A question of whether Turkey will become an EU member in the future is a question that is stirring up discussion. There are many arguments both pro and against. But despite a wide criticism it seems that potential Turkish enlargement does not constitute any security threat.
Immediate distrust from financial markets is shocking. Therefore, shock-therapy will be vital for indebted countries.
Czech politicians announced they are not willing to pay for losses caused by the biggest domestic railway operator, Czech Rails. An analysis of the situation of the national railway operator and of the obstacles to more liberalized market prepared by Respekt weekly.
No significant changes of the Czech pension system were made last year and it is therefore still unable to cope with demographic changes. But it is even worse as most of our citizens believe that the state will be able to take care of them when they retire.
Actors, dancers or publishers of literary magazines showed Václav Jehlička, the Czech minister for culture, what they think about his plans to cut the budget for creative arts. Czechs apparently do not understand a potential of creative industries, Jaroslav Formánek, editor of Respekt weekly, writes.
Chief public health officer has a swine flu and minister for health will negotiate with British Pharmaceutical company to lower its orders down from 1 million vaccines.
It is finally out: Michael Kocáb, minister for human rights, presented the government plan for Roma integration 2013. Document is marked as strategic and it approved by the government yesterday. Its importance is expressed by the well-prepared 70 pages long document that omits almost nothing when describing "Roma problem" and its solution.
European Union is facing new challenges such as globalization, climate change, energy security, demographic changes, migration, crossborder crime and international terrorism. Although European leaders know about these challenges, the solution has still rather a form of policy declarations.
By the exploitation of the renewables we can decrease our dependency on the import of fossil fuels and partly eliminate the consequences of CO2 emissions.
Danish capital will host an important UN meeting on climate change (COP 15 UNFCCC). It is expected that the representatives from 192 participating countries will sign the binding deal on global climate and set the new CO2 reduction regime for period after 2012 when Kyoto Protocol expires.
At his last visit of Prague, Barack Obama declared a commitment of his country to seek for peace and security in the world without nuclear weapons. Almost a year ago, a first step towards this vision was taken as he and his Russian counterpart Dmitrij Medvedev gathered in Prague. But the questions prevail.
Directives that aim to harmonize national laws on intellectual property do not bring a coveted results as national legislation widely differ. Solution could be a single EU Regulation but its adoption seems unlikely, Tomáš Dobřichovský says.
When even an EU Presidency acknowledges that the Lisbon Strategy is a failure, it must be quite a debacle.
Nabucco conference that took place in Georgia´s Batumi in January 2010 was not a „meeting of ten heads of states and government“ as previously expected but just an expert meeting that came to no conclusion or even practical results, Russian analyst Tatiana Mitrova says.
The current setting of the cohesion policy is going to end together with the current financial perspective. Discussion on both the future of the policy and its priorities has already been launched at the EU level. Together with the CAP reform, the issue is one of the most important ones in the discussion on future EU budget.
Extraordinary meeting of Agricultural ministers is expected to talk about the situation in the milk sector. They will follow up on the recent protests of milk producers that had become extremely intense during September 2009. Europe has seen not only riots in streets and blocked highways but also impressive milk-spilling in the cities of fields. Return to well managed quota system can be a solution.
President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus does not want to sign the Lisbon Treaty. He is waiting for the decision of the Czech Constitutional Court and warns that the Lisbon Treaty means the end of Czech sovereignty.
The influence of community patent (EU patent) on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) could be huge. However, according to experts, it might be launched not earlier than 10 years from now.
Last year´s relations between the EU and the Russian Federation were (similarly to preceding years) marked by the omnipresent threat of disruption in gas supplies and by inability of both parties to in finding a common stance on key issues. On the other hand, in effort to emerge from an adverse situation, Brussels and Moscow succeeded in coming to couple of joint decisions.
Time pattern of exchange rates is both hard predict and explain as there are many factors that influence them. In spite of that, looking at charts depicting paths of exchange rates of Czech koruna (CZK), Polish zloty (PLN) and Hungarian forint (HUF) to euro, common characteristics can be found, one of them being their common upward trend that lasted until US' Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008.
The preparation of new priorities of the EU policy towards the Eastern neighbours requires that countries of VIsegrad 4 overcome their differences and take the clear and leading role in the relations with East European countries, argues the publication „The Eastern Partnership in the Context of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Agenda of the Visegrad Group“.