William Nattrass

How Hungary torpedoed the EU's sanctions crackdown on Russia

5 May 2022 8:59 pm

‘Hungary’s stance on oil and gas sanctions on Russia remains unchanged,’ Hungarian government spokesperson Zoltán Kovacs said on Monday. ‘We…

Is Slovakia a mafia state?

26 April 2022 9:15 pm

As soul searching in Britain continues over Boris Johnson’s alleged proximity to a slice of cake, a different sort of…

Why Viktor Orbán keeps winning

4 April 2022 5:00 pm

Viktor Orbán took the stage for a victory speech in Budapest last night with supporters chanting his name. Not long…

Hungary’s ‘patriotic fight’ with the EU: an interview with justice minister Judit Varga

6 March 2022 8:00 pm

Budapest is racked with tension. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends a stream of refugees to Hungary’s eastern border, Viktor…

The crisis in Ukraine is strengthening the EU

3 March 2022 12:30 am

The EU has a knack for turning a crisis into an opportunity. The Eurozone crisis led to the centralisation of…

Hungary is standing by the EU on Ukraine

27 February 2022 8:30 pm

Thursday marked the beginning of a new era in European politics. Nowhere has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine been met with…

The EU is pushing Hungary and Poland to the brink

17 February 2022 4:15 am

Storm clouds looming over the EU’s ‘rule of law’ dispute turned a shade darker on Wednesday. The European Court of…

Could Viktor Orbán be a peacemaker in Ukraine?

5 February 2022 8:30 pm

For a politician whose calling card is the struggle for Hungarian national sovereignty, Viktor Orbán and Vladimir Putin’s press conference…

Can the Czech Republic challenge Europe’s vaccine orthodoxy?

30 January 2022 9:30 pm

The Omicron wave has left European counties standing at a crossroads this year. Despite the relative mildness of Omicron compared…

Eastern Europe's toxic relationship with Russia has left the EU divided

23 January 2022 7:00 pm

Joe Biden’s fatalistic statement this week that suggested a ‘minor incursion’ by Russia into Ukraine might be tolerated by the…

The attempt to oust Viktor Orbán is falling apart

16 January 2022 9:00 pm

This week it was confirmed that a Hungarian general election – framed as a referendum on Viktor Orbán’s leadership –…

Eastern Europe is paying for the EU’s climate revolution

19 December 2021 9:00 pm

Europe’s energy crisis shows little sign of abating. After Germany this week withheld approval for the Nord Stream 2 gas…

Poland’s abortion culture war is a battle for the country’s soul

12 December 2021 7:30 pm

This week it emerged that a hospital in the city of Białystok in Poland refused to grant an abortion to…

Why Viktor Orbán is fighting a war against ‘LGBT ideology’

4 December 2021 7:06 pm

‘Do you support the unrestricted presentation of sexual media content that influences the development of underage children?’ In a national…

How lockdowns for the unvaccinated swept across central Europe

21 November 2021 4:43 pm

What began in Austria has spread to Germany, then the Czech Republic and now Slovakia. Lockdowns for the unvaccinated are…

Poland’s Belarusian border conflict is becoming violent

10 November 2021 1:59 am

The EU’s conflict with Belarus is heating up. The simmering migrant crisis on the Polish border with Belarus exploded into…

The problem with the EU’s messianic treatment of Poland

21 October 2021 5:00 pm

Mateusz Morawiecki insists his government does not want to take Poland out of the EU. ‘Eighty-eight per cent of Poles…

Is the European centre collapsing?

17 October 2021 8:00 pm

There’s a growing tension in the European bloc between those unhappy with Brussels’s increasing interventionism and by those who feel the…

The EU was the big winner in the Czech election

12 October 2021 12:20 am

Eurosceptics in central Europe suffered a blow this weekend, as pro-EU coalitions won a slender majority in the Czech parliament.…

Czexit could be closer than we think

3 October 2021 4:12 pm

Is Czexit closer than we think? Ahead of the Czech general elections in October, the rise of an anti-EU party…

Donald Tusk is playing a dangerous game in dismissing Polexit

13 September 2021 9:42 pm

‘The British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy did not suit them and turned around and left.’ That’s…

The battle for Eastern Europe’s energy sector

31 August 2021 6:39 am

The fight to power eastern Europe is heating up. As Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky prepares to meet Joe Biden at the…

Fortress Europe is dreading the Afghan migrant crisis

25 August 2021 6:03 pm

Fortress Europe is pulling up the drawbridge. The takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban is likely to being about a…

Belarusians in exile aren't safe from the iron grip of Lukashenko

8 August 2021 4:00 pm

This week has laid bare the terrifying situation faced by Belarusians in their home country and abroad. From Tokyo’s Olympic…

The EU is failing to stand up for eastern Europe

29 July 2021 8:42 am

Will the EU stand up for eastern Europe? This question is now being asked by Ukraine following the announcement of…