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Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
The lower house of the Czech parliament on 14 December adopted the governmental constitution amendment introducing direct presidential elections. This was supported by both coalition and opposition MPs. The decision to relinquish…
Analyses | | Mateusz Gniazdowski, Jakub Groszkowski
Whether Hungary and the Czech Republic are to join the agreement on the coordination of fiscal policies has not been determined; nor has their contribution to the EUR 200 billion loan for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
Horst Seehofer, prime minister of the German federal state of Bavaria made an official visit to the Czech Republic on 23–24 November, during which he met the Czech prime minister, Petr Nečas. The key topics the two politicians…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
On 21 November, Hungary submitted a request for financial assistance to the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. This decision marks a shift in the policies of Viktor Orban’s centre-right government.
Analyses | | Andrzej Sadecki
The main orientations of Hungary's energy policy presented in the strategy have remained unchanged. The priorities are the following: energy independence to be achieved through the diversification of energy sources and supply routes,…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
On 6 November, the Czech Chamber of Deputies, after six days of obstruction, adopted a package of laws which envisage cuts in expenses and which are of key significance to the implementation of reforms planned by the centre-right…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
The Czech prime minister, Petr Nečas, visited the USA on 26–27 October. The culmination of his visit was his meeting with President Barack Obama. Nečas and Obama made a joint statement declaring their will to: sign a reciprocal…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
The left-wing opposition, whose votes were needed to amend the constitution, forced the centre-right to seriously reduce the competences of the transitional government. It will not be able to take decisions in key issues concerning…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski, Marta Szpala
On 19 October the Chinese corporation China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group entered into an agreement for access to confidential information concerning the development of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. During that…
Analyses | | Andrzej Sadecki, Marta Szpala
The result of the talks between Bosnian President Boris Tadic and the leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) Istvan Pasztor will be key to solving the dispute. If SVM reaches an agreement with the Serbian government…