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18.01.2017 | Petr Kratochvíl
At least security-wise, Trump’s presidency will consolidate the EU
Just days before his inauguration, US president elect Donald Trump has kicked up a storm in Europe with remarks about NATO and the EU made in a joint interview with The Times and the German newspaper Bild. Mr. Trump said NATO had become “obsolete” and the European Union was “a vehicle for Germany” predicting that more EU member states would vote to leave the bloc as Britain did last June. Daniela Lazarová spoke to Petr Kratochvíl for his take on the US president elect’s words.
17.01.2017 | Mark Galeotti
The Trump Dossier: dynamite or disinformation?
In the fierce information battle on Donald Trump a 35 page highly secret document by an unknown British intelligence officer was leaked that, if true, is devastating for the president-elect. But is it plausible? Our Senior Research Fellow Mark Galeotti is sceptical. This superspy has unbelievable many high-placed sources in the Kremlin. The turmoil suits the Kremlin well.
09.01.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Will the populist wave wash away NATO and the European Union?
According to Mark Galeotti's recent article in the NATO Review Magazine, "anti-establishment populism is undeniably on the rise across the West. From Donald Trump’s election pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, through Brexit, to the ascendancy of movements such as Italy’s Five Stars on the left and Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland on the right, a rejection of old orthodoxies and with them political elites and institutions is proving a powerful appeal. One can debate the causes, and clearly there are different specifics in play in Europe compared with the United States, and even various parts of Europe. What is clear, though, is that Moscow is eagerly encouraging this wave not just because it is challenging the premises of the post-1945 values-based liberal international order, but also because it is poses real security threats to Europe."
29.12.2016 | Jan Kovář
Survey finds most Czechs unenthused about European Parliament
A new survey conducted by the European Parliament reveals that Czechs have more negative views about this institution than the EU average. Almost three-quarters of Czech respondents said that they did not believe their voices were being heard by the EU, and only 17 percent of Czechs have a favourable view of the European Parliament. Jan Kovář was asked by Radio Prague what was according to him behind such low numbers.
15.12.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Russia’s regional challenge needs more than gubernatorial assessment
When in August Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly sacked Sergei Ivanov, head of the Presidential Administration, and thus, in effect, his even-more-prime minister, the expectation was that his rather more low-key successor, Anton Vaino, would bring about some restructuring of this ‘government-within-a-government’. His first move, reforming regional management, is equally undramatic in form, but addresses what may prove to be the most important real challenge facing the regime in the coming years. The way its Directorate for Domestic Politics (or UVP in Russian) works with the regions and above all regional governors is being streamlined by Sergei Kiriyenko, the new first deputy head of the Presidential Administration who will be its chief domestic political overseer. Mark Galeotti comments on the shifts in the Russian politics for BNE IntelliNews.
05.12.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Hybrid War And Peace
What exactly is hybrid war? What are its components and weapons? And how can one defend against it? Mark Galeotti tries to answer these questions in the RFE/RL Power Vertical Podcast where he also discusses his new publication Hybrid War Or Gibridnaya Voina: Getting Russia's Non-Linear Military Challenge Right.
22.11.2016 | Petr Kratochvíl
Die Zeiten von Clinton und Havel sind vorbei
The election of Donald Trump as American president led many in the Czech Republic to think of the state of the Czech-US relations. Do they exist, or is the Czech Republic, in American eyes, only one of the many middle and east European countries? How have the relations developed since the Velvet Revolution? And what can we expect in the future? Till Janzer from the German broadcasting section of Radio Prague discussed these topics with Petr Kratochvíl, the director of our institute.
21.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
The Kremlin had a plan - Donald Trump winning wasn't part of it
Donald Trump won the presidential elections in the USA. Was that what Kremlin wanted? And what is the future of Russo-American relations under Trump's presidency? Mark Galeotti was talking about those and other issues at Reuters' War College.
20.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Can governance Trump guns? European security after the US elections
"Rather than trying to duplicate NATO, the EU should instead focus on 'hybrid defence'," writes Mark Galeotti in his newest comment for the European Council on Foreign Relations.
18.11.2016 | Petr Kratochvíl
The EU and the US: A Good Working Relationship?
Many politicians in Europe are now hoping that Donald Trump’s policy in office will differ from his election rhetoric. Given the change of tone following Donald Trump’s election victory, what are the chances that the EU and the US will be able to maintain a good working relationship? Daniela Lazarová from Radio Prague put that question to Petr Kratochvíl, the head of our institute.

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