Cover Osteuropa 7/2008

In Osteuropa 7/2008

Foreign Policy in East-Central Europe
Universalists, Atlanticists, Europeans, and Champions of Sovereignty

Jan Růžička, Petr Drulák, Michal Kořan

Deutsche Fassung


Political development of East-Central Europe gave rise to irritations. The growing strength of populist forces and the implications this had on foreign policy were observed with anxiety. The broad consensus on Western integration, which characterised the 1990s, disappeared. The forces that espouse unlimited sovereignty for the nation state grew stronger. In the Czech Repub-lic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, the proponents of a deepening of the European Union and a simultaneous strengthening of transatlantic relations were forced on the defensive. But the all-clear signal can be sounded: In Poland, the page has already turned; in Hungary, the champions of dual integration with the West were never really in distress.

(Osteuropa 7/2008, pp. 139–152)