UDC 341.217
Biblid: 0543-3657, 64 (2013)
Vol. 64, No 1150, pp. 33-48
DOI:

Izvorni naučni rad
Received: 21 Apr 2013
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970

VISEGRAD GROUP: REASONS FOR INTEGRATION AND ITS PERSPECTIVES

Proroković Dušan (Doktor političkih nauka i izvršni direktor Centra za strateške alternative iz Beograda), prorokovic@yahoo.com

The article analyses the integration of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary into the Visegrad Group (VG). Forming of VG helped in keeping stability in this part of the Europe after the fall of the Eastern bloc. Still, its forming was influenced by other, long-term interests of the geostrategic character. Having this in mind, the structure of this article is divided into six parts. In the first, introductory part, the basic data of the member states are presented. The second part deals with the historical roots of instability in the relations between some VG members. The third part is devoted to the economic effects of forming VG and the effects caused by the great economic crisis. The fourth part deals with the geopolitical aspects of forming VG and the US geostrategic interests in Central and Eastern Europe. In the fifth part, we are trying to show the potential future political hot spots: Silesian issue (in Poland), Moravian issue (in the Czech Republic), Slovak-Roma relations and the periodical radicalization of the Hungarian electoral body. The sixth part is the conclusion.

Keywords: Visegrad Group, EU, NATO, demarcation in Central Europe, economic parameters, trade, Silesia, Moravia, Roma question, Hungarian radicalism, geostrategy, geopolitics