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Green tech: Czechs turning plastic waste...

The Czech start-up company Plastoil Europe has developed recycling technology that can turn most ordinary plastic waste into oil. The company’s first fully functional mobile unit – over eight years in the making – was recently unveiled and will...

European Reconstruction: A Project Born of...

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. Dr. Antonia Colibasanu is Geopolitical Futures’ Chief...

ASEAN, C-19 and the Vietnam’s Chairmanship

COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. But Vietnam, as current ASEAN chair, is trying to make the best of the situation and demonstrate leadership. As 2020 marks a mid...

Czech Republic ranked 33rd in World...

The Czech Republic has for a second consecutive year ranked 33rd in Swiss research group IMD’s World Competitiveness Ranking. The country again ranked highest among the Visegrad Four countries, ahead of Poland (39th), Hungary (47th) and...

From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray

75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System Legacy of antifascism for the common pan-European future The 1st, one-day, conference: Diplomatic Academy Vienna,01 July 2020 10.00 – 18.30 CET   (GMT+2) Speakers: Leading...

The post-Corona epilogue of an overheated...

“Americans performed three very different policies on the People’s Republic: From a total negation (and the Mao-time mutual annihilation assurances), to Nixon’s sudden cohabitation. Finally, a Copernican-turn: the US spotted no real ideological...

ASEAN, C-19 and the Vietnam’s Chairmanship

COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. But Vietnam, as current ASEAN chair, is trying to make the best of the situation and demonstrate leadership. As 2020 marks a mid...

EU matters business

Did you know that? New plan to restart European economy The European Commission unveiled its plan to restore economic growth in the EU, based on a new instrument called Next Generation EU. The budget for the newly proposed instrument should be...

Restoring Trust in Global Governance

(The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19 – addendum) Further to the points of view undersigned authors expressed nearly two months ago (see: ), it is to a deep regret that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) still misses...

Czech beer production, consumption reached...

For the second year in a row, breweries in the Czech Republic have produced a record amount of beer For the second year in a row, breweries in the Czech Republic have produced a record amount of beer, according to data gathered by the Czech...

EU at Crossroads

„The European Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the...

STUDY: WORKING FROM HOME HAS REDUCED...

The temporary shift to home office due to restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak has significantly reduced employees’ productivity. A study carried out by the consultancy company Moore Czech Republic suggests that employees’...

The OIC World for a Safer Planet

OIC and its Rapid Reaction Capacitation in times of new asymmetric challenges All throughout its history, our world witnessed either abrupt, radical changes or gradual shifts and adjustments of the World Oder. Such recalibrations usually...

Millennials – a generation that needs to be...

Financial advisors have to take into account that their role needs to be sustainable in the long term. A great role in this process is played by the ability to listen and study the habits and needs of new generations. A focus on the younger...

Leadership for Thought: Non-Permanent...

Building up on the recent analysis of the IFIMES (International Institute of the Special Consultative status with the UN Eco-Soc) and its call for a formidable multilateral action; “The International Security Dimension of Covid-19 and the...

How Prague’s small businesses have dealt...

We spoke with some of our friends and partners to find out how they’ve been personally affected by the coronavirus pandemic For the past six weeks, many businesses in Prague and the Czech Republic have been shut down as efforts to reduce...

The post-Corona epilogue of an overheated...

Americans performed three very different policies on the People’s Republic: From a total negation (and the Mao-time mutual annihilation assurances), to Nixon’s sudden cohabitation. Finally, a Copernican-turn: the US spotted no real ideological...

Good prospects for the real estate market in...

The Czech real estate market – in certain segments – can provide good returns for investors, says UBS Global Wealth Management in its latest analysis. Despite current turbulence, the real estate market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)...

Petr Kellner keeps top spot as richest...

The annual Forbes ranking lists the same eight Czech billionaires as last year, but the order has shifted Forbes magazines’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people included eight Czechs, with Petr Kellner retaining the top position. The...

HOW IS CORONAVIRUS AFFECTING PRAGUE’S REAL...

The travel ban instituted due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic has had an effect on the prices of rent within Prague, with some owners of Airbnb properties offering their flats for long-term rent instead. A wider impact on property prices is...

The Success Story of BIOFACH and VIVANESS...

In Nuremberg, the BIOFACH organic food trade fair and the VIVANESS Natural Cosmetics Fair were held from February 12th to 15th. The largest European organic food fair celebrated its 31st anniversary with a record number of participants: 3,792...

8 Ways To Be A Great Leader People Can Follow

Anyone can be a leader, and most people will take up this role at different stages of their lives. You don’t have to be the President of a country, or CEO of a big organization/business for this role to be foisted on you. Leadership happens in...

