e15 | Slovak government toughens up after attack on Fico. Violent acts may increase, experts warn

Democracy and the rule of law in Slovakia are in even greater danger after last week's assassination of Prime Minister Robert Fico than before. Government politicians, led by Fico's caretaker deputy Robert Kaliňák, are likely to try to take advantage of the current situation to introduce repressive measures against the opposition and the liberal media, but this may also affect business there. Our project manager Kristína Chlebáková comments on the whole situation for e15.

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BLOG | A Proposal for Politically-Willing Countries to Resolve Europe’s Rule of Law Crisis

Given the lack of adequate EU responses over rule of law violations, politically-willing European states ought to consider a novel accountability mechanism. It is high time for committed European states to take innovative and decisive action on more than a decade of democratic backsliding sweeping the region and the world. Should European Union Member States concerned about rule of law violations seek a solution outside the EU institutions? Our researcher Henry Barrett, a Fulbright-Schuman Grantee, writes about this topic in his blog.

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BLOG | Jak vyřešit krizi právního státu v Evropě?

Vzhledem k nedostatečné reakci EU na porušování zásad právního státu by evropské státy, které k tomu mají politické důvody, měly zvážit zavedení nového mechanismu odpovědnosti. Je nejvyšší čas, aby evropské státy přijaly inovativní a rozhodné kroky v souvislosti s více než desetiletým úpadkem demokracie, který zasáhl nejen Evropu, ale i celý svět. Měly by členské státy Evropské unie, znepokojené porušováním zásad právního státu, hledat řešení mimo orgány EU? O tématu píše ve svém blogu náš výzkumník v rámci Fulbright-Schumanova grantu Henry Barrett.

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BLOG | The Use of Article 7 as a Protection Tool for the Rule of Law and European Values

With Hungary taking over the EU presidency in July 2024, many are questioning the EU's ability to promote its values in its member states. Indeed, the EU is about to hand over its presidency to a state that has been criticised for its actions that threaten the rule of law and is subject to the procedure set out in Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), writes Maxime Painot in his blog.

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BLOG | The Use of Article 7 as a Protection Tool for the Rule of Law and European Values

Vzhledem k tomu, že Maďarsko převezme v červenci 2024 předsednictví v Radě EU, mnozí pochybují o schopnosti Evropské unie prosazovat své hodnoty v členských státech. EU se skutečně chystá předat své předsednictví státu, který je kritizován za své jednání ohrožující právní stát a podléhá postupu stanovenému v článku 7 Smlouvy o Evropské unii (SEU). Píše ve svém blogu Maxime Painot.

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TN.cz | Meeting of the Visegrad Group Foreign Ministers

The current format of the Visegrad Group lacks common topics; the group fragmented into two pairs that have different opinions in many areas, particularly regarding the issue of Ukraine. However, the interests of Hungary and Slovakia are not in conflict with others, despite what their leaders claim. The conflict in the Middle East, where the Czech Republic is in the minority in its full support of Israel, was also discussed on this meeting. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of EUROPEUM Institute, commented on the situation within the V4 for TN Live.

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E15 | Fico is "orbanising" Slovakia faster than expected. Presidential elections are the hope

In Slovakia, Robert Fico is preparing changes to criminal law that could seriously undermine the functioning of democracy and the rule of law. In particular, the planned abolition of the Office of the Special Prosecutor is a cause for concern. Our project manager Kristína Chlebáková assessed the situation for E15.

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RTVS | The European Parliament strongly condemned Hungary

On Thursday, the European Parliament condemned the Hungarian government's deliberate, continuous and systematic efforts to undermine the fundamental values of the European Union. The resolution, which was supported by 345 MEPs, expresses deep concern at the further erosion of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary. What are the main reasons why the European Parliament has expressed its so far strongest reservations against Hungary? Žiga Faktor, director of our Brussels office and deputy director, commented on RTVS.

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ČRo | The current Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán threatens the values, institutions and financial interests of the EU

MEPs say Hungary should not receive any EU funding until it proves that it has reliably corrected its shortcomings in the rule of law and human rights. Viktor Danek, deputy director of the Czech Radio, comments on the current developments concerning Hungary, the EU and the blocking of financial aid to Ukraine.

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TN Nova | MEPs agree that Orbán's government is against the fundamental values of the EU

According to the resolution adopted by MEPs, Hungary should not receive any more EU money until it proves that it has corrected its shortcomings regarding the rule of law and human rights. They also agreed that Viktor Orbán's government is a threat to the values of the European Union. Žiga Faktor, head of the Brussels office of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, discussed the issue.

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