A New View of Success for Central Europe
Before 1989, the practical definition of success for countries under the Soviet yoke was straightforward: an end to communism and foreign domination. After 1989, success became securing the political freedom and prosperity that they had missed during their exile from European civilization. The greatest lesson from their past is that government must serve the people. As Joseph R. Wood describes in this brief, the countries of Central Europe must now lead the memorialization of the crimes of the communist era, remedy the European Union's democratic deficit, and reduce Eurovision and contemteporary Hollywood to forgotten footnotes in western creative history. They must establish a culture of philanthropy and giving at every level of society and ensure that responses to the financial crisis do not render free enterprise impossible. This redefinition of success-as-leadership will be harder to realize than earlier successes, but they must persist, for their own future and that of their western cousins.