Central Europe

  • Redrawing Europe's Energy Map: Poland’s Offer

    The Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom enjoys unwavering control of gas exports to Europe with little current viable competition. The European Union, overall, receives 25 percent of its natural gas supply via pipelines from Russia, with some (mostly Eastern European) consumers almost completely dependent on the large supplier. These consumers have been actively in pursuit of diversification.

    Poland’s shale gas discovery has recently given Europe reason to be optimistic in attaining its energy diversification goals and may serve as a means of tackling Europe’s most imminent energy crises. Just the potential for Poland’s offer is enough to make a change.


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  • Roma Inclusion: A Call for Central European Leadership

    In the latest Atlantic Council Issue Brief, “Roma Inclusion: A Call for Central European Leadership,” Susan Ball, a State Department Senior Fellow in the International Security Program, highlights the growing urgency of the challenge to integrate Europe’s Roma populations and makes the case for Central European states to play a leadership role in Europe’s efforts to combat Roma exclusion.

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  • Sikorski: West Must Offer Principled, Generous Hand to Freedom Fighters

    Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski believes that there are many parallels between the freedom movements spreading across North Africa today and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. And he calls on the West should do everything in its power to help those people to achieve the success of his.
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  • McCain: Libya No-Fly Zones? Of Course!

    Senator John McCain declared tonight that the United States and its democratic partners have a duty to stand with those fighting against tyranny in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Europe. That support must go beyond words to deeds, including an immediate no-fly zone over Libya to prevent further atrocities.
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  • The Value of the Visegrad Four

    Visegrad Four Prime Ministers: Petr Necas Czech Republic, Iveta Radicova Slovakia, Viktor Orban Hungary, Donald Tusk Poland.

    In an issue brief titled “The Value of the Visegrad Four,” former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic Adrian Basora examines the recently reinvigorated Visegrad Group--a regional grouping of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic--as a possible channel for U.S.-Central European relations.

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  • Central Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy

    Energy Flower

    In the latest Energy and Environment Program issue brief titled "Central Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy," co-authors Franklin D. Kramer, John R. Lyman, and Mihaela C. Carstei explain the need for a coordinated energy security policy for Central Europe.

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  • NATO Forum: Slovak Defense Leaders at the Atlantic Council

    The Atlantic Council hosted Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Baška and General Ľubomír Bulík, Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces, for a NATO Forum strategy session.
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  • Learning From Germany

    I agree with Paul Krugman that we can learn something from Germany:


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  • Poland's Path to NATO

    Adam Michnik looks at the revolutions that brought about the fall of communism.


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  • "Tear Down This Wall!"

    Ambassador Richard Burt reflects on the impact of Ronald Reagan’s 1987 Speech in Berlin.


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