Ringier has been active in Eastern Europe for more than three decades. In 1989 Ringier started business activities in Czechia and Romania, followed by Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary in 1993. In 2010, Ringier and the German Media company Axel Springer combined their international operations in Central and Eastern Europe by establishing the joint venture Ringier Axel Springer Media AG active in Poland, Hungary, Serbia, the Baltics and Slovakia. In 2021, Ringier acquired all of the shares of Axel Springer in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The successful joint venture between Ringier and Axel Springer in Poland remains unchanged.