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Five questions for Central Europe

The shifting scope of Central Europe provokes a number of questions about its future

By Dariusz Kalan  

What is the future?

Almost 30 years ago, Timothy Garton Ash asked in his famous essay, “Does Central Europe exist?” The title illustrated the general attitude of Western societies, for whom everything east of Germany was a blank spot on the map.

However, today’s Central Europe—after great changes in 1989 when Communism in Europe collapsed, in 1999 when Nato expanded to include Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, and 2004 when the EU welcomed those countries (plus Slovakia) into the fold—has become a…

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