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.
The European Parliament is under attack for declaring Russia a terrorist state, pro-Russian actors are exploiting the missile incident in Ukraine
In the last two weeks, the disinformation scene in Slovakia has been dominated by conspiracy theories about the missile explosion in Poland. Disinformers accuse top Slovak representatives of warmongering. Additionally, pro-Russian actors widely condemned a resolution of the European Parliament, which declares Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism. In their view, they are provoking Russia and thus deepening the conflict.
[CONFERENCE] Media consumption patterns and media landscapes in illiberal regimes
On November 30th, 2022, the 21 Research Centre and Projekt: Polska with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organizes an online conference in order to present the research results about rural media landscape in Hungary and Poland. The conference will be held in English.
Slovak far-right politicians are spreading false narratives about refugees, the West is being blamed for the ongoing energy crisis
Recently, a large number of disinformation about refugees crossing Slovak borders emerged, especially from the far-right wing. Another widely spread topic was the sanctions against Russia which are being tied directly to the ongoing energy crisis and energy costs in Slovakia. According to disinformation actors, the West is to blame - for everything.
PUBLICATION: Implementing Judgments in the Field of Asylum and Migration on Odd Days
A new research paper published by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee brings attention to the worrying practices of non-implementation of judgments in the field of asylum and migration in Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia and the implications on the rule of law.
From Poland with Love – October
Our October newsletter is full of very diverse and interesting news from Poland. The Poles continue to fight to get their money from the European recovery fund, but problems with the rule of law persist, and last month a number of unpleasant reports came to light. In the energy sector, Poland has once again taken a major, even historic step, when it finally decided to build its first nuclear power plant. And a new Polish ambassador is finally sitting in Berlin.
Pro-Russian actors are turning attention away from Russia's aggression in Ukraine, COVID-19 vaccination reappears among the topics
Recently, pro-Russian actors have made a visible effort to discredit NATO and were slowly diverting attention from Russian aggression in Ukraine and lead it back to COVID-19, in order to discredit the EU as well. The aim is to undermine the credibility of the whole West.
From Poland with Love – September
News from Poland in September was dominated mainly by the government's renewed demands for reparations from Germany. But much more has happened as Poland continues to support Ukraine in every way possible and fighting the energy crisis and strengthening its defence alliance with the US in the same time. In his monthly newsletter, our guest contributor Dr. Milosz Hodun gives us updates about current news, events and all other things you need to know about Poland.