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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.

Let Frontex do its important job

Let Frontex do its important job

The EPP Group will today vote in favour of granting the discharge for the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex for the year 2020. There is no reason not to grant it. Its finances are in order and a discharge should not be denied for politically-motivated reasons. The EPP Group will continue to support Frontex in its important job to help Member States protect the EU's external border.

Czech Lawmaker Who Joked About Annexing Kaliningrad Receives Death Threats

Czech Lawmaker Who Joked About Annexing Kaliningrad Receives Death Threats

Czech member of the European Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský received death threats on social media after embracing a joke on the Czech Republic annexing the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The joke started when an anonymous Polish account on Twitter wrote about dividing Kaliningrad between Poland and the Czech Republic so that the countries could "finally have access to the sea."

MEP wants Russian region split between two EU states

MEP wants Russian region split between two EU states

A long-time European Parliament member from the Czech Republic, Tomas Zdechovsky, has supported an idea posted by a blogger of separating the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad from Moscow and splitting it between Prague and Warsaw.

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.

The European Parliament drew attention to the deteriorating situation with energy prices in the EU

The European Parliament drew attention to the deteriorating situation with energy prices in the EU

Czech MEP Tomasz Zdechovsky drew attention to the sharp rise in energy prices and the rise in price against this background of the cost of living in the EU. RT got acquainted with the politician’s appeal to the European Commission containing arguments on this matter.

MEP Zdechovský opened an exhibition of unique photographs of President Václav Havel in Brussels

MEP Zdechovský opened an exhibition of unique photographs of President Václav Havel in Brussels

Brussels - Twenty-three unique photographs of former President Václav Havel will be exhibited in the European Parliament building until Friday. The exhibition, entitled The President of People's Hearts by Havel's official photographer Jiří Jírů, was launched on Tuesday in Brussels by Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU-ČSL, EPP). The opening ceremony was also attended by the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola (EPP) and the Ambassador to the European Union Edita Hrdá. The exhibition, which was held on the occasion of the ongoing Czech Presidency, was attended by over 100 guests from among MEPs, diplomats, staff of EU institutions and journalists.

‘Mafia-style’ EU institution faces battle to justify its existence

‘Mafia-style’ EU institution faces battle to justify its existence

The European Parliament is — once again — questioning the worth of an EU committee meant to gather advice from trade unions, employers and NGOs.

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.

Illicit trade funding terrorism and wars

Illicit trade funding terrorism and wars

We report on how criminal and organised crime groups are using illicit trade to fund their activities and how the EU is trying to stop them. In 2019, the United Nations Security Council expressed concern that terrorists and organised crime organisations are benefitting from illicit trade as a source of financing through the trafficking of arms, persons, drugs, artefacts, and cultural property. Although terrorists have been financed by illicit trade for decades, the scale and extent of this dynamic is reaching levels never seen before.

Czech EPP vice-president hopeful calls for leadership renewal

Czech EPP vice-president hopeful calls for leadership renewal

The European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament has lost its visibility and its leadership needs to be renewed, Czech EU lawmaker Tomáš Zdechovský – who wants to run for vice-president of the Parliament’s largest group – told EURACTIV.cz ahead of next week’s EPP congress in Rotterdam.

MEPs from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee conclude visit to Prague

MEPs from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee conclude visit to Prague

A delegation of MEPs concluded a three-day (23-25/05) visit to Prague, where they met ministers, politicians, social partners, researchers and bodies assisting refugees from Ukraine.

The European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank launch pilot project to support affordable housing for Roma in the Slovak Republic

The European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank launch pilot project to support affordable housing for Roma in the Slovak Republic

Spišská Nová Ves and Rudňany, Slovak Republic– European Parliament, European Commission, and Council of Europe Development Bank representatives met with local authorities, Roma communities, and private sector organisations to launch an innovative pilot project aimed at supporting affordable housing solutions for Roma.

Czech MEP slams Scholz, says Kyiv needs more weapons

Czech MEP slams Scholz, says Kyiv needs more weapons

Germany became a target of criticism due to its reluctance to act and provide Ukraine with more military support, as has been requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The not-so-fantastic 4: Central Europe’s divided Visegrad alliance

The not-so-fantastic 4: Central Europe’s divided Visegrad alliance

The Visegrad Group of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic is known as the V4, but it’s turning into more of a V 2+2. That’s because of the growing divergence between Poland and Hungary — dropping fast in most measures of what makes a liberal democracy — and Slovakia and the Czech Republic, both of which have seen recent government changes sending them back into the EU mainstream. The split was highlighted by Czech EU Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek this week.