INVITATION: Protection of information space, free media and their role in strengthening the rule of law

We would like to invite you to a conference on the protection of information space, free media and their role in strengthening the rule of law, which will take place on 3 June at 13:45 at the European House in Prague.

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EU MONITOR: The European Union’s Position Toward Ukraine’s EU Membership

Jakub Ferenčík wrote the EU Monitor on "The EU's stance on Ukraine's EU membership", where he discusses Ukraine's potential membership in the EU. Ferenčík also discusses the process of transitioning to EU membership and compares it to a similar process faced by some other countries, notably Serbia. In his work, the author discusses some of the factors of the transition process, from subscribing to EU values such as "human dignity, freedom and equality" to creating an area of "prosperity and neighbourhood".

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Stošestka: How does the victory of Vučić and Orbán threaten the values of the rule of law?

Jana Juzová, EUROPEUM Research Fellow, participated in the new episode of Transparency International's Stošestka podcast. From Brussels, she explained how the elections in Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, and France decided the political future of Europe.

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EURONEWS: Ukraine is pushing for EU membership. But what are the real chances?

Our Researcher Jana Juzová commented Ukraine and its prospects for EU membership in the article for Euronews. Zelensky has in fact signed an official application for EU membership, a step that any European state can initiate on its own. Zelensky has raised the stakes and asked for a faster procedure so that his country can join the Union as soon as possible.

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Policy Brief: Black Sea Synergy: Adopting a Holistic Approach to Maritime Security

As part of a study visit to the Brussels office of Think Visegrad, a publication by Michael van Ginkel was published, focusing on prosperity and security in the Black Sea region. The document provides an overview of the current situation in the region, possible threats, and ways to prevent them. The author of the paper recommends adopting a holistic approach to maritime security and describes priority areas that could benefit from increased synergies in the Black Sea region.

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World Politics Review: Germany’s New Government Could Spell Trouble for the Visegrad Four

The director of our Brussel's office, Žiga Faktor, gave a commentary to World Politics Review on their new article Germany's New Government Could Spell Trouble for the Visegrad Four. The New German Government had been getting positive reviews even before it took office in early December. But not everyone is pleased with the new coalition government, one of which is Viktor Orban.

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World Politics Review: Nová německá vláda by mohla způsobit problémy Visegrádské čtyřce

Ředitel naší bruselské kanceláře, Žiga Faktor, poskytl komentář pro World Politics Review k článku "Nová německá vláda by mohla způsobit problémy Visegrádské čtyřce". Nová německá vláda se setkávala s pozitivními ohlasy ještě než se ujala úřadu na začátku prosince. Ne všichni jsou však novou koaliční vládou nadšeni, vyjádřil se i Viktor Orbán.

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Policy Paper: Time to Redefine the Terms and Conditions of the Transatlantic Relationship? – 2021 Transatlantic Policy Forum in Review

On November 18-19, 2021, the fourth edition of the Transatlantic Policy Forum took place. It was hosted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the International Republican Institute (IRI), supported by the International Visegrad Fund, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The aim of this Policy Paper is to provide a summary and analysis of the discussions that took place, while respecting the Chatham House rule and thus preserving the anonymity of the participants. This analysis aims to highlight and elaborate on the main findings of the participants.

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Aktuálně.cz: Domino effect in Central Eastern Europe? EU criticises attacks on media in Slovenia

Slovenia is beginning to resemble Hungary in many ways. The European Parliament's attention has been drawn, among other things, to pressure on journalists and independent institutions. Žiga Faktor, head of the Brussels office of the Institute for European Policy, commented on the state of the rule of law in Slovenia for Aktuálně.

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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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