://visegradinsight.eu/new-political-geometry-boosts-europes-defence/

Episode 2 April 2024 22m and 44s


Bulgaria's Political Crisis Will Not Derail Its Pro-Western Turn

Bulgaria's Political Crisis Will Not Derail Its Pro-Western Turn

Deputy Editor Adam Jasser talks to political scientist and Visegrad Insight Fellow Spasimir Domaradzki about the impact of the breakdown of Bulgaria's grand coalition in this special episode of our podcast.

Episode 28 March 2024 20m and 52s


Leaders Debate Defence Plans at the EU Summit

Leaders Debate Defence Plans at the EU Summit

Adam Jasser speaks with Paul Taylor, a freelance columnist for The Guardian and veteran Brussels think-tanker and journalist, about last week's EU summit. Key topics included the ongoing farmers' protests, as well as discussions on the prioritisation of defence matters on the agenda as leaders deliberated on how the EU could bolster its own industry while promptly extending aid to Ukraine.

Episode 26 March 2024 20m and 36s

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