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On the 2nd May 2018, the European Commission introduced its first draft of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework as well as a special provision[1] outside the MFF regulation. Its intention is to assure that beneficiary countries respect “a sound financial management and the Rule of Law” – if a member state breaches these principles, it… » 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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The Czechs have elected their new House of Deputies. One party arose from that election as the clear, undisputed victor: ANO, a self-declared pro-European party, member of ALDE—European Liberal Democrats led by the well-known federalist, Guy Verhofstadt. The self-declaration of being pro-European is crucial, since the movement, although a supporter of Czech Republic’s staying in… » read more

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The Czech Republic is currently facing a political crisis that has, to say the least, left both political analysts and Czech citizens confounded. To sum the situation up, on May 2, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced that the resignation of the whole government because of the inability of the finance minister Andrej Babiš… » read more

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In a recent interview with Hospodarske Noviny, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that he is open to cooperation between the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Communists (KSCM) on government level. Up until now, this has been hindered by the so-called Bohumin resolution of 1995. The resolution was put in place to ensure that the… » read more

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  My previous blog ”In Search of a New Political Culture” focused on the increasingly toxic political culture of dismantling the legacy of predecessors at all costs rather than fostering a culture of cooperation, and the consequences hereof. To sum it up, if our democracies only revolve around 4 to 8 year vicious election cycles… » read more

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