Key Steps Women Can Take to Be Strong Leaders

Traditionally it has been difficult for women to break into the male-dominated world of business. Much emphasis is put on their ability to conform and perform to male-based expectations of themselves that just getting their foot in the door...

International Women’s Day hosted by...

The International Women's Association of Prague (IWAP) is organising an event called "Women Communicating!" which will take place at the beautiful Conference Hall at Sněmovní 7 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 10:00 - 12:30.

Strong Royal Impetus to Development of...

06-03-2020 HM King Mohammed VI launched on Monday at the R’cif Place in Fez, the program to enhance economic activities and improve the living environment in the Medina of Fez (2020-2024), a new generation program aimed at safeguarding...

How Dating Became a Prosperous Market For...

In the western part of the hemisphere, the traditional concept of dating is already dead and buried. Brought up in a world where people could still meet at the party and fall in love, Millenials, who are now dominating the dating scene, have...

New National Agricultural and Forestry...

13-02-2020 HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, presided, on Thursday in the province of Chtouka Ait Baha, over the launch ceremony of the new development strategy for the agricultural sector dubbed...

HM the King Launches Construction Works of...

07 February 2020 Agadir – His Majesty King Mohammed VI on Friday launched in Agadir the construction works of the city’s psychiatric hospital, a project that is part of the implementation of the urban development program of the city...

A Code of Conduct for Professionals

Financial advisers play a key role in helping citizens meet their goals and make informed investment decisions, with particular regard to the value of financial planning and the enhancement of financial education. Recognising this important...

5 Things to Expect from the Oil and Gas...

With 2020 well under way, big business is ready to change with the new industry trends. Oil and gas companies have had a rough 2019 across the globe and in the US especially, but 2020 might just bring some much-needed stability to the sector...

Essaouira

Hydraulic, Hydro-agricultural and Drinking Water Projects Enshrining Royal Vision of Sustainable and Integrated Development of Rural World 16-01-2020 The Royal Vision of a sustainable and integrated development of the rural world has, once...

Becoming a Management Consultant

Everything you need to know about this lucrative career path. Have you ever considered a career as a management consultant? Many creative, business-minded individuals aspire to without understanding what this demanding role requires. This...

10 New Year Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

No matter how big and successful your company is, running it is never easy. There are lots of things you have to take into consideration and even more things you need to control. Dealing with these things on a daily level can be quite hard...

Nord Stream 2: An economic venture or a...

As part of discussions on approving the annual US defense budget, it was decided last week to impose sanctions on the foreign companies involved in the “Nord Stream 2” project, which is essentially doubling Russia’s natural...

The EU and its transformative power in...

(From Lege Specie towards the Universal Jurisdiction) While our troposphere is dangerously polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace. Information is a...

5 Leadership Ideas To Help Women In The...

It’s pretty common knowledge that women in the workplace have a noticeably larger challenge ahead of them than their male counterpart. With everything from alarming sexual harrassment statistics to pay inequality, there’s a lot at stake and a...

Main Representative of IFIMES to the...

Main Representative of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in New York Irena Mernik Knee attended the marking of the anniversary of the...

“We want the euro” say Czech...

During yesterday’s meeting of the Czech Association of Industry and Transport at the Prague Castle, the Vice President of the Association Radek Špicar, confirmed their support of the country converting to the euro as its official currency. The...

Czexpats in Science

The society Czexpats in Science unites Czech scientists who live(d) and work(ed) abroad. We aim to: create a network of Czech scientist abroad and connect them to scientists and research institutions in the Czech Republic, help scientists...

Medicine prices in the Czech Republic are...

A new index compares the price of common prescription drugs across 50 countries A British medical startup, Medbelle, has compiled a comparison of drug prices across 50 countries. The highest prices are to be found in the United States and...

Gold-plating continues to undermine the...

Is Germany on its way to becoming a planned economy by introducing a commission ceiling in the insurance industry? German governments like to see themselves in the position of flagship Europeans. Also, the current coalition of Christian...

Canadian Embassy hands over donation to...

Today, the Embassy of Canada to the Czech Republic presented three Czech NGOs: ROSA – Center for Women, z. s.; DOM – Dům otevřených možností, o.p.s; and InBáze, z.s. with vouchers valued at 53.490 CZK to support their activities in the Czech...

30 years after 9/11: How many Germanies...

2019 sees the 30th anniversary of the European 9/11 – the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dislike the 9/11 that came 12 years later, which many now associate with the demise of the Anglo-American dominant capitalism, for the most – this European 9/11...

Simona Kijonková a Milan Formánek newly run...

Two exceptionally interesting personalities have recently expanded the European Leadership and Academic Institute (ELAI) series of lecturers. Simona Kijonková, one of the most fascinating and successful entrepreneurs, and Milan Formánek, a...

‘Rabenmutter!’ How German business culture...

