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The Czech EU Council Presidency: Europe's Role in a Changing World
On July 1, France handed over the EU Presidency to the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is thus signaling a return to follow the footsteps by Václav Havel and aims to strengthen the role of the European Union in a changing world order under the motto "Europe as a Task: Rethink, Rebuild, Repower." Unsurprisingly, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has once again fundamentally changed the priorities of the Czech presidency.
Taking Stock of the French Council Presidency in Migration Policy
The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first half of 2022 has come to an end. Efforts since 2015 have been constantly thwarted by the reluctant attitude of Hungary and Poland. France seems to have succeeded on at least some dossiers in the Council of the EU. European Affairs Manager Jeanette Süß talks to Member of the German Bundestag Dr Ann-Veruschka Jurisch.
Historic NATO Summit in Madrid
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the summit of NATO member states and partners as the biggest transformation of collective defence since the end of the Cold War. The summit was described by all participants as transformative and historic. And rightly so: a new strategic concept, robust investments in equipment and a strong focus on pre-defence and deterrence were agreed.
Ukraine and Moldova Become EU Candidate States – A Historic Decision in Extraordinary Times
In a show of rare speed and unity, the European Union on Friday 24 June accepted Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for EU membership. A European Council meeting of the 27 heads of state unanimously approved the bids of both countries and offered Georgia the European perspective. What was still a distant prospect before the 24th of February, became a political reality within 4 months - relative light speed for the Union.
A setback for Macron's electoral alliance? The French party system after the 2022 election cycle
Emmanuel Macron faces a difficult second term in office. Particularly relevant to the future day-to-day running of government, and completely unusual in recent French history, is that the Macron ensemble was unable to win an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections and will now have to rely on permanent or occasional cooperation with other parties.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the guarantor of the security
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the guarantor of the security and therefore the guarantor of the prosperity of the countries that make up the transatlantic community. The current situation in Ukraine, resulting from Russia's invasion of the country, should make incongruous any discussion of the Alliance's current usefulness and any discussion of what threat NATO should focus on in developing its new Strategic Concept.
From Poland With Love – May
From the Russia’s invasion on Ukraine from the Polish perspective, over a new cooperation of all democratic opposition parties to grant more funding and autonomy to local governments to the lowest ever Polish position in the World Press Freedom Index: 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.