The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Fifteen years after Europe’s big-bang enlargement the EU still feels made up of two halves rather than a whole. On many of the defining debates in Europe today, Central and Western member states find themselves on opposing sides. The perception of an unbridgeable divide is taking hold: if left unaddressed, it may split the EU into two classes of membership.

In 2019-2020 Carnegie Europe will lead a project to investigate the deeper roots of East-West tensions and map practical solutions to tackle the issues at the heart of this discord. Carnegie will work with the Institute for Politics and Society in Prague, the Department of Political Science of Comenius University in Bratislava, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation in Warsaw, and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest to lead an outreach campaign across governments, media, and the general audience on both sides of the divide.

Contact: Francesco Siccardi, Senior Program Manager, Carnegie Europe,