Despite Merkel, the cards are stacked against female managers finding success. Frederike Probert’s job probably only exists because of the lowly place of women in German business. The former tech entrepreneur organises networking for female...

Western Balkans and decades ‘eaten’ by the...

International Institute IFIMES prepared the analysis of actual political situation in the Western Balkans prior to the European Council meeting to be held in Brussels on 17th and 18th October 2019, where the date for the start of negotiations...

Yet another regulatory myth explained

Nobody in the financial industry could have missed how notable the attention has been in all recent regulations paid to the conflict of interest and its mitigation. All those MiFIDs, IDDs, MCDs and other Directives, have substantial parts...

Sudan 2019: A difficult path to Sudanese...

After several months of mass protests, which started in December 2018 due to bread and fuel shortages, the Sudanese finally achieved the ouster of their long-term dictator Omar Al-Bashir who has been overthrown by the army. Since 1989 his...

Czech Republic has a higher Quality of Life...

The Czech Republic’s quality of life has been rated 24th out of a total of 149 countries in the 2019 Quality of Life Index, representatives from the Deloitte company revealed to local press this morning. The country jumps two positions over...

The future rests on education

Financial literacy and education are key elements of the path to economic growth and social inclusion in the European Union. At the same time, it is important to remember the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted on 25 September 2015...

How can AI and virtual reality improve...

Technology can give advisers ‘opportunities that can revolutionise’ the sector Advice has overtaken investment performance as the most valued aspect of an IFA or wealth manager’s offering and this means consumers need to have the best...

France: Chaos or a New Social Compact?

At the end of the parade, a few dozen people release yellow balloons into the sky and distribute leaflets saying “The yellow vests are not dead.” The police disperse them, quickly and firmly. Moments later, hundreds of...

A new EU or same old, same old?

Will this summer see a new Europe or the return to the “good old continent”? What are the challenges for our profession and our clients? It will not have been easy but finally, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as head of the Commission...

2nd Women Entrepreneurial Mission from the...

FRI, November 8th – THU, November 14th, 2019 Following our successful 1st Mission last year, discover a unique ecosystem of Israeli start-up nation, from start-ups to incubators, universities, multinationals, VCs as well as advisory...

Why everyone needs retirement advice

Recent research in the UK has shown that 20% of people – more than 10 million people! – say they’ll work until they’re physically unable to do so, while around 6% – another three million people – say they expect to work until they die! The...

Czech Republic dedicates World Environment...

Embassy of India in Prague in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and the Government of the Czech Republic, observed the World Environment Day on 5 June, 2019, dedicated to 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

CFO Leadership MasterClass in Budapest

A CFO’s mastery of the financial skill is a given; however, such a skill alone is not enough to become a successful corporate leader. The finance function is a core component of the operational structure. It serves as a guardian of the...

Decoding the Perfect Job Interview Outfit

You are about to have an interview for a job you want so bad, and you are not sure what to wear? With so many possibilities nowadays, the options can seem endless, and you want to look perfect, just like you want to make a good impression on...

6 Helpful Tips: Work-Life Balance for People...

In today’s fast-paced world, it can seem impossible to balance work and life without sacrificing bits from either. People are more career-driven than ever before and they want to achieve their dreams at any cost. However, some things just...

5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy Despite a...

Our modern lives could not be more hectic with the long work hours, not enough family time, and time lost commuting. As if all these obstacles weren’t enough, we are also faced with the imperative to stay fit or not get sick at least. This is...

Trust – the cornerstone of financial advice

There’s a quote that says, “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair”. This is nowhere truer than in the financial world, where a person’s quality of life relies on decisions made by the experts in whom they place...

Happy Birthday FECIF! And here’s to real...

On the 30th June this year, FECIF will celebrate its 20th anniversary! The Fédération Européenne des Conseils et Intermédiaires Financiers Aisbl (FECIF) was created on 30th June 1999 by a Royal Decree of the Belgian Ministry of Justice at the...

The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win...

Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence...

Huawei case: The HiFi Geostrategic Gambit

In a general, comprehensive, strategic outline of the global scenario we can see that China is being harassed on several fronts by the US: commercial pressures, diplomatic maneuvers to block the progress of infrastructure projects (OBOR/New...

Director of IFIMES with Secretary General of...

Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović, accompanied by IFIMES Main Representative at ECOSOC/UN Irena Mernik Knee, met UN Secretary-General António Guterres at UN...

Zarif’s sudden resignation: The beginning of...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his resignation, a quiet diplomat and a seasoned politician, one of the soft faces of Iran’s foreign policy, for what is known as a political wisdom who can able to bring Iran an...

2018’s biggest data breach fines: infographic

Data is now big business and the price for organisations who fail to protect it from criminals has never been more costly, as our new infographic shows. Click here to skip to the infographic 2018 has seen the biggest ever fines issued by the...

