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Europe Politics

The dragon over Visegrad: China in central Europe

China’s modern successor to the Silk Road – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has received heavy criticism from the West as a tool that could be used to divide Europe through economic influence. Just how well-established is China’s influence in Central Europe – and does Chinese investment represent a threat?

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Czech diplomacy in Syria: A protecting power for the West?

At present the Czech Republic remains the only Member State of the European Union to maintain diplomatic relations with war-torn Syria. Consequently, the Czech mission in Syria frequently provides consular services for EU and US citizens in Syria and intermediary services for external actors.

Europe Politics

Euroscepticism in the Czech Republic: A Central European disaster waiting to happen, or hot air?

The rise of Euroscepticism in Central Europe has been well documented, particularly in the Czech Republic. Among the nations of the Visegrad Four, anti-EU sentiments have long provided easy fuel for political actors willing to appeal to populist instincts to secure political power. But will this result in a ‘Czexit’?

Europe Politics

Czech communists’ counter-intuitive comeback

The Prime Minister of Czechia Andrej Babiš, plans to form a government supported by the communists. Consequently, for the first time since the fall of communism in 1989, the “Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia” (KSČM) has a real chance to influence the formation and policies of the new Czech government.

Europe Politics

The Czech Republic’s fractious politics hold a lesson for Europe

The latest news from the Czech Republic confirms a worrying trend for European politics, as populist and anti-immigration forces unite against perceived injustices and interference from the establishment in Brussels.

Europe Politics

Instability is a bigger risk than populism in the Czech Republic

Much is being made of the Czech Republic’s turn to populism and Euroscepticism, but the bigger risks from recent elections are fragmentation, legislative gridlock and instability.

Economics Europe

Czech Republic renaming has real economic costs

Recent efforts in the Czech Republic to rebrand the country as Czechia will only cause confusion for businesses, advertisers, and investors alike.

Asia Pacific Security

Possible South Korean THAAD deployment upsets China

Recently, a U.S. proposal to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea has impacted the security calculations of Northeast Asian countries. The proposal comes in the

Europe Natural resources and energy

Central Eastern Europe and energy diversification

Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, the Central Eastern European (CEE) countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have been facing an increasing pressure to move

Economics Europe

Czech Republic joins currency debasement race

Markets flooded with koruna as the Czech central bank pursues ambitious inflationary target. When faced with the issue of no-growth, sometimes even deflation, what do you do as a responsible