Once again many representatives from economy, politics and science got together for the traditional Štiřín Talks (former Krušovice Talks) in 2010. The topic “Germany and Czech Republic – Current developments in the European economy” could not have been more up to date. 120 persons joined the presentation and discussions concerning interesting aspects of European economical policies. For more information on the event click the following link:
Dr. Hubert Gehring, head of the KAS office in Prague, explains the importance of the partnership between Czech Republic and Germany in the European Union and the role of the European integration in Germany in an interview with Euroskop.cz, an information server of the Czech government for European themes. You can read the interview if you follow the link (in German language):
Former Czech EU commissioner Telička demands more constructive efforts of the Czech Republic in the EU
JUDr. Pavel Telička, former European commissioner, accepted an invitation of KAS Prague to give a presentation at the Prague University of Economics on May 13th 2010. He emphasized the important political tasks in times of the Lisbon treaty. The Czech Republic should constructively start participating in coalitions in the EU, in order not to be part of a group of member states that only act in a passive way.
Related to the upcoming elections for the Chamber of Deputies on May 28th and 29th, 2010 KAS Prague has summarized the main facts regarding politics in Czech republic, the protagonists, the parties and their election programs, in order to have an easy and quick overview of the current situation - in a concentrated and descriptive design. For the complete Election Manual 2010 click the following link.
Erik Tabery and Rudolf Herrmann discussed lobbying in media
Erik Tabery, chief editor of Respekt, and Rudolf Hermann of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung discussed the issue "lobbying in the media". How much influence does exist? How do journalists work independently? What is the difference between corruption and lobbying? If you are interested in the topic please read the summary of the event, which will be published here, soon. For further questions please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: The Second European Day
In cooperation with the Centre for European Studies at the Economic University Prague, the KAS organizes the second European Day on April the 8th. With workshops, lectures and panel discussions, the event aims to contribute to the understanding of Europe and its integrative institutions.
Again in 2010 and for the eigth time in a row, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung calls for articles of regional journalists to reward one of them within the Regional Journalist Award. Last years successor was a journalist from the Mlada Fronta Dnes. The vice chief editor for regional editorial departments of the MF Dnes, Mr. Petr Orálek, was interviewed by the KAS on his thoughts about regional journalism in the Czech Republic.
The implementation of the Economic and Monetary Union in the EU
IIPS and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung jointly release a publication “Single European Currency – the Realization of the Economic and Monetary Union in the EU“. The Author of the publication is Zdeněk Sychra, an assistant professor at the Desk of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Masaryk University. The concept of the economic and monetary union is being looked at predominantly from a political perspective.
Information about czech political parties and the European Integration
IIPS and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung jointly release a publication “Czech Political Parties and the European Integration. Europeanization, Europeanism, Euroscepticism?”. The author of the book, Vlastimil Havlík, is a researcher at the Institute for Comparative Political Science Research of the Masaryk University. The publication elaborates on the way in which the European integration is reflected in chosen aspects of the relevant political parties in the Czech Republic.
Why does the EU need its Member States?
IIPS and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung jointly release a publication “Legitimacy of power in postmodernism. Why does the EU need member-states?” The author worked as a lecturer at the University of Public Administration and International Relations and at the university in Heidelberg, where he currently finishes his dissertation. The publication considers various weaknesses of the current state of democratic decision-making and does not omit to elaborate also on the democratic deficit.