The 2017 parliamentary elections continued the fragmentation of Czech politics. The good news is that more votes cast by Czech voters counted; 94% of the vote went to parties that will be represented in parliament (vs. 90% in 2013). The bad news, from the perspective of practical governance, is the number of parties represented in parliament has increased from seven to nine. The increase will make it hard to find a coalition of 101 votes to form a government, and even harder for that government to achieve major legislative reform.
The 2017 New Europe 100 is the fourth annual list of central and eastern Europe’s brightest and best citizens who are changing the region’s societies, politics or business environments and displaying fresh approaches to prevailing problems. The individuals from 14 countries were selected by Res Publica, the Warsaw-based journal; Google; the state-supported Visegrad Fund promoting integration within central Europe; and the Financial Times.
Vít Dostál and Zsuzsanna Végh published a research paper examining trends of Visegrad European Policy. The authors aim to answer the question whether there is a common view of the Visegrad Group on key EU policies and the future of the Union. They detect what are the main areas in which the V4 countries are diverging, or which topics, on the other hand, they can speak with one voice.
Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism/The Slovak Spectator: How propaganda has learned to use the truth
The Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism analysed the information war in the Visegrad Group countries. This story has been published as part of the partnership between the Sme daily and the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism. The project has been supported by the Open Society Fund Prague.
The Case for Investing in Europe 2017, written by Joseph Quinlan, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, shows that Europe is still the world’s largest economy and continues to offer tremendous investment opportunities for American business.
PRAGUE — In the age of Amazon and the internet, the idea of going to a public library to borrow a book may seem ever more quaint and old-fashioned in many parts of the world, but one country, at least, is clinging to it tenaciously: the Czech Republic, New York Times' Hana de GOEU writes.
Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy
- 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
- 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
- 3) Health Care as an export industry
- 4) Government as a competitive advantage
In Policy Pipeline policy developments in the Czech Republic and abroad are monitored to bring better understanding of current topics and trends.