FORUM 24 | Michel's (ir)responsible departure and Orbán at the head of the European Council? Election fight begins in Brussels

The announced departure of Charles Michel from the European Council immediately became the focus of discussions across Brussels and the member states. Our Deputy Director and Head of the Brussels Office Žiga Faktor commented on several key issues related to the future functioning of the EU.

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E15 | Summit in Brussels will show if Orbán is Putin's Trojan horse in the EU

Viktor Orbán is the only EU leader who has stated in advance that he does not intend to support the opening of accession negotiations with Ukraine. The question is what his motivations are and whether he will be softened by the unblocking of EU funding for Hungary. Our senior researcher Jana Juzová commented on Orbán's position at the Summit for the daily E15.

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TV Nova | The most important EU summit of this year starts in Brussels

Long-term financial aid to Ukraine and the start of accession talks on its membership in the Union will be the main topics of the EU summit in Brussels. The situation in the Middle East is also to be addressed. Our deputy director and head of the Brussels office Žiga Faktor commented on the issue for the TN Nova.

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E15 | Regulation of artificial intelligence meets resistance in Brussels. Germany, France and Italy have changed their minds

There is a row in Brussels over the upcoming regulation of AI. Our junior research fellow Silke Maes assesses what arguments are being put forward by individual member states and what impact they will have on future developments in her commentary.

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Radiožurnál | Ukrainian optimism and Balkan frustration. There is a lot of political pressure for EU enlargement, experts say

The European Commission will issue a report on the progress of rapprochement with EU candidate countries. Where do Ukraine or the Western Balkan countries stand? In the Bruselské chlebíčky podcast, the topic was discussed in great detail by Žiga Faktor, Director of the EUROPEUM Institute's Brussels office, and Jana Juzová, our Senior Research Fellow.

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RTVS | What did the leaders discuss at the European Council?

Představitelé členských států jednali na summitu v Bruselu. Ne všichni se nadále shodují na bezmezné podpoře Ukrajiny. Jaký dopad může mít odlišný pohled Maďarska a Slovenska na zasílání zbraní ukrajinské armádě a co to znamená pro Ukrajinu? I na to odpovídal pro slovenskou televizi RTVS ředitel naší bruselské kanceláře Žiga Faktor.

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EURACTIV.cz: "Being prime minister is still more than being a heavyweight in Brussels." Boss von der Leyen is falling apart Commission

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, spoke to EURACTIV.cz about the departure of Dutchman Frans Timmermans from the European Commission. The influential vice-president of the European Commission was lured by the prospect of the prime minister's chair in the Netherlands, and his boss, Ursula von der Leyen, has to manage without him. But her difficulties do not end there, a year before the European elections.

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Internship offer: internship in our Brussels office (autumn/winter 2023)

The EUROPEUM Brussels Office is offering internships from September 2023 to January 2024. More information about the offer can be found in the attached PDF file below.

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Radiožurnál: Hungary without the Presidency? A slap in the face for Orbán and a sign of EU frustration with his policies, says expert

In the Bruselské chlebíčky podcast, the head of the Brussels office of the EUROPEUM think-tank comments on the situation with the upcoming European Presidency. The incoming Spanish presidency is currently open-ended, due to the upcoming Spanish elections, and the Hungarian presidency next year is one that MEPs would prefer to abolish altogether.

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ČRo Plus: Accession talks with Ukraine could start this year in Brussels

Our senior researcher Jana Juzová commented on the topic of Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Both President Petr Pavel and Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský of the Pirate Party want to push for it. Did Ukraine get a real promise from the Czech side or a false hope? And how strong is the determination of the member states to accept Ukraine among them?

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