20.01.2021 - 20.03.2021 Events, History, News

LSE IDEAS: Spotlight on the Visegrad Four

Join us as we shine a spotlight on Central Europe’s Visegrad Group, thirty years after the establishment of the V4.

A series of three events commemorating the 30 year anniversary of the Visegrad Group, held in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London. Our series explores the Visegrad Group from its economic, cultural, and political aspects to assess its successes and failures over the past thirty years and consider what to expect from the Visegrad Four in the future.

Spotlight on the Visegrad Economies

Wednesday 20 January 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm


The first discussion will consider the economic indicators and outputs of the V4 and ask, how are the V4 economies performing? What are the characteristics of these Central European economies? What is the impact of foreign investment on the economies and political decision-marking across the group? How can we expect them to perform in the coming years?

We will consider the economic priorities and policies of each country, how the four countries interact as economies and how the Visegrad Group alliance has influenced economic and business decision-making in the region and beyond.

Martin Kahanec is Professor and Acting Dean (2020-21, 2017-19) of the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. He is a member of the national COVID-19 Economic Crisis Management Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and member of Minister’s advisory council. His main research interests are labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in European labor markets.

Lubomir Lizal has been President of the Anglo-American University in Prague since August 2018. He is a Czech economist who served most recently as a member of the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank.

Dora Piroska is Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest. She is also a visiting professor at the IR Department of Central European University. She holds a PhD from the CEU in Political Science. Her research focuses on the political economy of banking and finance, development finance both at the national and international levels. She has particular interest in the Eastern European region.

Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi is a macroeconomist and Interim Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the School of Public Policy of the LSE. She was formerly Policy Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and co-created and co-led the Vienna Initiative in 2008-15, a public-private crisis management and coordination platform in emerging Europe, and headed its Secretariat.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE’s foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.

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