Michal Kopecek

International Relations, Charles University Prague
JVF 2001


Politics, Antipolitics, and Czechs in Central Europe: The Idea of “Visegrád Cooperation” and Its Reflection in Czech Politics in the 1990s

At the beginning of the 1990s, the word “Visegrád” became an indispensable part of the political vocabulary in Central Europe and elsewhere. It almost disappeared in the second half of the same decade, only to emerge again at its close. Visegrád is the unofficial name given to a project of close cooperation among three, and after the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993 four Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. This paper aims to reconstruct the intellectual roots and limits of the Visegrád concept in Czech politics. The main effort here is to adumbrate under what circumstances Czechoslovakia became an active part of the establishment of the Visegrád Troika in 1991 and what the domestic causes were of its rejection after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
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Citizen and Patriot in the Post-Totalitarian Era:
Czech Dissidence in Search of the Nation and its Democratic Future[1]

In his reflections on Charter 77, Petr Pithart, one of the most thoughtful Czech dissident intellectuals, noted: “Chartists did not have their eyes fixed looking forward because they considered the future far too bleak; instead, they turned their eyes upwards, towards what transcends everyday existence, that which freed them and helped them survive harsh years …
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