Defending Europe’s largest primeval forest

Logging has always been a part of life in Bialowieza, but the increased quotas proposed last year by Poland’s new government, were too much for many to bear. The unique forest has become one of the battlegrounds for the defense of democracy.

Claudia Ciobanu   Raul Cazan2. 02. 2017

Trump does not make the V4 stance on refugees right, on the contrary

It was only to be expected that those in Europe, such as Orban or Zeman, who were campaigning on anti-refugee (and anti-Muslim) tickets would feel encouraged by Trump’s ascent to the presidency.

V4 Revue31. 01. 2017

Charter 77: the most successful social bubble in modern history

Charter 77 just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and today there is much to be learned from this community, whose members were committed to becoming better, more reasonable and courageous people than they would have been under normal circumstances.

Martin Milan Šimečka26. 01. 2017


In all V4 countries we can see quite significant difference betweeen monthly earning of women and men. The regional average for average earnings is 18.7%. With the exception of Poland the gap in average earnings is higher than in the case of median earnings. The segregation of labour market plays its role here – the average earnings are increased by men employed in well-paid sectors (horizontal segregation) or on top positions (vertical segregation). The biggest gap in average salaries is in Slovakia and the Czech Republic – in both cases over 20% followed by Poland with 17% and the smallest gap is in Hungary – only 13%. For median data for only 3 countries are avaiable and the situation is quite different. The biggest gap is in Poland (22%) followed by Slovakia (17%) and the smallest in the Czech Republic.

Women earn less than men in the V4: A punishment for home and childcare?

The gendered discrepancies in earnings is significant in the V4. The causes of the pay gap are complex, reflecting a variety of problems both in national economies and societies.