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.
From Poland With Love – December
Phone-hacking against democratically minded figures, Scholz and Baerbock visiting Warsaw, failure of the European Far-Right Summit, discovery of hundreds of dinosaur footprints in east-central Poland. Our guest contributor Dr. Milosz Hodun gives us regular updates on all you need to know about Poland.
Non-Execution of Domestic and International Court Judgments in Hungary
As another sign of the country’s rule of law backsliding, Hungary has been failing to implement judgments of the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts, and Hungarian authorities are repeatedly disregarding the judgments of the country’s own domestic courts as well. A new research paper by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee shows just how deep this phenomenon runs.
Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak local governments’ ties to China
The publication by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies in collaboration with the Association for International Affairs entitled "Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak local governments’ ties to China" provides a comprehensive account of Czech and Slovak paradiplomatic activity towards China.
Spiking gas prices trigger the resurgence of energy-related disinformation
The disinformation narratives of the last weeks serve as a condensed version of the harmful content we have seen throughout the year, ranging from Kremlin deceptions about the energy crisis to opportunistic abuse of the pandemic situation.
Uncertain Times: The Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations from the Perspective of NGOs and Think Tanks in Central Europe and Hungary
The publication by the Hungarian Europe Society entitled "Uncertain Times: The Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations from the Perspective of NGOs and Think Tanks in Central Europe and Hungary" analyses the growing challenges of great power politics and their security implications, inequality in all its forms and the need of economic recovery, climate change as well as the pressure of anti-liberal, populist forces in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a New Russia Policy
This strategy paper towards a “New Russia Policy” is the joint product of 12 liberal youth organizations from Eastern and Central-Eastern Europe elaborated at the first Eastern Europe Summit. The organizations met in September 2021 in Prague and are planning to hold another summit to expand deliberations and common demands.
In Czech Hearts He Lives On
December 18 marks the tenth anniversary of Václav Havel's death. A vivid democratic culture prospers, among other things, from role models. Václav Havel, who died almost exactly 10 years ago, was such a role model of an exemplary democracy and freedom not only for the Czech Republic, but also for Europe – one that still resonates.