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Czechs want to protect environment – but...

A recent public opinion survey of Czech attitudes to environmental issues suggests that, on the whole, Czechs care about the environment and most do not doubt that anthropogenic climate change is happening. But when it comes to concrete...

Putin’s War, Extended

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

5 Business Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should...

Every good entrepreneur has a few tricks up his or her sleeves. There are far too many challenges that come when running a business and that is why it is important to implement reliable methods that you can always leverage no matter the...

The House delegation supported the award...

The delegation, led by the Speaker of the Chamber Markéta Pekarová Adamová, took part in the Czech National Day at the EXPO 2020 World Exhibition in Dubai. The program also included a meeting with the chairman of the UAE legislature...

British Chamber of Commerce patrons’...

On Wednesday, 11th May 2022, the British Chamber of Commerce organized a patrons’ breakfast - a unique gathering, and an opportunity to meet some of the top managers from the BCC patrons’ family, as well as the BCC Board of Directors.

All you need is love and butter

If you walk along Korunní street, close to Perunova tram station in Prague Vinohrady, and see a long queue of people, sometimes reaching as far as the corner of the next street, you don ́t have to wonder what is going on anymore.

Government passes energy savings tariff

On Wednesday, the Czech government passed the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s proposal for the subsidies that households are set to receive to compensate their energy costs this year. The “savings tariff”, as the subsidy is commonly referred...

Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the...

Being inclusive in your workplace goes beyond hiring people with disabilities—it includes their total integration so they can show their 100% potential and strengths. No matter if visible or invisible their disability, integration in the...

Plans in place to make Prague industrial...

A site in Prague that was previously home to a major truck factory should become a whole new district in the coming decades. The site in the north-east of the city will be named after the Avia brand associated with it, Czech Television reported...

2022 Serbia: Strengthening of foreign policy...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. IFIMES made an analysis of the current situation in...

5 Business Running Tips for Digital Nomad

If there is one thing that is good about the COVID19 pandemic then that is the fact that people have recognized the value of working remotely. Modern technology has been massively helpful in this regard, and it has allowed many people to...

Africa Day Cultural Diplomatic Reception

Some moments, speeches, sounds, images, and interactions captured by Humanitas Afrika at the Africa Day Cultural Diplomatic Reception held on 18 May, at the beautiful premises of the Czech Foreign Ministry in Prague.

Contemporary Saudi-Egyptian Relations:...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr Mohamad Zreik, PhD of International Relations prepared...

Rezolv launches to build a new era of...

Independent clean energy power producer built on 15 years of experience in the Czech Republic and the broader region Backed by €500m from Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure Based in Prague, Rezolv will hire Czech...

A Czech Heaven in Bali

Looking for innovative opportunities in the world came at the right time for three investors from the Czech Republic, who chose the Indonesia Island of Bali as their investment destination.

The Julius Prague officially opened in...

The Julius Prague, the first travel and tourism project from the storied House of Julius Meinl group, was officially inaugurated today in a ribbon cutting event attended by co-founder Julius Meinl VI, and Mr. Zdenek Kovarik, Julius Meinl...

2022 Open Balkan: The future belongs to the...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. On the occasion of the recently held summit of leaders of...

Prague’s underground tunnels being mapped by...

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Prague’s Czech Technical University recently acquired two new assistants – agile dog-like machines with robotic arms that can navigate terrain and capture data – and is using them to create a digital 3D...

Czech glass artists produce designer wine...

Numerous events have been taking place in the Czech Republic and Brussels to mark the start of the Czech EU presidency. One of them is an exhibition of designer wine glasses celebrating the 27-member states, which is now on display at the...

Who is a primary winner in the emerging food...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, Balkans and around the world. Dr. Masahiro Matsumura, Professor of International Politics and...

5 Benefits of Taking a Leadership Course as...

In today’s modern business age, you’re constantly surrounded by challenges that can appear at any time, and in order to effectively respond to them, you need to have strong leadership skills. If you’re having any problems with responding to...

Czech Republic’s priorities during its EU...

During its presidency, the Czech Republic will focus on five closely linked priority areas: Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery Energy security Strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities and cyberspace security...

Eurocities Awards 2022

Donostia-San Sebastian, Munich and Grenoble Alpes Metropole have scooped the top prizes at the Eurocities Awards 2022. Each demonstrated outstanding commitment to this year’s theme, ‘an era of new beginnings,’ which focussed on the way cities...

PH Ambassador to Czech Tour Operators: The...

