Germany and the Visegrád Group

What Scope for a Joint Forward-Looking EU Agenda in 2019?

19/11/2018 | 12:30 - 16:00 | DGAP Berlin | Invitation only

Category: Visegrad Group

Relations between Germany and the Visegrád Group (V4) comprising Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary took a turn for the worse in 2015. Major points of contention included significant differences on migration, but also controversies over democracy and rule of law issues in some V4 countries. The European Council agreement on a more consensual approach to migration in June 2018 gives Berlin an opportunity to re-shape relations with the V4. Promisingly, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - holders of the current (2018-2019) and the upcoming (2019-2020) Visegrád presidencies - appear to be inclined for a dialogue with Germany and EU cohesion, particularly in the face of the impending Brexit.

The aim of this conference is to explore a forward-looking agenda and political messages which could result from the V4 summit with the German Chancellor, likely to take place in early 2019. What can Berlin and the V4 capitals realistically achieve together on the EU level during the next year?

Given the strong economic links between Germany and the V4 countries, this event will also address a crucial topic of common interest: how the two sides can jointly address the persistent risks in transatlantic trade, and continue to support multilateralism through the EU Commission.

This conference is organized by the Robert Bosch Center at DGAP and will be held in English.

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