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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

The Czech Senate Election: “Mayors and Independents” took the most of seats

Senate election was held on 2-3rd October in the Czech Republic alongside the regional election, followed by the second round a week later. One-third of the 81-member Senate is elected every two years, and rather predictably, the opposition parties proved to have a dominant position in Parliament’s upper house. The governing coalition parties ANO led by […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

LGBTQ+ Free Zones in Poland: fighting for fundamental rights

Poland’s culture clash has been boiling for years but it has exploded with the last Polish parliamentary elections, when the ruling right-wing party Law and Justice (PiS) found a new enemy to target, fighting a supposedly “LGBT ideology”. The case has been triggered by the declaration in support of LGBTQ+ rights signed up by Warsaw’s […]

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The JANAF Affair Exposes Corruption in Croatia (Again)

Croatia has been hit with yet another corruption scandal – the JANAF affair. The CEO of JANAF Dragan Kovačević was arrested and he is accused of receiving bribe of around two million euros. JANAF (Jadranski Naftovod) is a Croatian pipeline transportation of crude oil company that operates in Southeast and Central Europe. However, the corruption […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Foreign Policy

Libya, Venezuela, or Ukraine: Three scenarios for further escalation in Belarus.

  Lukashenko’s appearance in Minsk wearing body armor and carrying the assault rifle, while welcoming and congratulating the Belarusian special police forces AMAP on the streets of the city was comprehensively covered by pro-government media. Also on the 27th of August Lukashenko in his address to the public has said once more that hybrid war […]

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Czech Coal Phase-Out: No Solution in Sight

Coal-fuelled power plants closure is accelerating in Europe as the air pollution standards exceptions guaranteed by the EU expire at the end of June. While coal plays a significant role in electricity generation, the amount of carbon released in the atmosphere has been raising environmental concerns. While many governments attempt to comply with the Paris […]

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Croatian Struggles: To work, or not to work on Sundays, that is the question.

Few weeks ago, leading conservative Croatian Political Party HDZ (Hrvatska Demokratska Zajednica/ Croatian Democratic Union) suddenly started pushing the agenda for non-working Sundays. This sparked numerous reactions: one the one hand, one part of the public was satisfied because the Government is supposedly doing the right thing and ‘’what it is supposed to do’’; on […]

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How to Exploit the Coronavirus Crisis? Learn from the Polish Government

Many democracies around the world have decided to postpone elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, it seems like holding election during a pandemic is not a concern for the Polish government. Despite the complaints of the opposition and concerns expressed by the European Commission, the ruling nationalist party Law and Justice (PiS) is pressing ahead with […]

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Lessons From Covid-19 and Earthquakes: Why Croatia Needs Meritocracy.

The whole world has been significantly impacted for the last several weeks and for the next months to come by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). In dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, Croatia was quite effective. Along with that, in the middle of these challenging times, the situation in Croatia was further complicated by a severe earthquake swarm, which […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Poland tried to ban abortion (again) — here’s what activists did

Amid coronavirus lockdown, the Polish Parliament discussed the possibility to further restrict abortion rights in the country. A similar proposal was rejected in 2016 after a huge round of protests. Now that rallying is not possible, activists found alternative ways to make their voice heard. The proposal In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, the […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

Procreation over immigration: what’s behind Hungarian free fertility treatment

On July 2019 the Hungarian government has launched its Family Protection Action Plan (FPAP) to boost demographic growth in the country, but this incentivisation is far from being what they claim. On February 2020 the Hungarian Government has taken control and nationalised several private fertility clinics in order to meet demands of the estimated 150.000 […]