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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E15.cz: Orbán emptied the state coffers before the elections. Next government will have to cut back

Réka Sulyok from the Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM described for news server E15.cz the current political developments in Hungary in the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections. The article discusses in more detail the position Hungary could potentially find itself in after the re-election of the current prime minister Viktor Orbán or, on the contrary, the consequences of a possible victory of the opposition candidate Péter Márki-Zay.

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BLOG: Is the COVID-19 pandemic the coup de grace Hungarian democracy?

Intern Filip Sidó wrote a blog on "Is the COVID-19 pandemic a coup in Hungarian democracy?" in which he discusses the newly declared state of emergency in Hungary, which allows Prime Minister Orbán to rule through decrees that essentially give him unlimited power.

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BLOG: Is the COVID-19 pandemic the coup de grace Hungarian democracy?

Stážista Filip Sidó napsal blog na téma "Je pandemie COVID-19 převratem v maďarské demokracii?", ve které se zabývá nově vyhlášeným nouzovým stavem v Maďarsku, který premiérovi Orbánovi umožňuje vládnout pomocí dekretů, které mu v podstatě dávají neomezenou moc.

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SWP: Between change and continuity: European expectations towards Czech and German EU policies after the 2021 elections

For the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Žiga Faktor, Director of our Brussels office, and Zuzana Stuchlíková, Research Associate at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, co-authored an article on the European expectations of the Czech and German governments' European policy.

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POZVÁNKA: Café Evropa online: Rostoucí ceny energií – jak se s nimi vypořádat v Česku a co může udělat EU?

Ceny energií v posledních týdnech závratně stoupají napříč Evropou i světem. Například v Evropě cena zemního plynu na chvíli vzrostla až o více než 800 procent. Zemní plyn se v mnohých státech využívá k vytápění domácností a také dodává elektřinu průmyslu a ve snahách upustit od využívání uhlí má hrát důležitou roli. Nejen o tom, jak se vypořádat s rostoucími cenami energií bude další z debat Café Evropa. Debata proběhne ve čtvrtek 18.11. od 17:30 online na našem Facebooku.

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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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E15: Dutch PM wants to take EU money away from Poland. He wants to freeze Dutch money from Poland

Zdeněk Beranek, Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, commented for the news portal E15 on the statement of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the rejection of the Polish National Recovery Plan. Poland would lose €36 billion, roughly CZK 914 billion, in EU funds. However, according to Zdeněk Beránek, such a scenario is not imminent.

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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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Seznam Zprávy: Next prime minister and his unique chance. How to make use of Europe?

Our researcher Vít Havelka participated in a debate focused on the future presidency of the Czech Republic in the Council of European Union. The debate answered the questions: what are and what should be its priorities? How does he want to fulfil them? And is it ready to do so?

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