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In another series of unfortunate tweets, D. Trump stated that ‘trade wars are good and easy to win’. The latter came after global actors, including the EU, condemned the US decision to put tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum and promptly responded in kind, therefore possibly triggering a WTO dispute. The US tariffs were… » read more

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In central Europe, for twenty-six years, there have not been any murder of journalists. This changed on the 25th February, 2018, when journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were murdered in cold blood outside Bratislava. In its aftermath, Slovakia is dealing with a crisis of democracy; the murder started a discussion about freedom… » read more

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In recent years several leaks of information from tax heavens, some of them are called Swiss leaks, Panama papers or Paradise papers, have raised public awareness of massive tax evasion. Those documents shocked the entire world by how many people, including public officials, were involved. From then on, the endeavour to prevent these tax avoidances… » read more

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The Sociological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences recently published a study about Czech attitudes towards direct democracy. A striking 82% majority of those surveyed think that important questions regarding foreign affairs should be decided by their elected representatives rather than in general referenda. After last year´s general elections, the political elite of the… » read more

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Last week the European Commission released new information that Czech Republic and 8 other member states are behind schedule on reducing emissions. All countries in question; Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have until mid-March to deliver documents proving genuine effort to meet the quotas. If there… » read more

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Vladimír Bartovic, Martin Michelot, Zuzana Stuchlíková and Vít Havelka react to the informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government held on the 23rd of February 2018.   Vladimír Bartovic | Why the Czech government refuses changes in the EU architecture   During the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels last… » read more

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The migration crisis has been and still is a dominant issue within European politics. The European solution based on the solidarity principle was the refugee redistribution quota. In opposing to this plan, the V4 became a symbol of non-solidarity in Europe. The migration crisis exposed a clash of fundamental values in Europe. Particularly within the… » read more

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In November 2017, EU Member States expressed their will to create a Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO)[1]. Twenty-Five Member States of the European Union have singed and published a list of projects that will be implemented under PESCO. Many areas of security are included under these projects, and this article aims to… » read more

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Since October 2015 when the Law and Justice party (PiS, Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) seized power in Poland, many controversial reforms has been enforced, which has provoked international criticism expressed mainly by the EU. In spite of the radical steps beeing made by the government which disrupt the rule of law, public support of the party… » read more

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On 20th of November, The European Council announced the new locations of the two European agencies that are going to be leaving London as a consequence of Brexit. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will head to Amsterdam while the European Bank Authority (EBA) will head to Paris. Several EU member states tried to become a… » read more

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