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Hungary and Slovakia
A Media Briefing

The European Union and East Central Europe : A Decade of Promotion of Democracy and Economic Development - The Cases of Hungary and Slovakia

During the past decade of transition from communism, the European Union (EU) has been actively involved in stabilizing and consolidating the new democracies in East Central Europe. In the case of Hungary, one of the region's frontrunners in meeting the Union's pre-accession requirements, EU pressures and domestic developments were reinforcing each other. By contrast, Slovakia was slower in transitioning from communist rule. In this case, EU pressures have been crucial in order to change the authoritarian leadership and promote reform.

  • Historical background
  • Political profile
  • Economy
  • EU aid programs

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