As part of the development of the Beacon Project’s ICT data collection tool, IRI conducted its first case study on the way Angela Merkel is portrayed in some of the most popular articles and social media in Central and Eastern Europe (specifically Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary). The study was conducted with the Beacon Project’s core partners in the respective countries Globsec Policy Institute (Slovakia), European Values Think Tank (Czech Republic), and Political Capital Institute (Hungary). Access the full PDF here. Číst dále
Autor - European Values
On 18 September 2016, the Russian authorities have held “parliamentary elections” on the territory of unlawfully occupied and illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in breach of the international law, as well as in contravention of the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 and the Baku Declaration of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that reaffirmed territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
The Russian State Duma consists of 450 seats. Half of them are elected by proportional representation, and since the “elections” have been held in Crimea and Sevastopol, this half of the seats is elected illegitimately. The other half of the seats in the State Duma is elected in single-member constituencies, and four seats are “elected” in single-member districts in Crimea and Sevastopol, which makes these four seats illegitimate too. Thus, the absolute majority of the seats in the new Russian State Duma (229 out of 450) is illegitimate.
By holding parliamentary elections in Crimea and Sevastopol, the Russian authorities hoped to legitimise their annexation internationally. Ironically, by holding the elections in illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, the Russian authorities have effectively delegitimised the Russian parliament internationally.
Therefore, we call on parliaments of democratic states to take following steps:
- Do not recognize the legitimacy of the State Duma.
- End all inter-parliamentary cooperation between national parliaments and the State Duma.
- Put on the sanctions list the four “winners” of the “elections” in the single-member districts in Crimea and Sevastopol.
- Put on the sanctions list the organizers of the “elections” in Crimea and Sevastopol.
- Call upon Russia to re-run parliamentary elections without holding them in Crimea or Sevastopol.
- Anton Shekhovtsov, Associate Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine)
- Jakub Janda, Head of Kremlin Watch Program & Deputy Director of European Values Think-Tank (Czech Republic)
- Andreas Umland, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine)
- Nicolas Tenzer , Chairman , CERAP, editor review, Le Banquet Paris (France)
- Vasile Ciorici, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
- Oleg Pasichnyi, Ukrainian Migrants Network (Ukraine)
- Kristjan Valgur, University of Tartu (Estonia)
- MariAnna, Warr Sculptor & painter Nice (France)
- Emil A. Souleimanov, Charles University (Czech Republic)
- Â´Giesen Anke, OVGU Magdeburg (Germany)
- Peter Larsson, Charles University (Czech Republic)
- Igor Reshetnyak, EPFL (France)
- Alya Shandra, Euromaidan Press (Ukraine)
- Boris Chykulay, Forum of the Ukrainians in the Czech Republic, (Czech Republic)
- Sophia Isajiw, Voices of Ukraine blog, Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre (Canada)
- Aniello Verde, Central European University (Hungary)
- Oleksiy Protas Erint Labs OĂś (Estonia)
- Van Herpen Marcel H, The Cicero Foundation (France)
- Antonios Xanthopoulos, Tehnokommerts Ltd. (Ukraine)
- Péter Krekó, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Political Capital Institute, Hungary
- Yevhen Fedchenko, StopFake.org
- Kamil Basaj, Disinfo Digest
- Elena Karacharova, Global Earth Liaison Services
- Alex Rees, GFT ltd
- Oksana Lesniak
- Olena Kryvchenkova
- Victor Shevchenko
- Dmytro Smyrnov
- G Reitman
- Radka Hooper
- Robert M Maier
- Fabio D’Aleo
- Laurynas Dailide
- Michael Helmersson
- Anton Romashko
- Ariana Gic Intersection
- Michael Boltze
- Anton Romashko
- Anton Romashko
- Samuel Sagel
- Pawlo Dlaboha
- Konstantin Kuortti
- Xenia Werner
- Peter Koller
- Halya Coynash
European Values Think-Tank’s Jakub Janda, Head of the Kremlin Watch Programme, put together a cohesive recommendation for the Czech Strategy against Systematic Disinformation Campaigns of Foreign Powers. This strategy proposal was developed under umbrella of Audit of National Security, organized by Interior Ministry of the Czech Republic. European Values Think-Tank served as a consultant for chapter “Influence of Foreign Powers”. Číst dále
The European Values Think-Tank introduces a background paper “Anti-Radicalisation Measure in the EU”. Radicalisation – both political and religious – presents one of the biggest security threats for European states and their democratic systems. This paper focuses at ways how to tackle militant Islamism, which at present seems to be the most serious challenge especially in the Western Europe. The analysis was created by the Counter-Radicalisation Task Force, an expert group which analyses the trend of radicalisation among European Muslims. It is available in PDF format HERE. Číst dále
The European Values Think-Tank is publishing a background paper “The Challenge of the Islamic State”, authored by Shmuel Bar, Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, founder and CEO of IntuView Ltd. This background paper was written for the 2015 Prague European Summit. It is available in PDF format HERE. Číst dále