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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...

GLOBAL FEMALE LEADERS

THE ECONOMIC FORUM FOR FEMALE EXECUTIVES 9th – 10th May, 2022 | HOTEL ADLON KEMPINSKI, BERLIN | GERMANY Welcome, this moment calls on us, individually and collectively, to collaborate and accelerate bold approaches as we rebuild our post...

Even Slivovice will get more expensive

The traditional Czech alcoholic drink Slivovice, a plum-based fruit liqueur, is likely one of the staples of a night out in Czechia for many. However, even this product could not escape the large scale increase of prices throughout retail. The...

Talibans – Reloaded (A New Force under...

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban, pre-negotiated with the US in Doha, Qatar, has launched yet another premeditated enterprise, as fruitless as the US effort to keep Afghanistan under its own control: so many IR scholars, pundits, and...

Intelligent Transformation – Becoming...

We are thrilled to cordially invite you to join our Virtual Fireside Chat with two incredible female leaders from our longtime partner and global leader SAP. Thursday 14th October 2021, at 12 noon (CEST) – via Zoom Intelligent...

The Czech government explained itself to the...

On Wednesday, the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic sent out its first reply to the EU regarding the audit that found problems in the way our government detects conflicts of interests. Much information about the contents...

Germany and its Neo-imperial quest

In January 2021, eight months ago, when rumours about the possibility of appointment of Christian Schmidt as the High Representative in Bosnia occurred for the first time, I published the text under the title ‘Has Germany Lost Its NATO Compass...

5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About...

In today’s hypercompetitive digital marketing landscape, increasing brand visibility can be challenging. To put your website in front of the right audiences, you need to optimize it for search engines. Before you invest in SEO, it is vital to...

Unemployment numbers decrease

The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic has lowered to 3,6% during August 2021. At this time of the year in 2020, unemployment was reaching 3,8%. The statistics from the Czech department of Employment Matters show that the number of...

Prices in bakeries are about to rise like...

Throughout the fall of 2021, prices of all baked goods in Czech supermarkets and bakeries are expected to rise at least by a few percentage marks. There are a number of reasons for this trend, mainly the rising cost of flour, transport and...

Sophie Lacoste-Dournel: „We should listen...

A family dispute cost Sophie Lacoste and her family the famous fashion company with the crocodile. But today she sees it in a positive light: together with her brother, she bought the ski brand Fusalp thanks to the Lacoste exit. In an interview...

Afghanistan 2021: China’s Reaction to...

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...

Cross-European Energy Shifts

Human progress has always gone hand in hand with our energy development. However, it is nowadays unequivocally considered that our energy development and particularly our energy consumption is gradually leading more and more to the phenomenon...

Moroccan Extremist and Terrorist Mohamed...

The 40-year-old Moroccan extremist and terrorist Mohamed Hajib has been promoting Islamist terrorism on social networks against the institutions and official authorities of the Kingdom of Morocco as well as against the interests of the West...

The end of an era for credit and debit cards

If you prefer to pay in stores by swiping the magnetic strip of your bank card through the machine, you will probably have to find a new way to pay pretty soon. One of the main producers of credit and debit cards, Mastercard, is planning to...

Decentralized energy supply systems of the EU

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. Mak A. Bajrektarevic of the Vienna University of Economics...

Rohlík.cz in Germany

Together with the delivery of cooked meals, the industry of delivering separate ingredients for customers to cook themselves has grown massively throughout the last 17 months. Supermarkets were, are and probably will be considered one of the...

As Tourists Return, Prague Workers Struggle

Independent workers who rely on the tourism industry in Prague, like driver Valey, are struggling to recoup economic losses suffered during the pandemic, even as travellers slowly return to the city. The father of two chauffeurs visitors around...

5 Smart Steps You can Take to Improve Your...

The past year has been a difficult one for many small businesses around the world, but the effects of the COVID-19 crises have been felt by companies of all sizes. Business leaders have been hard at work throughout 2020 and 2021 to stabilize...

Europe is entrapped

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East, Balkans and also around the world. General Blagoje Grahovac is member of the IFIMES Advisory Board...

IFIMES Analysis of China’s “Belt and...

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 Maria Smotrytska is research fellow at IFIMES/DeSSA, a senior...

Past century revisited

It is 100 years since we were supposedly getting over the war to end all wars, World War I, and forming the League of Nations with the purpose of preventing such a conflict and slaughter happening again. Regrettably, the only good that came out...

What have we learnt in the past century?

It is 100 years since we were supposedly getting over the war to end all wars, World War I, and forming the League of Nations with the purpose of preventing such a conflict and slaughter happening again. Regrettably, the only good that came out...

Afghanistan: No Peace without a Clear Vision

Peace is the absence of war, while war is the absence of peace! A negotiated peace in Afghanistan presents a number of challenges. The duration of the war over several decades has created a number of situations, that requires an in-depth...

The Fair Work initiative

The Czech Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová has personally visited a factory near Teplice. She also invited Matěj Stopnický, a member of a government coalition party to tag along during the visit. This visit took place as a...

Norwegian perspectives on Democracy and...

On May 25th, as part of the Geneva Lecture Series concepted and conducted by prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic, a large number of international affairs specialists, faculty fellows, practitioners and diplomats gathered for a special session devoted...

Life without carbon emissions

The EU is trying to make Europe the first ‘carbon neutral continent’ since the industrial revolution. It is way ahead of the competition with the regulations already in place. USA, China and other world’s economies are apparently way behind us...

Czech Republic Records Seventh Fastest...

Increasing House Prices and Rents in the EU. Credit: Eurostat. According to Eurostat, house prices in the Czech Republic have risen over 70% between 2010 and 2021 – the seventh highest increase in the EU. Rents have also risen significantly...

COACHING in Women’s Leadership

Petra Novotná, Head of brand strategy and marketing communication in Slovak Telekom. Experienced manager forming one of the biggest brands in Slovakia with passion to help people to develop their own abilities and talent so they can become...

Prague Airbnb market recovering but still...

With the easing of travel restrictions, the demand for short-term accommodation through house-renting applications, such as Airbnb or Booking.com is slowly increasing. However, the number of Airbnb apartments offered for short-term rentals...

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr...

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr. Dritan Abazović received the director of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES[1]) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović. Director of the Institute Dr. Bećirović presented to...

Modern-day Information Warfare and Hybrid...

Abstract Objective. A study of the latest practices (forms, methods, tools, and technologies) of information operations, specificities of their hybridization, as well as the newest forms and methods of counteroperation. Procedures and Methods...

2021 North Macedonia: Morally humiliated and...

At the EU summit in Thessaloniki in 2003, a clear message on the European perspective of Western Balkan countries was sent. Eighteen years after the EU summit in Thessaloniki, only the Republic of Croatia has been coopted into the EU, two...