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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 […]

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Zoran Milanović Elected Fifth President of Croatia – The Lesser of Two Evils?

On January 5, Croatia elected Social Democratic candidate Zoran Milanović as its fifth President. Looking at the results of Croatian Presidential Elections, one may feel surprised to notice that despite several candidates ran for the position, the level of competition was very low. In the first round of Elections, there were eleven candidates running — […]

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Do Belarusians want further integration with Russia?

In recent months, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has held several rounds of talks with President Putin to discuss further integration between Belarus and her neighbouring giant, but the results were not as good as expected. As new generations roll out into Belorussian politics, is the feeling of closeness between the country and Russia fading out? […]

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‘Gender Ideology War’ and Angry Polish Women Fighting for Democracy

‘Poland is in a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights’[1] says the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women. Gender equality and women’s rights have come under a serious threat in recent years. The leading political party Law and Justice (PiS) has been raising tensions and consolidates the conservative attitudes to women. The coalition of […]

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Croatian Presidential Elections 2019/2020

Over the last few months, Croatia has been preparing for its presidential elections, and by now the names and the programmes of the contenders are already public. However, to actually become an eligible candidate that people can vote for, one must collect ten thousand signatures in the period between 22 November and 3 December 2019. […]

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Kotleba and the Changing Perception of Fascism in Slovakia

Marian Kotleba is indisputably the face of current Slovakian fascism. He is a chairman of the far-right neo-Nazi political party The People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) that officially sympathizes with the war Slovak state (1939-45) – that time an ally of Nazi Germany.  LSNS expresses strong anti-Roma and anti-immigrant rhetoric, distances itself from the current establishment, proposes […]