The course explores the latest developments in Central European politics and engages with the current scholarly debates around this topic. It focuses primarily on the politics of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, with possible excursions into other countries of the wider Central European region (eg. the Balkans and the Baltics). The course looks into variety of topics - it attempts at identifying the main political trends in the region, laying a broad political, economic and cultural context for the current developments. It applies in particular the concept of populism, in order to show its usefulness, but also some shortcomings in explaining the developments in the region.