Crime-Terror Nexus Briefing Note

27. May 2017  |  Security and Defence, Central Europe
More than 18 months ago, a multinational terrorist cell attached to Islamic State (ISIS) staged a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. As it turned out later, many of the cell’s operatives had prior criminal records.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Elections in Germany

Elections are all around. The year 2017 witnesses some of the most important elections when European people decide not only on the future of their countries, but the whole European Union. Apart from the French elections that we focused on last time and where the pro-Kremlin websites in Central Europe clearly have their favourite candidate, there will also be a general election held in Germany this September. Do fringe media sharing pro-Russian narratives have an agenda there as well?

Migration politics and policies in Central Europe

19. May 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe, Migration

With the number of migrants and refugees knocking on Europe’s doors relatively stable, there is now a sense of relief at the EU political level. In several summits held in 2016, EU leaders confrmed a shift in their focus from internal and structural to external and security dimensions of the migration challenge. 

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have a favourite French presidential candidate - the second round

The importance of the French presidential election is demonstrated by the attention it receives even in the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets in Central Europe. There has never been any doubt who has been the favourite candidate of these websites - Marine Le Pen, the far-right pro-Russian candidate.

Recent Changes in Refugee-Related Policies in Hungary

By Attila Juhász and Edit Zgut. Photo by Kamil Porembinski | Flickr licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Hungary is still a transit country, not a final destination for asylum-seekers. The government’s approach has been based on securitisation of its policies and rhetoric. The already elevated level of xenophobia in Hungary increased further as a consequence of governmental anti-migrant campaigns and political actions in recent months. The Hungarian government uses the refugee issue consciously to transform the political system.

Czech migration discourse and policy: fuelling the fire

By Tomáš Jungwirth.Photo by Moyan Brenn | Flickr licensed by CC BY 2.0

Although the European refugee crisis has not had a material impact on the number of asylum requests in the Czech Republic, there are notable ramifications in its wake, particularly with the escalation of public debate. As of spring 2017, the political focus has shifted towards labor migrants who are on one hand in high demand on the Czech job market but at the same time ostracized and denounced as criminals. The Ministry of Interior has launched an initiative aimed to substantially curb migrants’ rights. This constitutes a part of the campaign for the general elections held this October, yet how high migration-related topics will rise on the public agenda ahead of the vote remains to be seen.

Think Visegrad Fellowship Opportunity at GLOBSEC Policy Institute

25. Apr 2017  |  Central Europe

Fellowship Opportunity at GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Slovakia in Russian Media: News from the Battlefield

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo by Arthur Castro|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It happens rarely that the short article published in foreign newspaper intervenes in Slovakia’s internal political life so that the leader of one of the most important political parties must issue a special statement that refutes the publicized information. And it is especially rare when it comes about article published in Russian media. It happened recently, however.

V4+ Security: Strengthening the Eastern Frontier of the V4: Bratislava Roundtable

On Wednesday, March 1st, the GLOBSEC Policy Institute's (GPI) Defence and Security Programme experts hosted more than a dozen of international security experts from 4 counties

Cracks Appearing

By Milan Nič. Photo: Reuters|Laszlo Balogh.
25. Jan 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Central Europe

Viktor Orbán has been in preaching mode recently. Hungary’s prime minister no longer complains about Germany’s “moral imperialism,” as he did at the peak of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. He now enthusiastically frames 2017 as “a year of revolt” within the EU: He sees the upcoming series of crucial elections in Western European countries as a great opportunity to get rid of their old political elites, hoping for an end to the liberal order in Europe – and for a greater role for a new elite, one in tune with his ideas.