DW: Czech Republic takes over rotating European presidency

The Czech Republic has taken over the rotating presidency of the European council. It has vowed to focus largely on aid to Ukraine and the war's repercussions. Žiga Faktor, the head of our Brussels office talked in a brief interview with DW. Žiga Faktor finds the Czech Republic a perfect fit for trying to find a consensus on the situation and the position towards Russia.

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DW: Česká republika přebírá rotující evropské předsednictví

Česká republika převzala rotující předsednictví. Přislíbila, že se zaměří především na pomoc Ukrajině a na důsledky války. V krátkém rozhovoru pro DW hovořil Žiga Faktor, vedoucí naší bruselské kanceláře. Žiga Faktor považuje Českou republiku za ideální pro pokus o nalezení konsensu o současné situaci a postoji k Rusku.

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Blisty: Rozhovor Britských listů 505. Are the Visegrad Four irrevocably discredited?

The head of our Brussels office Žiga Faktor gave an interview to the British Gazette. In the interview they compare how the Czech Republic and Slovenia are dealing with the legacy of populist governments.

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iDnes: Czech sounds through Brussels. Spejbl and Hurvínek will be there with the Presidency

The Czech Republic will sit on the EU Council for the second time in July. Thanks to the presidency and the growing number of visiting diplomats, the Czech language is spreading through Brussels more than usual, so you can hear "ahoj" or "rád tě vidím" here and there in the streets, writes Žiga Faktor in his commentary for iDNES.cz.

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LA LIBRE: Reputedly Eurosceptic, the Czech Republic is trimming its European suit

Our research fellow Žiga Faktor commented for the Belgian daily La Libre on the topic of Czech Euroscepticism. The positive attitude of Václav Havel (the so-called great European) towards Europe was also reflected in the incoming Czech presidency, specifically in the motto "Europe as a task". The motto is inspired by his speech in Cácy in 1996. Despite a positive attitude in the past, according to the latest data from STEM, only 33 % of Czechs have a positive view of the Czech Republic's EU membership.

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DELO.SI: Prime Minister Fialla's presidency will be hampered by past mistakes

The Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU begins today. One of the challenges that the Czech Republic will face is the possible extension of sanctions against Russia, for instance in the gas sector. However, the geographical proximity of Ukraine to the Czech Republic should facilitate negotiations on this issue. Žiga Faktor, head of our Brussels office, commented on this topic for the Slovenian online daily DELO.

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Work in Progress: The Migration Pact between French and Czech presidencies

Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Think Visegrad platform cordially invite you to an expert roundtable discussion titled: Work in Progress: The Migration Pact between French and Czech presidencies.The discussion will take place on Tuesday 12th July from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Orange Room of the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, 8, 1000 Brussels

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E15: European politicians underestimated Russia 13 years ago. Czech Republic faces a more difficult presidency

Michal Hrubý, our Research Fellow, commented on the topic of the Czech EU Presidency in an article for the news server E15 in which he addresses the issue of gas from Russia. The article also compares the situation with 2009, when the Czech Republic held the EU Council Presidency for the first time.

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Politico: Czech Republic braces for rocky EU presidency amid Ukraine war, high inflation

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented for the news website Politico on the approach of the Czech government and the attitude of the Czech electorate towards the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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E15: Candidate status is just a gesture. Ukraine will join the European Union decades from now

Senior Research Fellow Jana Juzová commented for E15.cz on the topic of Ukraine's EU membership. The launch of the accession process was supported by the European Commission, but also by some EU member states - for example, Germany, France, Italy and, of course, the Czech Republic.

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