RTVS | Does von der Leyen have a clear opponent after the Spitzenkandidaten debate?

Five candidates for the post of European Commission chief clashed in a Europe-wide debate on Thursday. Two factions did not field a candidate. The system of spitzenkandidaten, i.e. the leading candidates of each group for the post of president of the European executive, was created as an effort by MEPs to increase transparency in the filling of the highest posts in the European Union, which clearly includes the president of the Commission. Who will be the one who will form the majority after the elections and does the current head of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have a significant opponent among the other spitzenkandidaten? Viktor Daněk, deputy director of EUROPEUM Institute, analysed the debate for RTVS.

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TA3 | Results of the extraordinary summit in Brussels

At the extraordinary summit of European Council in Brussels, the original economic debates quickly turned to serious geopolitical issues, such as the extension of sanctions against Iran and the strengthening of Ukrainian air defenses. However, as pointed out by Vít Havelka for Slovakian TA3, an analyst at the EUROPEUM Institute, there is no fundamental shift in the EU's approach to countries such as Russia, Israel or Iran.

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RTVS | The European Union approves aid to Ukraine of 5 billion euros and creates a special fund

The countries of the European Union have approved aid in the form of an increase of the European Peace Facility (EPF) by five billion euros. The decision to create a special fund to help Ukraine represents an important step towards strengthening support for the country against Russian aggression. Žiga Faktor, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute and head of the Brussels office, commented on the creation of the fund and its possible results for Slovakian RTVS.

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Deník N | Will the rotation in NATO leadership involve the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe?

This year will see the expected renewal of top posts in NATO and, after the European Parliament elections, also in the European Union. These positions are traditionally filled by candidates from the wealthy countries of Western and Southern Europe, and to a lesser extent Northern Europe. The countries of Eastern and Central Europe have so far, even after years of membership, still been overlooked. Poland is the only country from the region to have been awarded one of the bloc’s senior positions in the past with Donald Tusk and Jerzy Buzek leading the European Council and European Parliament respectively. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, spoke about the selections of candidates for Deník N.

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Café Evropa podcast: Two years since the invasion: what's next for Ukraine?

We invite you to a public recording of the Café Evropa podcast: two years since the invasion: what's next for Ukraine? The recording will take place on Wednesday, 21 February 2024 at 17:30 at Langhans - Kavárna a Centrum Člověka v tísni, Vodičkova 37, Prague.

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ČRo Plus | The impact of the presidential election result in Taiwan

The Democratic Progressive Party candidate wins Taiwan's presidential election for the third time in a row. The incumbent vice-president, William Lai, whom China describes as a troublemaker and separatist, will become head of state. A rapprochement with Beijing is therefore not expected, quite the opposite. Our researcher Zuzana Krulichová commented for ČRo Plus on what these elections mean, especially from an economic point of view.

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INVITATION | Migration and Climate in the Czech Republic after the War

We cordially invite you to the presentation of the results of the public opinion and discussion entitled "Migration and climate in the Czech Republic after the war". The debate and presentation will take place in the premises of PKC (Prague Creative Centre) on Thursday, 13 April, at 14:00.

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INVITATION | Green Deal and the Energy Crisis in the Czech Information Space

We would like to invite you to a debate on "Green Deal and the energy crisis in the Czech information space". The debate will take place on Tuesday, 17 January from 18:00 to 19:30. The debate will also be available to watch online on the Facebook event page.

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CNN Prima News | Hungary's position at the European Council

Our Executive Director Martin Vokálek was a guest on CNN Prima News, where he commented on the results of the European Council Summit. In particular, he commented on Viktor Orbán's position on the opening of accession negotiations for Ukraine.

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RTVS | Post-election negotiations in the Netherlands

Negotiations continue in the Netherlands on the composition of the next government. The rise of far-right parties in European countries may to some extent foreshadow the results of the European Parliament elections next June. Our deputy director Viktor Daněk analysed the post-election situation in an interview with RTVS.

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