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OSW Commentary | | Martyna Wasiuta
Against the backdrop of the CEE region, the Czech Republic stands out when it comes to the digitisation of the country’s economy and society. The achievements of its private sector in this field make it one of the leaders of digitisation…
OSW Report | | Krzysztof Dębiec
The Czech Republic is an example of a state in which drought has become a key issue in public debate. In the Czech Republic, 2020 was the seventh consecutive year of a drought that is considered the most severe in 500 years, and which…
Analyses | | Franciszek Tyszka
Since 6 April, when the Hungarian investigative news website Direkt36 published detailed information about the construction of a campus of China’s prestigious Fudan University, there have been ongoing disputes whether this investment is…
Analyses | | Mateusz Gniazdowski, Martyna Wasiuta
At a press conference on 17 April, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček announced the expulsion of 18 employees (16 percent of the staff) from the embassy of the Russian Federation.
Analyses | | Krzysztof Dębiec
On 27 March this year, 56-year-old Petr Kellner, the richest Czech, died in a helicopter crash in Alaska. The value of his fortune, estimated at $17.5 billion, placed him in 110th place on the Forbes global ranking for 2020 (he amassed…
OSW Commentary | | Krzysztof Dębiec, Michał Kędzierski
Lignite still plays an important role in the Czech and German power industries, remaining one of their key sources of electricity. These countries, together with Poland, are the largest producers and consumers of this fuel in the EU. The…
OSW Commentary | | Krzysztof Dębiec
The deal finalising the sale of Nova TV to PPF on 13 October 2020 completed the process of key Czech media organisations being taken over by local capital. At the beginning of 2008, foreign entities controlled the vast majority of the…
Analyses | | Krzysztof Dębiec, Jakub Jakóbowski
On 27 January Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) held a meeting with the leaders of the parliamentary parties about the expansion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant, at which only the Communists failed to agree to exclude the Chinese…
OSW Commentary | | Kamil Całus
On 3 November, the Romanian parliament declared that 4 June would be a new public holiday commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Trianon on that day in 1920. This document formalised the transfer of large territories then belonging to…
Analyses | | Krzysztof Dębiec
On 20 November, the Chamber of Deputies adopted a package of tax changes, which – if finally approved – will result in the largest fiscal reform in the Czech Republic since at least 2008. In effect, a 15% income tax rate will be imposed…