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.
Political actors accuse polling agencies of manipulating pre-election polls, anti-LGBT rhetoric intensifies
Amid Slovakia's approaching parliamentary elections, unfounded allegations of poll manipulation gain traction, while attacks on NGOs and a surge in anti-LGBT rhetoric add to election campaign turmoil. Various political actors, driven by their own agendas, are leveraging diverse topics to garner public support, intensifying their efforts as the election date approaches. Read more in the new Desinformation newsletter!
Impacts of the Russian War in Ukraine on CEE
4liberty.eu, a network of representatives of liberal think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe, is pleased to present you the latest issue of their Review, titled “Impacts of the Russian War in Ukraine on CEE”. This time, the network's primary focus is on the response to the Russian aggression in the region, as well as various related phenomena and challenges.
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From Poland with Love - August
Poland gears up for October's Sejm and Senate elections. President Andrzej Duda sets the date, triggering a rush of registrations by parties and coalitions. Former Nowoczesna leader Ryszard Petru's intriguing move and controversial transfers to PiS lists take center stage. Plus, disruptions in the transportation sector and exciting developments in space missions. Stay informed about Poland's dynamic landscape.
Prigozhin’s death and continuing military support to Ukraine sparked a wave of pro-Russian conspiracy theories and disinformation
The war in Ukraine is still the biggest topic of disinformation in Slovakia. In addition to the constant questioning of support for Ukraine, the disinformation scene has been overwhelmed by the sudden death of the leader of Wagner's group. In addition, the disinformers are once again trying to spread fear about migration, which has become the top topic of the last 14 days.
Disinformers are accusing government representatives of staging a “police coup”
Recent arrests of intelligence officials in Slovakia have sparked allegations of a "police coup" orchestrated by the government. This narrative is mainly promoted by the SMER-SSD party, which is leading in pre-election polls and continues to spread disinformation about its rival, the Progressive Slovakia party, and the president. In addition, they claim that the parliamentary elections may be rigged.
Fidesz vs. Freedom of Education
On 6 July, a new law came into force in Hungary that worsens the working conditions of teachers in a fundamental way. The "revenge law" (as called by the opposition) brings more workload on teachers, who are now quitting their jobs in large numbers and taking part in protests. However, many of those who took part in the demonstrations lost their jobs as revenge by the government. Freedom of education in Hungary is under serious threat.