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The Future of Solidarity: The Welfare State, Development Aid and the Political Union of Europe


After the Welfare State, the fourth issue of Visegrad Insight, discusses the question of how we will take care after each other in the future. We publish a policy memo by Martin Ehl on the future reforms of welfare state and an expert debate about development aid that is funded by V4 countries that has risen to almost USD 1 bln last year. We also discuss the reference to the political union in public speeches by leaders of the EU and political significance of the idea of solidarity.

Moreover Adam Michnik (Editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza) and Karel Schwarzenberg (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic) talk about Ukraine in the Central European perspective and Michael Sandel (Harvard University Professor of Philosophy) discusses the need for idea of solidarity in liberal democracy.

Read the best of analysis, opinion, and essays selected by accomplished editors from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Visegrad Insight aims to provide a platform for high profile debate on cooperation among Central European governments, businesses, and communities, and the challenges they face.  


  • Zoltán Cséfalvay (State Minister for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of National Economy, HU), Agnieszka Jucewicz-Kwaśniewska (Editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza’s women’s weekly Wysokie Obcasy, PL), Jakub Klepal (Executive Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation, CZ) and Ivan Mikloš (Former Minister of Finance, SK) predict how we will take care of our elderly and ourselves when the welfare state fails;
  • Policy recommendations on the welfare state crisis and “baby doom” from Martin Ehl and Olga Urbańska;
  • Interviews on Ukraine and Central Europe with Adam Michnik and Karel Schwarzenberg;
  • Michael Sandel’s essay on the idea of solidarity;
  • Rivers of Empathy. The impact of floods on policy and politics, by Matteo Tacconi;
  • Abracadabra of democracy promotion through development aid, by Maciej Kuziemski and expert debate: Ibolya Bárány (HU), Igor Blaževič (CZ), Tomicah Tilleman (US), Marcin Wojciechowski (PL), Karla Wursterová (SK) ;
  • An analysis of the Central European film market and a round-up of the most talked-about books published in V4 countries this year.

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Visegrad Insight is published by Res Publica Foundation with the kind support of the International Visegrad Fund. The magazine maintains full editorial independence and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily have to reflect or represent the official positions of the International Visegrad Fund, or the Visegrad Group.