INVITATION: Café Evropa: 18 years of the Czech Republic in the EU - how has our EU membership matured?

We would like to invite you to another debate within the Café Evropa series, this time on the topic "18 years of the Czech Republic in the EU - how has our membership in the European Union grown?". This time the debate will take place in person during Europe Day on Střelecký ostrov in Prague, and will also be streamed on our Facebook page. What are the biggest benefits of the Czech Republic's EU membership? How has the Czech Republic changed since joining the EU and how do you assess its performance in the EU so far? And can the Czech presidency make a major contribution to improving the Czechs' understanding of how the EU works?

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INVITATION: Café Evropa online: The future of the Common Agricultural Policy - who will benefit from it?

We invite you to a debate as part of the Café Evropa series, this time on the topic "Café Evropa online: The future of the Common Agricultural Policy - who will benefit from it?". The debate will take place on 25 April at 17:30. Is the increasing support for organic farming a step in the right direction? How to set up eco-schemes for the period 2023-2027 to motivate farmers to farm sustainably?

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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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INVITATION: Café Evropa online: The future of European energy - how to ensure stable and clean energy sources without Russia?

We would like to invite you to the Café Evropa debate on 21 March at 17:30 on the topic "The future of European energy - how to ensure stable and clean energy sources without Russia?". The Russian invasion of Ukraine has, among other things, further fuelled the question of energy security in the Czech Republic and the EU and the future of energy in our country. The current security situation points to the need to diversify energy sources as soon as possible, i.e. to secure energy supplies from different regions and countries in order to avoid excessive dependence on Russia. There are also views in the public debate that coal extraction could be temporarily increased, which would enable some countries to cover any shortfalls in resources. Is a complete or even partial halt of Russian gas supplies to the Czech Republic and the European Union a realistic option? What impact would this have on our energy security? How much further increase in energy prices can we expect in this case? How should EU countries react and help households and industry cope with the expected increase? Could a possible temporary increase in coal extraction mean a return to fossil fuels and the end of the EU's climate ambitions? Or could the current problematic situation further accelerate the energy transition?

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INVITATION: Café Evropa online: EU Digital Package - how will it affect online services in Europe?

We would like to invite you to a debate "Café Evropa online: The EU Digital Package - How will it affect online services in Europe?". The debate will take place online on 31 March at 17:30. The debate will be in Czech and you can watch it on our Facebook page.

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Deník N: The Green Deal is more important than ever, says the Decarbonising Automotive Transport conference

Our researcher Michal Hrubý attended the conference on Decarbonisation of Automotive Transport where he took part in the debate. We are on the threshold of a decision about the future of Czech car transport. Demand for electromobility is growing exponentially globally, as is the development of battery technology. In the future, these could become value-added products that will kick-start our economy and return the Czech Republic to a leading position in the investment environment. According to representatives of the European Parliament, the state administration, the automotive industry and independent experts on electromobility, it is now important for the Czech Republic to leave the scepticism of change behind and start educating and preparing for the decarbonisation of automotive transport. Not only for the environmental impact, but especially for the future competitiveness of the sector. This was stated in a debate at the Decarbonisation of Automotive Transport conference organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy on Tuesday 1 March.

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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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INVITATION: Café Evropa online: The security situation in Eastern Europe - how much are we at risk?

We would like to invite you to the next debate within the Café Evropa series, this time on the topic "Café Evropa: The security situation in Eastern Europe - how much are we at risk?" The debate will take place on 3 February at 17:30. What are Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe? If diplomacy fails, is war with Russia a realistic scenario? Is the EU being bypassed on resolving tensions on Ukraine's borders? What exactly is Moscow seeking in relation to the Czech Republic and other Central and Eastern European states?

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INVITATION: Café Evropa online: Poland versus the EU - where is the Polish government heading?

We invite you to the first debate of the Café Evropa series of this year, this time on the topic: "Poland versus the EU - where is the Polish government heading?". The debate will take place on February 1st at 5:30 pm online on our Facebook page. What steps is the EU taking in relation to Poland and should it take tougher action? Wouldn't such a step interfere too much with national competences? What tools can the EU use against Poland and what role does the Polish National Recovery Plan play in this situation? How real is Polexit - Poland's withdrawal from the EU?

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