From Poland With Love – July

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5 More Years with Duda

Andrzej Duda has won the Polish presidential election by a wafer-thin margin. He narrowly beat Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski with 51,2% of the vote. Both candidates collected over 10 million of the votes, something that had been done only by Lech Wałęsa before. Turnout in the second round of the election was reportedly 68,2%, the highest of any presidential poll since the start of free elections in post-communist Poland.

Duda’s slim victory was very disappointing for the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party. Bearing in mind all the support the incumbent president got from the government, state television station TVP, state agencies and state owned companies, Jarosław Kaczyński expected a clearer victory and a green light for a series of new radical reforms. However, he received a clear signal that the support for his ideas is narrower that the power he actually has in Poland.

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EU Council Presidency: Time for Leadership in the Service of Europe

Find the original article in German here.

Bruno Cordoba for Animate Europe ’19

Rarely has an EU Council Presidency faced such challenges: Corona recession and a reconstruction package, marathon negotiations on the next EU financial framework, an unresolved Brexit, deadlocked talks on a new intra-European key to the distribution of  refugees, the struggle for a rule-of-law mechanism in the EU, the search for new impulses for the European integration process through the Conference on the Future of Europe – and all this in the face of its increasingly authoritarian and provocative neighbour Russia and the new global hegemon China. If, in such a situation, even the man in the White House cannot or does not want to understand how vital transatlantic relations are for both partners, then it has to become clear that Germany must resolutely accept its leading role in the EU and move from being an administrator to a constructive developer.

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EU Special Summit: Pressure Needed in the Dispute over the Rule of Law

3 Questions & Answers with Member of European Parliament (MEP) Moritz Körner

During the negotiations at the EU Special Summit of Heads of State and Government, every position and possible concessions are meticulously fought over. This is also a good sign – after all, finding compromises is at the heart of European policy. We talk with Moritz Körner (Renew Europe/FDP), Member of the European Parliament, about the current situation, to see what can be achieved through the negotiation package and which points leave room for improvement.

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[Study] Czech Seeders of Disinformation: Addressing Knowledge Gaps and Drawing Policy Implications

Nikola Hořejš, Matěj Jungwirth, Jitka Uhrová, STEM Research Institute

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In the spring of 2020, the STEM institute, supported by the Prague office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, carried out an extensive investigation of Czech seeders of disinformation. They are currently estimated to make up approximately 5 % of the Czech society. Through the combination of a quantitative survey and 13 qualitative in-depth interviews, the seeder group was found to be more affluent, educated and interested in politics than media stereotypes would suggest. Furthermore, seeders’ motivations and media literacy levels vary greatly, wherefore one-size-fits-all solutions could be rather counterproductive. For example, some groups of seeders would benefit from basic media literacy initiatives, while others are immune to any official communication or even warnings.

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Wanted: An Effective and Sustainable Financial Framework for Europe

For the next two days, Heads of State and Government of the European Union are meeting in the EU capital. On the agenda of the European Council: the Multiannual Financial Framework and the “Next Generation EU” programme for the rebuilding of the EU after the Corona health crisis. EU-expert Thomas Ilka has the latest news on the content of the negotiations, lines of conflict, actors and timeframes.

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