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The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Five (V5), is a regional union comprised of five Central European nations — Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. The V5 was originally established as an alliance to promote democracy and mutual defense at a time when the Communist Bloc was collapsing. One of the original goals for the group was for their integration into the European Union and NATO, which was later abandoned in the late 1990s due to Soviet pressure. The V5 have since moved toward the regional advancement of their member nations in the areas of economics, military and politics. The former Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia formally joined the group in the early 2000s.