The Kremlin is relying on an armada of internet trolls to spread false information and propaganda. Now, some brave people in the Baltics and the Czech Republic are fighting back in the digital space: the Elves. Continue reading
After the results were published, several Czech political parties have proclaimed that they were happy with the results. Whether there was a reason for merriment is a fairly difficult question to answer.
In my opinion there was no clear winner. ANO, the party of prime minster Babiš did win most votes, but the 21 % ANO received is rather underwhelming (ANO polls around 30 % nowadays). As a member of ALDE, ANO possibly faces a domestic image problem if Macron’s party LREM takes a leading role in the European party family. Many voters of ANO do not endorse Macron’s agenda for deeper EU integration. Continue reading
“Non-tariff barriers on the US market are raising costs for EU exporters by 10-15%. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would remove these extra costs and make European producers more competitive” argued Dita Charanzová, Czech MEP in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group during a working lunch with Czech journalists in Prague. Continue reading
“TTIP has been enormously demonized in the Czech Republic. Yet I doubt the critics hardly know what is inside. The treaty is actually quite good for Czech Republic, especially for its entrepreneurs.” With this clear statement, Pavel Telička, Czech MEP in the ALDE Group, opened the third debate of the series “Interpellations of Czech MEPs”. The event took place in Prague, CERGE-EI on February 17th and was organised by the European Values Think-Tank in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Continue reading