Opinion

The Necessity of Sharing: How the Western establishment could save liberal democracy (and itself)

After visiting China, the impression arises that they are awaiting something. After speaking up about the advantages of liberal democracy, they politely listen to you and smile. From the conversations, you realise that they do not take our liberal democracy all that seriously. We, the Chinese, have had our own state for five thousand years and you are trying to teach us, they say. They also emphasise that liberal democracy is only a brief moment in history, which will quickly fade away, while China will remain as it was, Ruslanas Iržikevičius writes in Visegrad / Insight. […]

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin
Foreign affairs

The Kremlin is not interested in Macrons’ ‘stability’

The European security architecture needs to change, French President Emmanuel Macron declared during his latest visit to Finland. The changing world security architecture is forcing the European Union to adopt to the changing world. This is inevitable. However, the French President also called for an ‘update’ of the EU and Russia’s relationship. An ‘update’ should be welcomed, but the main question on whose terms this ‘update’ should be. Is the EU ready to accept an extended hand of friendship from the Kremlin? Certainly not and this is why. […]