The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today.
“CIRCMIGR – Improving circular migration between Belarus and Poland, Slovakia and Czechia”
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Challenges for the Future Integrity and Cohesion of the EU
The biggest challenge facing cohesion is the differing goals, views, and values of the 27 member states. This is quite noticeable when observing the attitudes of the various member states towards topics like the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Huawei and China’s role in establishing a 5G network in Europe, and the New Green Deal. Regarding Nord Stream 2, the division is over whether or not the potential economic benefits outweigh the potential security risk of increased Russian presence in the EU. On the topic of Huawei and China, the debate is once again over the potential security risks of allowing China to play such a large role in establishing a 5G network in Europe. Finally, the Green Deal has divided Europe over its terms and conditions, particularly relating to funds.
All this being said, what is the role of the EU itself in these disputes? Should the EU establish a hivemind, where everyone thinks alike? Then this risks diversity, but if the EU allows the member states to have their own strong opinions and beliefs, they risk fragmentation and losing cohesion.
In Social Distancing We (do not) Trust
In the land of the free where the constitutional rights of the people are above all else, and where the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the hardest, many are sick of being told to stay home. Protests against lockdown measures have occurred in 20 different states (as of April 26th) with hundreds if not thousands of people attending these protests, going completely against the advice of virtually every infectious disease expert to keep a safe distance from other people. As the number of cases in the US has surpassed 950,000, the protestors are, ironically, prolonging the need of the very thing they are protesting against: stay-at-home orders.
Building 5G Networks in Europe
We rarely ever pass a day without hearing about the abbreviation “5G.” It is supposed to be a revolution, enabling us to have all the amazing things of the future, such as self-driving cars, robotic surgeries, etc.
However, the reality is quite different. Operators are building the network very slowly because they are struggling to find suitable business models that would enable them to sell 5G to the customers while justifying considerable investments that are necessary to start a new technology. With the previous generation (4G or LTE), the business model was clear: fast distribution of a high-quality mobile internet over Czech territory. Furthermore, the government also helped significantly with the distribution of LTE.