Geopolitics of Europe and the Iron Law of...

(Europe after the Brexit, NATO 70 summit and Turkish geopolitical vertigo) A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are...

May 2019 elections in Bulgaria: A litmus...

The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses events in the Middle East and the Balkans. Macedonian historian, journalist and publicist Dejan Azeski has analysed recent events...

2019 – the year of the robo?

Happy New Year! And what a year it may well turn out to be. Despite the deluge of Regulations and Directives in 2018, I believe that it will be the next 12 months when we will see and feel the true effects of these. In addition, will 2019 see...

Looking Ahead to 2019

INHERITANCE OF THE 2018 TRANSFORMATIVE TRENDS AFFECTING 2019 The main transformative trends in 2018 that will affect next year will concern at least the following three different global and interconnected sectors: Economic & Financial Area;...

Twinning Europe and Asia in Cyberspace

(the EU Legislation and its transformative power) While our troposphere is dangerously polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace. Additionally, our...

Release of the second Moroccan satellite...

A year after the release of its first MOHAMMED VI-A satellite, Morocco launched a second satellite from the Guyana Space Center on 20/20 November 2018. This will make Morocco one of the few countries in Africa to have a set of satellites for...

Ambassador King Presents Centennial Awards...

The U.S. Embassy announced the winners of its Centennial Awards during a special Centennial celebration held in the Ambassador’s residence. The three Centennial Awards honor Czech citizens who have made significant contributions to the U.S...

Innovation: It all begins with intention

In mid-October 2018, I was part of an informal delegation of Czech female entrepreneurs, managers and investors to Israel. Our mission was simple – peep inside the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship of a country that has been...

The real threat to financial advisers

The demise of financial advisers has been predicted so many times that we have become accustomed to people crying wolf. That said, it is important to remember that eventually there was a wolf and there is a danger ignoring these warnings...

South-South cooperation has no alternative

The United Nations has declared Sept. 12 the International Day for South-South Cooperation. This year’s celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for technical cooperation among developing...

“Special consultative status UN” granted to...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) received a “special consultative status UN” within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN), the third most important body within the UN system...

Future Port Prague 2018

This year's Future Port Prague will open the question of ethics in the field of artificial intelligence, among other topics, and ask how to define the relationships between humans and machines.

Directors of  IFIMES received international...

Directors of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović and Bakhatyar Aljaf received a prestigious international award “Mostar peace connection 2018” at the event organized by the...

Crisis in Europe?

Europe is going through a very serious crisis and so is the EU financial services industry. To focus on some basic indicators, the world today is made up of a homogenous block of four dominant countries (the US, Russia, India and China)...

The Dutch role model of change

How true leadership in regards of climate change may give outstanding impact to the Asian world The Netherlands and Indonesia share a special relationship as they were connected for centuries in times of colonialism, separated after the...

Latest EU Business News

Did you know that? New Energy Union governance deal reached Representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union at the end of June. Member...

What sort of summer for intermediaries and...

And now comes the time for holidays for most citizens in Europe, but also time for everyone in their offices to have a couple of quieter weeks, dedicating their work to more fundamental tasks like reviewing their processes or closing late files...

Who are the ‘Willing’ in Central Europe –...

The idea of an “axis of the willing against illegal migration” between Italy, Germany and Austria has been proposed by Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s right populist leader. He spoke about it with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian...

The spirits of Macedonia are spreading...

The Republic of Macedonia held parliamentary election on 11 December 2016. The new government was appointed on 31 May 2017. The parliamentary election was the result of the Pržino Agreement from June 2015 when following long and difficult...

Did we become hostages to ever-increasing...

According to most common sources, Stockholm syndrome is a type of psychological bond between hostage and their hijacker, when the former develops emotional ties to a person that beats, abuses or generally hurts him or her. Plainly sad, it is...

Planet Junk

Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? –Robert J. Burrowes Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain...

CHILL OUT SUMMER at Chateau Mcely

#ChooseLoveEveryDay Celebrate the cosmic energy of love, harmony, and summer relaxation! Afternoon lounging in the park with uplifting music Daily cocktail hour – “Thanks for Another Beautiful Day” DJ Lumiere Outdoor cinema Breathtaking sunsets...

Japanese inspiration for your event

Top Hotel Prague has an exceptional background for congresses and a very pleasant atmosphere. An interesting opportunity for corporate and private events is the Japanese Garden, which is attractive for tourists and evokes a sense of peace...

Global Female Leaders 2018 is coming!

Join this must-attend international networking event, be part and take the chance to look beyond your area of expertise for new inspirations, you will gain fresh perspectives and explore new opportunities for personal and collective growth.