Miloš Zeman, who has been re-elected for a second five year term at the Czech president, is not a run of the mill national populist.
Poland and Hungary have recently clashed with Brussels over democratic freedoms, but economic drivers are at play, too.
A lurch to the right in central Europe runs into a familiar obstacle: the tricky maths of coalition.
He's been charged with fraud and is under investigation by the EU, so how did this former finance minister become the most likely candidate for prime minister?
Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
European countries are competing against Brussels and each other for China's affections. And that is undermining the EU.
The Central European University will challenge a law just passed by the Hungarian parliament that could force the closure of the school founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.