In 2004, the Central European and Baltic countries joined the European Union as new members. The Prague office seeks to strengthen liberal forces, both political and intellectual, in the region. Our project office particularly supports the 4Liberty.eu network, which serves as a centre of competence and a platform for dialogue.
Media Pluralism in Eastern Europe Under Pressure
The Polish government's campaign against unfavourable reporting has just culminated in a new advertising tax. The end result could be the weakening or dissolution of independent private media in Poland. The EU must act decisively now to defend the rule of law, our experts analyse.
From Poland With Love - January
From media state capture in Poland to a renewed discussion of LGBT-free zones: In his monthly newsletter, guest contributor Dr. Milosz Hodun is giving us updates about current news, events and all other things you need to know about Poland.
Kaja Kallas and the liberal Estonia of the future
After the resignation of Jüri Ratas (Estonian Centre Party) on January 13th, due to an inquiry entailing alleged corruption charges against his party, Kaja Kallas, the centre-right Reform Party’s leader, has become the first female Estonian Prime Minister. The list of the leading women in Northern Europe is growing faster. This is good news for equal opportunities, open society, and meritocracy, writes Amedeo Gasparini in his guest contribution.
Czech Republic: Corona as Pretext for Protectionism
The Czech government is currently planning a protectionist food quota for domestic products. This would be a blatant violation of European law. The proposal shows economic ignorance and is met with strong objections by the opposition and abroad, our experts analyse.
Outlook for Hungary for 2021
2020 has been spent in the spirit of punishing opposition cities for voting against Orbán in the October 2019 municipal elections. Most of the pandemic has been used for that. The only mitigating factor was that Orbán had his wars to fight in Brussels. Those being out of the way, 2021 will be the year when the financial crackdown on opposition cities will gain momentum. No self-restraint can be expected in this regard, writes Eszter Nova in her guest contribution.
Tying EU Subsidies to the Rule of Law?
The European Union is not only an economic union, but also a union based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. Any state that wants to join the EU must comply with these principles. But what happens when the state is already a part of the EU and its government suddenly violates these values? Hungary is without doubt one of these cases.
From Poland With Love - December
In his monthly newsletter, guest contributor Dr. Milosz Hodun is giving us updates about current news, events and all other things you need to know about Poland.