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.
European efforts to help Ukraine in war are becoming the main target of pro-Kremlin propaganda in Slovakia
In Slovakia, pro-Kremlin propaganda is trying to discredit the joint actions of the European Union and its allies. False narratives are being spread about sanctions on Russia. Various disinformation actors are trying to give the impression that sanctions only serve US interests and are self-destructive for Europe.
Model Country Estonia
Estonia has witnessed several changes of government in the last few years. In July 18, there has been another one. However, Estonia's success story as the most economically and technologically developed country in transition has not stopped yet. The previous Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, has now retaken his position as the new Prime Minister, thus ensuring that his country manages well under transition. Kallas is leader of the Reform Party - one of the few liberal parties that has managed to combine a crystal-clear liberal profile with the status of a people's party.
The Anti-Gender and Anti-LGBTQI Mobilisation in Hungary and Poland
In recent years anti-gender and anti-LGBTQI mobilisation has intensified spectacularly in both Hungary and Poland. The topic has become one of the main elements of the politics of the Hungarian and Polish governments and governing parties, and one of the main tools of gaining and keeping political power. Besides the visible similarities, some differences can also be observed between the two countries.
Boris Johnson's resignation is the beginning of the Western collapse, Slovak disinformation actors claim
Boris Johnson's resignation has stimulated pro-Kremlin propagandists in Slovakia. They are trying to create the impression that this results from the failure of Western action against Russia. Among the disinformation, the subject of the coronavirus has grown in importance once again. Meanwhile, disinformators continue to spread false narratives about the war in Ukraine.
From Poland With Love – June
From the completed construction of the wall on the border with Belarus, over the German-Polish relations from the perspective of the outgoing Germany’s ambassador to Poland, to the joint Warsaw & Kyiv Pride: 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.
Pro-Kremlin disinformers in Slovakia are using Western sanctions to paint the picture of a strong Russia
Sanctions against Russia have become the primary topic of disinformation spread in Slovakia. Oversimplification and appeal to strong emotions accompany the whole debate. Even though disinformers often use factual information, they misinterpret them and parrot Kremlin propaganda. They try to undermine the actions of the European Union and call Slovak partners and allies’ intentions into question.
Disinformers in Slovakia are trying to downplay Russian activities in Ukraine by discrediting the US and NATO
In the last two weeks, disinformers in Slovakia have focused on discrediting its allies - whether the US or NATO as a whole. They are trying to downplay Russian crimes in Ukraine by incorrectly comparing them to the NATO bombing of Kosovo. Recently, even absurd conspiracy theories have been on the rise - whether on health-related topics or on the European Parliament's recent vote on banning fossil-fuel cars.