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Austria: After Brexit and Grexit, could Auxit be next?
Emmanuel Sigalas, an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of International Relations Prague, is the author of a contribution to "European Views on the UK’s Renegotiation: Ireland, Portugal, Austria and Croatia", an analysis published on EUROPP – European Politics and Policy - a multidisciplinary academic blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Media Appearances

Central Europe in the European Union: A story of hypocrisy
"The leading political figures in Central Europe failed to internalize the basic principles of European integration. Central European governments, namely those that actively opposed the EU quotas as a part of the solution to the immigration crisis, have found themselves in the spotlight of a very heated and emotional exchange," writes Michal Kořan for the Visegrad Insight.

Visegrad? Slavkov?
Petr Kratochvíl in an interview for the daily Gazeta Wyborcza describes and explains a possible Czech reaction to the efforts of Beata Szydło’s government to steer the wheel away from the cooperation with Germany and towards the V4. He also comments on the Czech stance on Slovakia pressing the charges regarding the refugee quotas and on the impact of the Slavkov Declaration.

Where would mooted “mini-Schengen” leave states like Czech Republic?
What would the smaller area within Europe’s open Schengen zone – also including countries such as Germany and Belgium – where passport controls would be carried out at the perimeter mean for the Czech Republic and other states left outside this “mini-Schengen”? That’s a question Ian Willoughby from Radio Prague put to Benjamin Tallis.

A Migrant’s Story
Benjamin Tallis, in his article for The Reporter Magazine writes about his experience as a migrant in the Czech Republic and comments on the current attitude of the Czech Republic towards refugees. The Czech attitude towards refugees is also the topic of yet another media appearance by Tallis – his interview with the Czech public radio station titled "Czech stance on refugees could risk gains of last 25 years".

Hey Europe, Stop Putting Russia First
The Atlantic Council’s blog has published an entry by Michal Kořan, calling the European Union to rethink its policies that eventually "always put Russia first," while disregarding the interests of other Eastern European countries. Follow the link to access the full article.


Mapping Europe-China Relations - A Bottom-Up Approach
In the IIR’s first joint publication with the emerging European think-tank ETNC (the European Think-tank Network on China) the European-Chinese contacts in general are analysed in the common introduction, and the following contributions to the book are focused on the bilateral agendas of individual European states with China. These contributions include a piece by Rudolf Fürst on the Czech-Chinese relations.

Past Events

The Pilot Year of the Prague European Summit
Policy papers capturing some of the conference topics as well as a transcript of the key-note speech by Frans Timmermans from the Prague European Summit that took place on the 12th and 13th of November are now available online (at praguesummit.eu) so that you can better remember the first conference held under the Prague European Summit framework!

Germany and the V4 Countries: Cooperation in the Security and Defence Area
The security agenda of international relations gains more and more importance with the current state of world affairs. The conference related to it, which was organized in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and other partners, focused on Germany and V4 countries and their cooperation in defense and security, and you can now recall the most important statements of the event with the videos from the conference.

More Union in European Defence
The photos from the presentation of the report of the Task Force CEPS-FES “More Union in European Defence”, which was organized by the IIR in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Prague, as well as the report itself are now available on our website! Among the special guests at the presentation were Hans-Peter Bartels, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces of the German Bundestag and a Member of the Task Force group, and Steven Blockmans, the Head of EU Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Polish and Czech Security Policy: (No)Discrepancies
The Institute of International Relations, in cooperation with the Polish Centre for International Relations and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, organized an expert seminar titled "Polish and Czech Security Policy: (No) Discrepancies" and introduced a report from the mutual project.

Prague Agenda 2015
The Prague Agenda, a yearly conference on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, was enriched in already the fifth year of its existence by the outstanding cooperation with the Annual Assembly of the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). You can recall the remarkable moments of this year’s conference by watching the videos from the event.


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