Policy Paper | The Perception of Visegrad Group on Enlargement in light of the Russian War on Ukraine

A new policy paper, produced with the support of the Visegrad Fund project, analyses the views of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary on the further enlargement of the European Union. With the granting of candidate status to Moldova and Ukraine and the recognition of Georgia as a potential candidate in June 2022, the issue of reforming the EU accession process is becoming absolutely crucial and, in the context of the war in Ukraine, a divisive issue for the V4 countries. The authors of the publication are Jana Juzová, Ferenc Németh, Tomáš Strážay and Marta Szpala.

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FORUM 24 | Ukraine's accession will mean changes for the European Union itself

In its assessment report, the European Commission recommended EU leaders to open accession negotiations with Ukraine, which is to be decided at the European Council in mid-December. But admitting such a large country, which also neighbours Russia, would mean the EU would require internal reforms in order to uphold the principles on which the Union now operates. In her commentary for FORUM 24, our senior researcher and head of the Global Europe programme describes how would Ukraine's membership change the EU and its institutions.

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Op-Ed | The grain dispute is the first sign that Ukraine's EU accession will not be easy. What obstacles await on this path?

The Ukrainian grain situation is making waves in Europe. Deputy Director and Head of the Brussels Office Ziga Faktor wrote an Op-Ed about the impact of the situation on the country's EU accession and how some member states are reacting.

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ČRo Plus | What impact could the outcome of the Dutch elections have on European affairs?

Negotiations on the composition of the new government began in the Netherlands. It is not yet clear whether the winner of the vote, Geert Wilders, will end up joining it. How might the success of his Eurosceptic party affect the country's relationship with the European Union? Our deputy director Viktor Daněk commented on the outcome of the Dutch elections on Czech Radio Plus.

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Deník N | It's a nightmare for Europe, expert assesses the electoral triumph of the Dutch far right

The far-right populist Party for Freedom (PVV) won the Dutch general election. This will not only affect the Netherlands - it will have an impact on the direction of the country itself, but also outline a broader European trend for the upcoming European Parliament elections. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of EUROPEUM, explained to Deník N what all this could mean not only for the Dutch, but also for the European Union, migrants, and Ukraine.

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Euractiv | Moravian-Silesian Region wants to spend "coal billions" on big projects, but they are still risky

The Moravian-Silesian Region is one of the three Czech coal regions that will receive extra money from the European Union. Klára Votavová, a researcher at EUROPEUM Institute, answered questions about the funds intended for the "special needs" of the burdened regions.

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TV Nova | Hungary before the European Parliament elections

The election campaign for the European Parliament elections in Hungary has begun, and according to expectations, it is quite sharp. But what is Hungary's real position in the current European Union? And how might the proposed reforms or enlargement of the Union change it in the future? Our deputy director Viktor Daněk commented on the issue in an interview with TV Nova.

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Hospodářské noviny | We are threatened by the influx of refugees and the loss of oil and gas. It is not in our interest to support everything Israel does

"Europe must stand behind Israel and support its right to exist. But that does not mean that it should take a completely unilateral position on the Gaza conflict. It would pay the price for that", says Luuk van Middelaar, a professor and one of the most respected commentators on events in the European Union, in an interview with Hospodářské noviny. Midelaar participated in the Prague European Summit organised, among others, by the EUROPEUM Institute.

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ČT24 | Veto power in the European Union: a brake or a guarantee of compromise?

The veto in the European Union gives power to Member States and guarantees the principle of compromise solutions. But what can it mean for the future vision of an enlarged Union? Žiga Faktor, deputy director and head of our Brussels office, discussed this topic in an interview for Horizont 24 on ČT24.

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RTVS | The European Union enlargement

European Commision has recommened the start of accession talks with more candidate countries and the topic of EU's enlargement is once more high on the priority list. In what time horizon will these countries be able to become full members? And will it be even possible to bring new states to the table before full-scale reforms that could change the EU we know today? The director of our Brussels office Žiga Faktor has commented on the issue in an interview with RTVS.

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