iDnes | Czechs voted for Euroscepticism

European Parliament elections have been held in the EU Member States, but they have shown that the exchange rate will not change much. According to Viktor Daňek, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, the elections did not shake Europe too much and the future parliament will be slightly more right-wing.

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TA3 | The new parliament will determine the direction of the EU

Žiga Faktor, Deputy Director and Head of the EUROPEUM Brussels Office, commented on the interim results of the June European Parliament elections directly from Brussels.

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ČT24 | The position of the far right in the EU elections

Analyses by political analysts and pre-election polls predict a strengthening of the right or far right after the European Parliament elections in June. The success of the populists may be due to a change in priorities among younger voters. This group may feel overlooked and disadvantaged compared to older generations. Martin Vokálek, Executive Director of EUROPEUM Institute, commented on this issue.

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Blesk.cz | Charanzová the most influential MEP

The European Parliament has been mentioned a lot lately. However, this institution, which is far away from the Czechs, will undergo a transformation in the June elections. The EUROPEUM Institute has prepared a ranking of the influence of MEPs based on a survey of selected experts and stakeholders in European politics. Viktor Daněk, Deputy Director of EUROPEUM Institute, describes the ranking in more detail.

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BalkanInsight | Far from Czexit but Czechs are Still Sceptics

This year the Czech Republic celebrates 20 years since joining the European Union. Czechs are very sceptical about the EU, despite the fact that about 70 percent acknowledge that the Czech Republic benefits from EU membership and would vote to remain. Sceptical perceptions of the Union could be changed by the country's new pro-European leadership. Žiga Faktor, head of the Brussels office and deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, commented on this topic for BalkanInsight.

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Novinky.cz | Migration Pact could cost the Czech Republic millions of crowns

The Czech Republic will be able to apply for an exemption from the migration pact because of Ukrainian refugees on its territory. If this exemption is not granted, the Czech Republic will either have to accept more migrants or pay a sum of up to 480 million CZK per year into an EU fund. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, commented on the migration pact for online outlet Novinky.cz.

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ČT24 | Candidates for the European Parliament elections

Historically, there has been relatively low interest in elections to the European Parliament, and the same is likely to be true this year. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, this interest is the lowest compared to other European countries. The main reason for this is the long-neglected debate on the European Union in the Czech Republic. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, commented on the issue and European elections for ČT24.

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TV Nova | Czech Republic drew the most money from EU funds for transport

The Czech Republic uses the most money from EU funds for the reconstruction of railway stations, new railway corridors or new motorways. At the same time, traffic is continuously increasing and in some places the capacity is no longer sufficient. Rebeka Hengalová, researcher at EUROPEUM Institute, commented on this issue for the main evening broadcast of TV Nova.

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TN.cz | Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizergate

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces charges related to the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer. The first information came from the The New York Times, which has subpoenaed European Commission documents relating to the negotiations for the purchase of the vaccines. Žiga Faktor, deputy director and head of the EUROPEUM Institute's Brussels office, commented on the case for TN.cz.

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ČRo Radiožurnál | Use of Russian assets under the European Peace Facility

The European Commission has proposed how to make use of frozen Russian assets in Europe after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Up to ninety percent of the assets would be used to buy weapons for Ukraine under the so-called European Peace Facility. The remaining 10% would be transferred to the EU budget and used for the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine. The proposal still needs to be unanimously approved by EU foreign ministers. Martin Vokálek, Executive Director of EUROPEUM Institute, commented on what this proposal will mean for Ukraine and the European Union for Czech Radio Radiožurnál.

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