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EUobserver – Czech government loses fourth health minister during pandemic

27 May 2021

EUobserver – Petr Arenberger resigned following accusations of tax irregularities, leading to the reinstatement of Adam Vojtěch – the nation’s enduringly popular first Covid health minister – as the fifth appointment to the role during the pandemic.

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The Spectator – Israel, Palestine and the EU’s humiliating attempt at diplomacy

20 May 2021

The Spectator – Hungary blocked a joint EU declaration on the Israeli-Palestine conflict, denying the bloc the unanimity which could have given it a strong hand in peacemaking attempts and exposing a deeper flaw in the EU’s ability to respond to contentious issues on the global stage.

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Visegrad Insight – Could the Pandemic Take More Countries Into the Eurozone?

18 May 2021

Visegrad Insight – The latest polls show rapidly growing support for the euro in the Czech Republic, and high levels of support in nearby Hungary. As the hardships of the pandemic continue to bite, old scepticisms about the single currency are being eroded, raising the possibility that two of the EU’s most individualist nations could soon make their first firm steps towards joining the euro.

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EUobserver – Expelling diplomats won’t fix Central Europe’s Russia problem

12 May 2021

EUobserver – Revelations about Russian involvement in an explosion at Vrbětice in 2014 have led many in the Czech Republic to question more deeply-rooted elements of Russian influence in Czech society.

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Independent – East or west: Czech spy row with Russia reveals Prague’s battle for the political soul of a nation

23 April 2021

Independent – Revelations about Russian involvement in a massive explosion near the Moravian village of Vrbětice in 2014 have instigated a nationwide debate on malign Russian influence in the Czech Republic.

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The Spectator – Two spies, an explosion, and the new Czech rift with Russia

19 April 2021

The Spectator – The Czech government shocked the nation by revealing clear links between Russian secret agents and a huge arms depot explosion which killed two people in Moravia in 2014. A diplomatic crisis ensued, with 18 Russian diplomats expelled from the country, as well as a significant reevaluation of Russia’s presence in the Czech Republic.

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The Spectator – Orbán and Salvini’s plan to ‘make Europe great again’

14 April 2021

The Spectator – Discussions are underway between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki and Italian Lega leader Matteo Salvini regarding the formation of a new conservative European Parliamentary group intended to “make Europe great again”. The move highlights the struggle between conservatism and liberalism within the bloc, as well as contradictory perceptions of shared traditional European culture and unique national identities.

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The Spectator – Russia’s Sputnik vaccine is causing political chaos in Central Europe

8 April 2021

The Spectator – The sacking of Czech Health Minister Jan Blatný suggested the victory of forces in the country advocating the use of Sputnik V. As such, developments in neighbouring Slovakia casting doubt on the Russian jab could not have come at a worse time for the Czech government.

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The Spectator – How the Sputnik vaccine brought down Slovakia’s Prime Minister

30 March 2021

The Spectator – Igor Matovič’s resignation as Prime Minister brought a month of political wrangling in Slovakia to an end, following his acquisition of the Sputnik V vaccine without the approval of his coalition partners.

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Independent – The EU country that is not angry with Brussels for vaccine rollout

26 March 2021

Independent – Given the Czech Republic’s dire virus situation, it might be assumed that public frustration about the EU’s slow vaccine rollout would be particularly high. But the slow pace of vaccination is instead being widely perceived as the latest chapter in a litany of failures by Andrej Babiš’s government.