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.
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.
The Future of Democracy: Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels
The world what we live in is permanently changing, whether it is due to the pandemic, Russian war in Ukraine, climate change or changing political environment regarding rule of law. A recent publication by the Hungarian Europe Society examines future of Europe, which is shaped by these processes.
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.
Job Vacancy: Project Manager Central Europe and the Baltic States
As of 1st August 2022, the position of a Project Manager for Central Europe and the Baltic States at the Prague office will be filled full-time (40 hours/week) at least until the end of 1st August 2023 (with a potential extension).
Disinformation Actors in Slovakia Are Blaming the West for the Food Crisis, While Monkeypox Outbreak Gives Rise to New Conspiracy Theories
Much like with COVID-19, the spread of monkeypox leads to new conspiracy theories. Some say monkeypox is a new crisis invented by global elites. Meanwhile, pro-Kremlin actors blame the West for the food crisis caused by the Russian war in Ukraine. Slovak opposition politicians abuse current world issues to gain some points in domestic politics.
From Poland With Love – April
From the Russia’s invasion on Ukraine from the Polish perspective, over the sharpest decline in democracy over five years across 29 countries to PiS taking over the museums in the country: 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.