The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia form the Visegrad Group, or V4.
The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Four or V4, was launched on February 15, 1991 in the Hungarian town of the same name as an alliance set to "work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration." A regional body within the EU, memeber states the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia strive for closer political, economic and cultural cooperation. Here you can find all DW content touching on the Visegrad Group.
Poland has threatened to pull out of the Visegrad Group summit in Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested "Poles cooperated with the Nazis." The four-state group is a key element in Israel's diplomacy.
Austria will be taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1. The country sees itself as a bridge to central Europe and the western Balkans, conservative Austrian politician Martin Engelberg tells DW.