Visegrad Insight: Slovenia’s New Government Rejects ‘Orbán’s Visegrad’

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented for Visegrad Insight. Žiga Faktor points out that the centre-left opposition parties united in an informal coalition known as the "Constitutional Arch Coalition" have not coordinated as closely as the opposition parties in the Czech Republic, which have formed two coalition blocs, the centre-right SPOLU and the centrist PirStan.

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Empowering Serbian CSOs involved in the decarbonization process through the V4 experience

The project focuses on strengthening civil society organizations in Serbia towards more successful advocacy and enhanced participation in policymaking within the area of green transformation with a particular focus on coal phase-out.

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Aktuálně.cz: How to reduce dependence on Russia: Europe and others tackle gas, oil and coal cuts

Our researcher, Kateřina Davidová, commented for Aktuálně.cz on the latest package of sanctions against Russia by the European Union. According to her, the biggest impact on the Russian economy would be the restriction or ban on the purchase of mineral resources from the largest European customers or even from the whole European union. The best alternative to these energies would be to switch to renewable energy sources, says Kateřina Davidová.

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INVITATION: DIGITAL WORLD – A BOON OR A FRONTLINE?

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and The Centre for European Perspective – CEP invite you to a hybrid event: DIGITAL WORLD – A BOON OR A FRONTLINE? The event will take place on Tuesday, 5 April at 10:30 in Prague Creative Centre, room 219, or online on our Facebook page.

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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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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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e15.cz: What Merkel's successors are planning: wage increase, digitalization and continuation of Nord Stream 2

What will the new government do for the environment? And how are German-Russian relations likely to develop? Our research associate Tereza Novotná and the institute's director Zdeněk Beránek contributed to this article on what the future German coalition is up to.

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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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 Paving the digital path in Central and Eastern Europe  - Regional perspectives on advancing digital transformation and cooperation

Christian Kvorning Lassen, Director of Research at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, contributed with his text on Bridging the digital gaps – a Czech perspective in a new publication titled: Paving the digital path in Central and Eastern Europe - Regional perspectives on advancing digital transformation and cooperation from Centre for European Perspective - CEP.

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Washington Examiner: Germany will continue to host US nuclear weapons, incoming government says

Despite strong anti-nuclear traditions within the major parties of the coalition, the incoming government has decided that Germany will continue to host US nuclear weapons. The EUROPEUM Director Zdeněk Beránek has commented on this topic for Washington Examiner.

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