“The Philippines is now open for foreign tourists,” said Ambassador Ombra T. Jainal as he opened the breakfast meeting on “The Philippines: It’s More Fun with You” at Prague Andaz Hotel on 25 May 2022. Speaking before a number of Czech travel...

Czech Centres preparing “whole culture...

The Czech Republic’s six-month presidency of the EU gets underway in exactly one month’s time. In parallel the country’s international network of Czech Centres will be running a whole host of events in the second half of 2022, with the motto...

China – a political view

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

Real estate used by Russian Embassy reviewed...

Thanks to contracts signed under the communist regime, the Russian Embassy received a vast amount of real estate in Prague, Karlovy Vary and other Czech cities free of charge to be used for diplomatic purposes. With just six Russian diplomats...

Deutsche Telekom Design & Customer...

DURING MILANO DESIGN WEEK 2022, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM DESIGN & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE WILL PRESENT THEIR CONCEPT CONNECTIVITY PROJECTS, CONCEIVED WITH STRATEGIC DESIGN AGENCY LAYER, AND AUGMENTED REALITY PACKAGING CONCEPTS AND MAGENTAZUHAUSE SMART...

Diplomacy in Focus: Selected Articles 1990 –...

LJUBLJANA, 17 May 2022 – International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]), Ljubljana, is pleased to announce that the book “Diplomacy in Focus: Selected Articles 1990 – 2021” has been published. The respected author Dr...

Czech-African Health Forum

Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs together with Vlastimil Válek, Minister of Health, opened the Czech-African Health Forum, which is attended by African representatives, including Ministers of Health. The Forum will help strengthening...

Halíček heads KPMG in Central and Eastern...

Radek Halíček, managing partner of KPMG Czech Republic, has been elected the new chairman and managing partner of KPMG’s Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) network. He will be responsible for KPMG offices in 15 countries. His goal will be...

Czech cities stripping Soviet-era “heroes”...

Prague councillors have voted in favour of stripping the late Soviet military commander Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army’s liberation of Prague, of his honorary citizenship. Among the reasons for the move is his repressive role within the...

Czech EU presidency to open with composition...

The Czech Republic is due to take up the rotating presidency of the European Council in July of this year. Alongside preparations for the daunting tasks ahead at a difficult time for Europe and the world at large, there are plans for a series...

Fitch move sparks fears of painful cut in...

Top international credit rating agency Fitch has downgraded its outlook for the Czech economy from stable to negative. This has sparked fears it could also cut the Czech Republic’s credit rating – only adding to its mounting economic woes. I...

Business daily: Long Shanghai lockdown could...

The leading Czech carmaker Skoda Auto has been plagued by production problems in recent years. First because of closures during the Covid pandemic, then due to a lack of components because of the war in Ukraine and most recently because of the...

New Campaign Seeks to Highlight Dangers of...

In the Czech Republic, drinking is almost a national sport, which people train for from a young age. But a new campaign warns parents against the dangers of children drinking even so-called non-alcoholic beers. The Czech Republic has long...

Building business resilience and operating...

Become future-ready Remove organizational silos to make change possible A resilient workforce underpins a resilient business Managing risk and compliance during periods of fast change Succeed with Ekko Become future-ready Do you feel like your...

Europe: Of Status Qua and (Climate) Change

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Leyla Mammadova is a researcher specialized in international...

Expert: Czechia should not sever ties with...

Following Viktor Orbán’s landslide victory in the Hungarian parliamentary elections this Sunday, some politicians and experts have questioned future cooperation within the Visegrad group, comprising the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and...

Mortgage advisor – “There are quite a lot of...

Many expats living in the Czech Republic are considering buying a property in the country, but for a non-native speaker and foreign national this may sometimes feel like a challenge. To find out more about the most common challenges expats face...

Putin’s War – 4

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

Putin’s War – 3

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

Czech municipalities, whose money is frozen...

Many regional and municipal administrations in the Czech Republic who saved at least part of their funds in Russia’s Sberbank have lost access to their money since the bank lost its license after the invasion of Ukraine. Amid fears that this...

10 Important Workforce Management Tips

There’s no doubt that your employees are your biggest asset, as they bring specialised skills and unique value that allows your company to achieve success. However, simply having knowledgeable and experienced workers won’t be enough. You will...

Following USA, France and...

Spain has changed its stance towards Western Sahara and announced its support for the Moroccan initiative on this region, according to a message sent by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Ubuntu Is Parada YouTube Channel by...

Last year, Humanitas Afrika launched its newest initiative which is a youtube channel called UBUNTU IS PARADA. The name of the channel combines an African philosophy UBUNTU (unity, interdependence, interconnectedness, togetherness of humanity)...

