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There’s Nothing Symbolic About a Gas Bill

There’s Nothing Symbolic About a Gas Bill

The Vampires were on the march again in Prague during Halloween, bless their little hearts. Under the watchful eyes of adoring parents, their Jack-o-lanterns swung gaily over ancient cobbles, gleaming under the bright shop windows of our expensively lit and heated capital.

How Frontex is doing an incredible job at fighting irregular migration

How Frontex is doing an incredible job at fighting irregular migration

Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) Migration is once again becoming a big topic in Europe. The first thing that naturally comes to mind is the vast influx of refugees coming to EU countries due to the war in Ukraine. Fortunately, Europe, including the Czech Republic, manages the arrival of several million refugees well, although those numbers are significant.

The European Defence Industry Is Running Late. The Weaponry Must Be Urgently Replenished and Upgraded

The European Defence Industry Is Running Late. The Weaponry Must Be Urgently Replenished and Upgraded

The EU member states have already provided Ukraine with massive military support. For some countries, including the Czech Republic, this was also the opportunity to scrap their obsolete stockpiles of Soviet-era arms and replace them with up-to-date weaponry.

German and Austrian Greens should pay more attention to Greta Thunberg

German and Austrian Greens should pay more attention to Greta Thunberg

Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The energy crisis is one of the significant challenges Europe is facing today. Among the causes of the current situation is also a more complicated supply of natural gas resulting from the war in Ukraine. Unfortunately, even ordinary citizens are starting to feel the effects due to higher gas and electricity bills.

When will Amnesty international start to finally deal with deportations of Ukrainians to Siberia?

When will Amnesty international start to finally deal with deportations of Ukrainians to Siberia?

Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) In an ongoing war in Ukraine, the Russian side faces countless accusations of war crimes, such as intentionally killing civilians and raping or intentionally destroying civilian objects. However much less debate is directed to the deportations of Ukrainians to Russia. This topic should get way more attention if merely because a relatively large part of the Ukrainian population is affected. According to data from 18th June, 1.9 mils of Ukrainians were to be deported. There is no doubt that the total number has increased since then.

Why is Europe ignoring the threats of Muslim Brotherhood?

Why is Europe ignoring the threats of Muslim Brotherhood?

Belgium (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The threats of non-violent Islamism posed by the Muslim Brotherhood (hereinafter: MB) and associated organizations are, in an almost punishable manner, overlooked and underestimated in Europe.

Why does Belgium pursue the humiliating deal with Iran?

Why does Belgium pursue the humiliating deal with Iran?

Brussels – Brussels Morning:- Belgium is preparing to extradite convicted criminals to Iran, and de facto setting them free. The Belgium parliament is now debating the ratification of a prisoner-exchange treaty with Iran, which could also enable the liberation of Iranian diplomat Asadollah Asadi, sentenced to 20 years of prison for his role in planning of terrorist attack targeted at the assembly of protestors of Iranian regime in France. Iran is now demanding his liberation.

The threat of Islamic terrorism is still real, and Europe must act accordingly

The threat of Islamic terrorism is still real, and Europe must act accordingly

Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) In the past few years, we have been just sporadically hearing about the terrorist attacks by radical Islamic groups in Europe. It is not surprising since the attention has been rightfully directed towards many serious topics. In the media, the pandemic has been a headliner for a long time, later replaced by the war in Ukraine and its socio-economic consequences on the citizens.

Are ’low polluting’ hybrid cars really that environment-friendly?

Are ’low polluting’ hybrid cars really that environment-friendly?

Despite the hype from members state governments, electric cars are not that great for the environment, writes MEP Tomáš Zdechovský for Brussels Morning.

Bahrain: a valuable partner for Europe

Bahrain: a valuable partner for Europe

The Gulf state has undergone major economic and social changes in recent years and can be a strategic partner for Europe in the region, writes Tomáš Zdechovský for EP Magazine.

EU-Maldives: real partners

EU-Maldives: real partners

We must avoid being introspective on the impact of COVID-19 and instead consider the plight of nations whose economies have been particularly impacted, such as the Maldives, writes Tomáš Zdechovský for EP Magazine.

The EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world economy hard. In many countries, the second wave has arrived causing new restrictions. While the EU has a recovery plan, other countries had to mobilize resources to the extent possible for the recovery of their much smaller economies. In particular, governments in young democracies in the developing world have only limited or no access to the capital market, which does not allow for borrowing sufficient money to set up large-scale, permanent rescue programs for their citizens. As a result, lives of millions are impacted. Bangladesh is one of these countries.

EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The EU has shaped the future of Bangladesh by the opening of its markets. Now it is time for the Union to make sure that companies operating on these markets play by the rules.

German Green party politician's strange and illogical thinking on Czech nuclear power

German Green party politician's strange and illogical thinking on Czech nuclear power

Before criticizing Czech attitude towards nuclear power, German Greens should get their position straight, writes Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.

Everything you wanted to know about Norwegian CPS Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about Norwegian CPS Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask

The children of the state, a documentary about Barnevernet by Czech television, gives the public response to virtually everything you needed to know about Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask. The director Ivana Pauerova-Miloševič does not press on the viewer, she tries to keep her distance, and draws attention also to comparable failures in the Czech child protection service (CPS), especially the excessive use of institutional care for toddlers. But she leaves no doubt that there is something wrong with the Norwegian system and it would be a mistake to overlook these problems.