Civil Society and Human Rights
- On 5 March 2020, DEMAS, in cooperation with the Hungarian branch of PILnet, European pro bono network, organised two roundtable discussions on the current challenges to civil society (not only) in the Czech Republic. Close to thirty representatives of the nonprofit sector, government, academia and business participated in discussions on promoting civil society through pro bono private sector services and civic engagement of young people and students. You can find two briefing papers summarising the main points of the two discussions.
- CEVRO Democracy Guide – This practical guide is chronicling the democratic transition experience of different countries to help reformers, who are in charge of democratization processes in their home countries, to deal with issues involving security services during transition.
- NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication – The report establishes key recommendations and good practice guidance for civil society organizations that are engaged in monitoring of the judiciary and judicial function. The recommendations have general applicability well outside the context of Central and Eastern Europe and are models for NGO watchdog activities, and for NGO interaction with the judiciary (CEELI Institute).
- Amnesty International policy on state obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers – Amnesty International’s policy is the culmination of extensive worldwide consultations, a considered review of substantive evidence and international human rights standards and first-hand research, carried out over more than two years.
- „REFUGEES WELCOME INDEX“ Amnesty – Based on a global survey conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated among more than 27 thousand people from 27 countries, the Refugees Welcome Index rates countries based on people´s willingness to accept refugees in their own country, their cities, neighbourhoods and homes.
- Czechs Weigh Human Rights Against Business – An analysis by the Inter Press Service features Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation Jakub Klepal discussing the importance of a principled policy on human rights as part of Czech foreign policy.
Czech Foreign Policy
- Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer – Vít Dostál, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and Milan Nič, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), co-authored a new briefing paper analyzing the Czech election result.
- Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy 2017 – For the eleventh year, AMO has published its Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy, where the authors assess Czech diplomacy in 2016 and present recommendations for the upcoming year.
- Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy 2016 – AMO publishes 10th edition of its annual publication Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy. AMO Research Fellows marks foreign policy of the Czech Republic in 2015 with C+ and give particular policy recommendations for 2016.
- Impact assessment of TTIP for the Czech Republic – Executive Summary – AMO presents the executive summary of the Impact assessment of TTIP for the Czech Republic. The team of the study’s authors included Alice Rezková and Kryštof Kruliš.
- How to lose Russia in 10(0) days: Ukraine’s delicate balance – Another contribution to the EASTERN MONITOR series by Nelly Tomčíková deals with the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU (EUROPEUM).
- The European Answer to the Eurasian Challenge for Eastern Europe – EUROPEUM´s project manager Nelly Tomčíková wrote one of the contributing articles for an extensive study on the Eurasian challenge and its implications to Eastern Europe. The study was published by the Charter 97 Foundation with the support of the International Visegrad Fund.
- More Effective EU Democracy Support in the Eastern Partnership – The intention of this paper, co-authored by Miriam Lexmann, Věra Řiháčková (EUROPEUM), Márton Ugrósdy and Richard Youngs, is to match political trends within the EaP states to short- and medium-term policy recommendations that the EU should be able to introduce through revisions to its democracy support instruments, mainly within the ENP and ENI reviews.
- ENP Review – Towards effective EU action in the Eastern neighbourhood? A new issue of EUROPEUM EASTERN MONITOR begins with a critical analysis of the recent European Neighbourhood Policy review written by EUROPEUM´s associate research fellow, Věra Řiháčková.
- The Limits of Enlargement-Lite: European and Russian Power in the Troubled Neighbourhood
- What price do Serbia and Macedonia have to pay to save the EU? – Michal Vít analyses, in his latest policy paper, the state of EU cooperation with Serbia and Macedonia after the closing of the Balkan route, with focus on the role of the Czech Republic within the negotiations.
- Assessing EU development cooperation: from infancy to maturity? – New issue of BRUSSELS MONITOR series by Eva Křížková (EUROPEUM) focuses on EU development cooperation policy transformation.
- The EU Emissions Trading System: Time for a radical overhaul? – The latest policy paper by Kateřina Davidová and Christian Kvorning Lassen (EUROPEUM) analyses the EU Emissions Trading System and proposes a set of recommendations in the light of the current revision agenda.
- EU Better Regulation Agenda: Contested Policy in Central European Perspective – Zuzana Picková’s (EUROPEUM) policy paper examines the current state of play of the European Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda (BRA) and highlights its key elements, adding the perspective on the BRA of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) and suggesting several policy recommendations.
- The European Union in the Fog – The final publication of the ‘Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union’ project (EUROPEUM) gathers articles from all across the Member States, with each chapter following the same structure of answering five main questions.
- Embedding NATO into the European Union Global Strategy: the missing link? – New issue of EUROPEUM BRUSSELS MONITOR series by Martin Michelot deals with EU-NATO cooperation in the context of the European Union Global Strategy.
- Not a Leap but a Step in the Right Direction: Mogherini’s Structural and Personnel Reform of the EU’s Diplomatic Service – First issue of the Brussels Monitor by Tereza Novotná (EUROPEUM) deals with the European External Action Service (EEAS) appointments.
- EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: Out of sight, out of mind? – Does the EU and the Commission in particular possess appropriate tools to deal with the ‘complicated’ candidate countries in a complex international reality? Marko Stojić (EUROPEUM) in his new policy paper tackles the question with a comparative analysis of six Western Balkan (potential) candidates for EU membership.
- HRDN “Do’s and Don’ts” for the EP on HRDs – The European Parliament is a great ally of human rights defenders worldwide, with many individual cases mentioned in the monthly urgency resolutions, and declarations by individual MEPs or Chairs. But can the EP do more in its public diplomacy on HRDs? Read more in HRDN’s paper on “Do’s and Don’ts for the EP on HRDs.
- France and the V4 in a multi-speed Europe: rough times ahead? Martin Michelot (EUROPEUM), in his latest policy paper, explores the relationship of France and the Visegrad group from a perspective of Macron’s strategies, a possible multi-speed scenario and a political Franco-German axis, outlining the long-term prospect of cooperation.
- Rethinking V4’s Eurozone Dilemmas after the UK Referendum What are the current views of the members of the V4 group on the Eurozone-related topics? Where are the problems and how to solve them? Five authors from the V4 members sum up their countries’ opinions in this policy paper. They explain specifics about their country’s position and suggest future development. (AMO)
- Will Brexit hurt investments in CEE countries? What is the so-called Anglophone discourse on the FDIs flow which can be spotted in the debate on the British EU membership? What is the difference between FDIs and trade exchange? And how could British departure from the EU influence the existing structure of the investment chain? The role of British companies in the transfer of FDIs in the CEE region is examined by Kryštof Kruliš (AMO) in his policy paper.
- Understanding New Polish Intermarium: Trap or Triumph for the Visegrad Group? Vít Dostál (AMO) in his policy paper studies ideological foundations of the new Polish policy towards Central Europe and examines the content of concrete sectoral initiatives which will be prioritized. Will PL V4 PRES bring anything revolutionary in its program?
- Poland and the Czech Republic: Advocates of the EU Enlargement? A joint publication by EUROPEUM and demosEUROPA in Warsaw, dealing with the perspectives of future EU enlargement and Poland as the Czech Republic as possible proponents of the continuing expansion of the EU.
- Success of the NATO Warsaw Summit but what will follow? The latest briefing paper by Jana Hujerová (AMO) sums up challenges and changes in the security environment, which NATO is currently facing directly in the North Atlantic region as well as outside its borders.