Economist: Huge risk of even higher inflation

Fuel prices are continuing to rise and have already reached historic highs in the Czech Republic. The government has therefore decided to abolish the mandatory blending of bio-components into fuels and also to abolish the road tax on vehicles...

Ukraine 2022: A Test for the EU and NATO

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. One week after the Russian aggression on Ukraine, IFIMES...

5 Best European Countries to Invest In

Europe is among the most important contributors to the global economy, representing the key grounds for employment, competitiveness, and growth worldwide. Although the effects of COVID-19 and Brexit can still be felt across the continent, the...

Lépe placenou nebo novou práci sólo rodičům...

Najít nové zaměstnání, nebo lépe placenou práci, kterou jde sladit s péčí o děti. S tím sólo rodičům pomáhá Akademie práce pro samoživitele, společný program Klubu svobodných matek a společnosti JTI, jehož první série odstartovala v únoru...

2022 Elections in Serbia: Yet another...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. In the context of the upcoming presidential elections...

After Merkel

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, Balkans and also around the world. Ambassador Dr Milan Jazbec, Professor of diplomacy, poet and...

Pride Business Forum Voices

6 speakers, 6 emotional stories about #WorkplaceEquality and #ComingOut. Are you ready to experience Pride Business Forum Voices? 🏳️‍🌈 Book your free ticket now!  👤💬 Stories will be shared by: Armin...

Government to cut StB pensions – but calls...

The Czech government plans to cut the old-age pensions of senior communist-era secret police officers. While the idea is welcomed by some, calls have also been made to do more for the victims of the former regime, many of whom are on very low...

5 Tips for Hiring the Right Consulting Agency

Hiring a consulting agency can be very effective when you have some doubts concerning your business. Regardless of whether you’re in the process of starting a new business and are in need of expert advice or are unsure if you should take a...

Color revolution in Kazakhstan 2022

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, Balkans and also around the world. Konstantin Sergeevich Strigunov, leading analyst of the...

Czech female amateur cyclist beats the pros

Data published on the global athletics app Strava shows that Czech amateur cycling has a record holder. Kateřina Rusá, a hobby cyclist in her mid-thirties, rode over 50,000 kilometres in 2021. That’s hugely more than the women in the...

RFE/RL Condemns Latest Kremlin Threats As...

Full article here. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) strongly condemns a sharp escalation of intimidation tactics by Russian authorities, which saw state media-monitoring agency Roskomnadzor overnight threaten to block eight RFE/RL...

IFIMES II: Population and pollution and...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr J Scott Younger is a President Commissioner at Glendale...

5 Construction Industry Trends &...

Much like any other industry in existence, the construction sector sustained a heavy blow with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, when the first signs of the end are finally visible on the horizon and the business world falls back in...

Lebanon 2022: The Geopolitics of Water...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. Dr Mohamad Zreik, PhD of International Relations prepared...

RFE/RL Is Uniquely Positioned To Cover The...

Original source As Russian military forces and equipment continue to flood into Russian and Belarusian territories adjacent to those countries’ borders with Ukraine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Ukrainian, Russian and Belarus...

2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina: From ‘non...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. In the context of the current developments in Bosnia and...

UNYP Receives a Grant From the European...

UNYP is one of the consortium partners having been recently awarded an Erasmus+ cooperation partnership grant entitled Empowering Adult Survivors of domestic violence through Entrepreneurship (EASE). The goal of the project is to develop a...

Russia Intensifies Attacks On RFE/RL

Original article. Even as U.S., NATO, and OSCE representatives meet with Russian diplomats this week to discuss Russia’s aggressive military posture along Ukraine’s borders and simultaneous demands for security guarantees, Russia’s campaign to...

Mikuláš Bek: Czechs will seek partners...

The Czech minister for European Affairs, Mikuláš Bek, expressed that the country will seek to build closer ties with states beyond the Visegrad Four this year when it will take over the presidency of the European Union. While speaking at the...

Director of IFIMES met with Albanian...

LJUBLJANA/SKOPJE, 12 January 2022 – Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović today exchanged views with the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta about...

Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in...

The investment is planned to support development and construction of Hydrostor’s 1.1 GW, 8.7 GWh of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage projects that are well underway in California and Australia, and help expand Hydrostor’s project...

RFE/RL Journalists Targeted As Kazakhstan...

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly criticized the targeting of Kazakh journalists covering fuel price protests that have spiraled beyond the government’s control. Said Fly, “Reports of gunfire and other violence directed at those reporting on these...

