INVITATION: EU± // European policy of the new government

We would like to invite you to another debate in the EU± series on how the new government will approach the European Union and how its European policy will differ from that of Andrej Babiš. The debate will take place online on Thursday 25 November 2021 at 18:00.

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ČT24: Signing of the new coalition agreement

Our research fellow Vít Havelka appeared on national television ČT24, in which he commented on the newly formed government. In the interview, he compared the difference in the coalition declaration with the previous government of Andrej Babiš in the section on access to the European Union.

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Five parties agree on new pro-European government: Orbán has lost its close ally

The director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Zdeněk Beránek, commented for the Danish newspaper Politiken on the topic of Orbán's ally loss - Andrej Babiš. He commented on the changes that come with the departure of Babiš and his replacement by Petr Fiala as prime minister. He mentions the rhetoric and style, the stance on the European Union's climate packages and the identification and solution of the Czech Republic's problems.

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iRozhlas: The new government means the end of the leaning towards Orbán, but not a radical change. The EU presidency will be crucial

In an article for iRozhlas, our researcher Vít Havelka contributed an analysis of European politics in the context of the new government, the Visegrad Group and the upcoming EU presidency. In his opinion, there will be a radical change in the rhetoric and the way of negotiation on the European stage, but we cannot expect big differences in the Czech vote.

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EURACTIV: Babis’ defeat will weaken the link between Prague and Budapest

Our director Zdeněk Beránek spoke about the relations between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Hungarian counterpart Victor Orbán. Both are harsh critics of the EU institutions. However, the defeat of Babiš in recent parliamentary elections could hurt relations between the capitals.

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Hospodářské noviny: We cannot do without V4, says Babiš as well as the opposition. But a new analysis shows that the alliance doesn't really work

Both the government and the opposition agree on the need to emphasize partnership and cooperation between the Visegrad countries. Our researcher Vít Havelka commented on the position of the Czech Republic within the V4 in an article in Hospodářské noviny.

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Deník.cz: Our politicians in the European Parliament: ANO promotes a different policy than Babiš proclaims at home

Martin Vokálek, Executive Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, commented on the different domestic and European policies of the ANO party. From the European Parliament, Czech politics may look different than at home. The coalition that rules the European Parliament and indeed the EU is made up of ANO, TOP 09, KDU-ČSL, STAN and ČSSD.

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The Czech Prime Minister seeks to renew the old anti-migration strategy and misinformation campaigns in re-election bid.

In her blog article, our intern Agathe Helluin focuses on Czech politics, particularly on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his style of political campaigning, which includes topics such as migration.

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Blesk: Epicentre: Zeman's outrageous insults of transgender people. And why hasn't the Czech Republic stood up for homosexuals?

The new Hungarian legislation has provoked a stormy reaction from the EU leadership. It bans education about sexual minorities in schools. However, the Czech Republic is one of the countries that has so far refused to join in the criticism of Hungary. In an interview with CNN Prima News on Sunday, President Miloš Zeman criticised women's political rights activists, the Me Too movement against sexual harassment and sexual minority events such as Prague Pride. His words that he finds transgender people "truly disgusting" have already gone around the world. Is the Czech Republic a progressive and liberal country, as Prime Minister Andrej Babiš claims? What are the implications of the condemnatory words of the head of state? These were the topics of Tuesday's Epicentre with Vladimír Bartovic, director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.

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Česká televize: Fight for Agrofert

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented on the conflict of interest of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in connection with the misuse of EU funds.

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