Agata Palickova

EU-China 02-09-2019

Fact check: Has Europe surrendered its south to China?

According to French President Emmanuel Macron, Europe has made the mistake of systematically handing key European infrastructures in southern Europe to the Chinese. EURACTIV has done a fact-check.
Enlargement 27-08-2019

15 countries, and counting, revoke recognition of Kosovo, Serbia says

With Togo becoming the fifteenth country to revoke its recognition of Kosovo, according to Serbia's foreign minister, Belgrade has moved closer to its goal of having half of UN member states not recognising its former province's independence.
Enlargement 27-08-2019

Kosovo president sets 6 October as date for snap parliamentary vote

Since Kosovo’s government collapsed last week, Western countries expect a new cabinet to relaunch talks between Belgrade and Pristina and make sure these countries lift obstacles for joining the EU in the longer term.
Politics 23-08-2019

The Czech president’s summer power play comes to an end

The latest Czech government crisis is over: President Miloš Zeman will appoint Lubomír Zaorálek as the new minister of culture on Tuesday (27 August), ending a dispute over the post that almost caused a collapse of the government. However, the crisis has exposed the deteriorating state of democracy in the country.

Fight against top-level corruption is needed in Slovakia, says monitoring report

Slovakia should adopt steps to prevent corruption in the government, said a report published on Thursday (22 August) by the Council of Europe, citing 'systemic weaknesses'  in the country's legal framework.
Central Europe 21-08-2019

Prague mayor comes under international spotlight

Zdeněk Hřib is the first mayor of Prague to come from the Pirate Party. In his post for only ten months, Hřib has already drawn the attention of international media mainly due to his opposition to the growing Chinese influence in the country.

Investigation of Slovak journalist murder uncovers other serious crimes

A year and a half since the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, prosecutors said that the investigation has uncovered a ring of other crimes, including four murders and planned high-level assassinations.
Freedom of thought 19-08-2019

Catholic church continues battle against LGBT in Visegrád Four

The rhetoric of the Catholic Church members against the LGBT community is becoming increasingly aggressive in four eastern EU countries, with priests comparing the LGBT movement to the plague and calling it an “ideology” with totalitarian features.
Future EU 12-08-2019

Hungary and Finland wage media war of words

In July, a spat broke out between Hungary and Finland, which took over the EU's rotating Council presidency Romania and with its program quickly became a new enemy for Budapest.

Political violence against women at the highest level since 2018

The threat of political violence towards women has grown over the past 19 months and is currently at its highest level recorded since 2018, a new report by the NGO Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has found.
EU-China 30-07-2019

Have Russia and China gone too far with harvesting personal data for visa applications?

If you plan to travel to Russia or China for the holidays, you may be surprised by the countries' visa application processes, both of which request a substantial quantity of personal data.
Central Europe 24-07-2019

China’s political interference in Czech Republic back in focus

Political interference by China is now essentially a global phenomenon. In the Czech Republic, relations with Bejing are institutionalised in the 17 plus 1 framework. Their real impact is difficult to assess but they have already pitted the country's president against many other politicians and the public.
Central Asia 23-07-2019

Scandals in Kyrgyzstan highlight dubious Chinese business practices

Kyrgyzstan was shaken by a major corruption scandal involving a Chinese company while the country’s capital Bishkek was hosting a ministerial meeting of the five Central Asian countries earlier this month. EU officials told EURACTIV this experience should serve as...
Global Europe 19-07-2019

UN expert describes Hungarian migrant camps as places of detention and deterrence

A United Nations human rights expert has expressed concerns about the detention conditions of migrants in Hungarian transit zones, urging authorities to move families and children to other centres with better health and sanitary facilities.

EU urges Iran’s full compliance with nuclear deal

EU ministers called for Iran to fully comply with its embattled nuclear deal, and reiterated their regret at the US’ withdrawal, at a foreign affairs ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (15 July). EU ministers discussed how to preserve the...
Central Europe 15-07-2019

Will the government of Andrej Babiš survive again?

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote on 27 June, but his coalition government is torn by internal strife and appears to be nearer the end than at any point in its past 12 months in office.
Central Europe 12-07-2019

Slovak president attacks Beijing’s human rights record

Slovakian president Zuzana Čaputová has criticised Beijing for not respecting human rights, during a visit by China's foreign affairs chief on Wednesday (10 July). Wang Yi was in Slovakia to discuss the involvement of the Visegrád Four in the Silk Road project.
Global Europe 11-07-2019

Turkish report ramps up harassment of foreign media

More than 20 human rights and freedom of expression organisations, as well as Turkish opposition, have condemned a report by a Turkish pro-government think tank, which is “blacklisting” journalists working for foreign media.
Global Europe 10-07-2019

Erdogan visits Bosnia as part of bigger game

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) this week. The primary aim was to attend a summit, but analysts said it was also an effort to boost his hunt for members of the Gülen movement and reinforce his influence on Bosnian domestic politics.
Enlargement 08-07-2019

Bulgaria and North Macedonia assume joint presidency of Berlin Process

Bulgaria and North Macedonia - an EU member and a candidate country - have decided to jointly host the presidency of the so-called Berlin Process for the Western Balkans. The unusual decision was taken at a summit in the Polish city of Poznań last week.
Global Europe 05-07-2019

Botched local elections undermine Albania’s EU prospects

Since February, the political scene of EU hopeful Albania has been in a deep crisis and marred by protests. On Sunday (30 June), the government decided to hold the local elections even though the opposition boycotted them, leaving voters with little meaningful choice between political options.
EU Elections 2019 04-07-2019

Visegrad leaders claim victory in race for EU top jobs

The leaders of the Visegrad Four – Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – were jubilant back home after they successfully blocked their arch-enemy Frans Timmermans from winning the European Commission presidency.
Enlargement 01-07-2019

EU must revamp enlargement as a concept, report says

Since the Thessaloniki summit in 2003, where the EU expressed support for all the Western Balkan countries, only Croatia has become a full member of the bloc. A recent report suggests Brussels should revamp the handling of the whole process, with a directorate that would only deal with EU hopefuls.
Global Europe 27-06-2019

Europe is trying to save Iran’s nuclear deal

Top French, German and British diplomats were meeting with the US envoy for Iran in Paris on Thursday (27 June) in a bid to salvage the Iran nuclear deal which the Trump administration has abandoned, amid continuing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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