From Delta to Omicron – 2021; year in review

Suu Kyi, Yemen and Afghanistan in the Forefront This year has been a stark reminder that, as an erstwhile scientist put it, the virus is the insidious enemy of man. It is one hundred years since the deadly (Spanish) flu virus ran rampant and...

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (TPNW):...

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted in 2017, has entered into force on the 22nd of January of this year and the number of ratifying states continues to grow, with Mongolia being the latest to announce its accession.

Lebanon – Quo vadis?

Forty years have passed this fall since my first travel to Lebanon and it happened ever since to return there many times and to spend more than four years in the beautiful Cedars country; I had during the time the opportunity of meeting...

RFE/RL Condemns Sentencing of Belarus...

Original article WASHINGTON—Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) condemned today’s guilty verdict and 15-year prison sentence by a Belarus court against prominent blogger and RFE/RL Belarus Service journalist Ihar Losik. Said RFE/RL...

RFE/RL Journalists Recognized for...

Original article WASHINGTON—Reporters from across RFE/RL’s services were awarded top honors this week for their work uncovering corruption in their home countries. On December 7th, Natalie Sedletska, a journalist for RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service...

5 HR Trends for 2022

Just like any other industry, human resources are evolving and advancing day by day. We’re more than ready to leave the old practices behind and indulge in new activities and methods that will improve the recruiting process, employee...

The climate debate: Where do we go from here?

In the early 1970s, I watched a British TV programme which featured the late well- known presenter, Magnus Magnusson, and which was concerned with global cooling and what actions we should take, mainly with the negative impact cooling would...

Emerging Business Trends & News For 2022

New Year is just around the corner, and so are some fresh developments in the business arena. In addition to an increased focus on remote work, 2022 will bring a few new trends such as a continued rise of e-commerce sector, cashless payments...

Glasgow Climate World Summit: There is no...

In November, the world’s attention will be focused on the proceedings and outcomes of the United Nations COP26 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Glasgow. We will be told, as we have been repeatedly by the IPCC, that this...

Lebanon 2021: Chinese Geo-strategic...

As soon as the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949, China and the Middle East faced a series of challenges. In recent years, China’s influence in the region has expanded due to its economic interests in energy, trade...

5 Easy Ways to Grow Your Business

Nowadays, it really doesn’t matter at what point in your life you decide to start a business, as long as there is a need for it on a market or a strategy for generating demand. But at some point, maybe you felt like your business needs...

2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2021: Russia...

Russia establishes its modus operandi in Bosnia and Herzegovina The latest session of the UN Security Council only reaffirmed once again the crisis caused in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the actions of the Serb Member of the BiH Presidency Milorad...

UNYP hosted a fourth public webinar on Women...

On Tuesday, November 2nd, the University of New York in Prague held its fourth public webinar. This time, UNYP has chosen a hybrid system, when there were guests physically at the seminar, as well as online on the ZOOM platform. The webinar...

2021 Local Elections in North Macedonia:...

On 17 October 2021, seventh local elections since its declaration of independence will be organized in North Macedonia. The second round of elections is scheduled to take place on 31 October 2021. The National Election Commission (DIK)...

Office Design Trends That Are Shaping the...

Office design trends are changing every once in a while, and this year is no exception. Following the heels of the global call for sustainability, offices this year are characterized by more eco-friendly features, fluidity, modular elements...

THE STATUS QUO IN ASIA – POSPECTS FOR...

Following the famous argument of prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic ‘No Asian century without pan-Asian multilateral settings’ which was prolifically published as policy paper and thoroughly debated among practitioners and academia in over 40...

How to Keep Your Employees Happy

When you are running a modern business, employee retainment is very important. By ensuring that you have people who work well at your company staying as long as possible, you can make sure that your company will grow in a sustainable manner...

New special gas plant opens in Prague

In Prague, Kyje, a new special gas plant has just started production. It belongs to the largest technical gas producer operating in the Czech Republic, Linde Gas. 24 new jobs have been generated by the 9.7 million crown investment into a new...

2021 Local Elections in Kosovo: A sort of...

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. On the occasion of local elections in Kosovo, scheduled to...

5 Gadgets Every Businessman Should Own

Being a businessman and being a successful businessman are two very different things. Only the latter can maximize their efforts and make the most of the time and energy they invest in their company. However, there’s another thing that defines...

Most Czech online stores break the law

Throughout this year’s Q2, the Czech trade inspection has uncovered that 4 out of 5 online stores in the Czech Republic are violating the law in some way. The mistakes most often concerned the rights of consumers and, in particular, the fact...