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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 […]

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Slovakia Has Woken up – Anti-Corruption Opposition Party OLaNO Wins

Slovaks have approached the polls on February 29th 2020 and decided on a new direction of their country. Surveys predicted that the leading social democratic left-wing party Smer-SD (Direction-Social Democracy) might lose Parliamentary elections for the first time in 14 years. However, nobody expected such a turn. The centre-right opposition party OLaNO (Ordinary People) claims victory with 25% […]

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Let the Games Begin – How Will Euro 2020 Impact Croatian Politics?

European Football Championship (Euro 2020) is being held this summer in England, and regardless whether one is a football fan or not, no one can deny the importance of it and the attention Euro 2020 will get. However, it is hard to single out another country devoting to it as much attention as Croatia. Not […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

A new Prime Minister for Ukraine — what is going on with Zelensky’s entourage?

Ukrainian Parliament has approved Prime Minister Hocharuk’s resignation. The reshuffle happens in a very delicate moment for Ukraine, both politically and financially. As tensions between the president and his former supporter Ihor Kolomoysky increase, the competition for pulling the strings of the government is looming.  The reshuffle A striking majority of the Ukrainian parliament has […]

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Prague Turned Its Back on Beijing – Tensions Over ‘One China’ Policy

The Czech-Chinese relations have not been discussed as intensively as in recent months. The new Prague administration has dared to stand up to Beijing and to disrupt relations built through economic diplomacy. Questioning the nature of Chinese interests got in the limelight and what started as a diplomatic row between the capitals could stand for […]