27 Jun

Poland’s Sikorski denies ambitions to become defence commissioner, Warsaw eyes strong portfolio

Poland’s Radosław Sikorski, who is almost certain to win a nomination to the next Commission, claims he is uninterested in the defence portfolio. Some sources suggest he is more interested in the EU diplomatic chief’s post he already ran for in 2014.

Written by Aleksandra Krzysztoszek, Krzysztof Ryncarz | Euractiv.pl

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Poland’s Radosław Sikorski, who is almost certain to win a nomination to the next Commission, claims he is uninterested in the defence portfolio. Some sources suggest he is more interested in the EU diplomatic chief’s post he already ran for in 2014.

Written by Aleksandra Krzysztoszek, Krzysztof Ryncarz | Euractiv.pl

Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Czechia express varied levels of support and opposition towards Ursula von der Leyen’s potential second term as the President of the European Commission. While Hungary and Slovakia voice strong criticism and unlikely backing, Poland shows a split stance within its political parties, and Czechia remains ambivalent but focused on securing influential portfolios within the EU.

Written by Richárd Demény (Political Capital), Barbara Zmušková (Euractiv.sk), Aleksandra Krzysztoszek and Krzysztof Ryncarz (Euractiv.pl), Kateřina Horáková (Euractiv Czechia)

The Visegrad Four (V4), comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, have long been united by geographical proximity and shared historical experiences. However, the panel discussion featuring experts and politicians from the V4 countries reveals a complex and evolving landscape of interests as the European Union (EU) enters its next mandate.

Réka Kluzsnik

According to the government's self-assessment, Hungary is doing well in the fight against climate change, and there is no overt denial of climate change in the government's rhetoric. However, the positive self-assessment of the government's actions is in striking contrast to the assessment of experts and the relevant statistical data. In a comprehensive study of climate change skepticism, Political Capital looked at public opinion data, media articles and a small number of expert interviews, and coined the term climate relativism, which does not deny climate change or human responsibility, but questions and trivializes the seriousness of the problems associated with it. Climate relativism dominates both discourse and government action.

Written by Ráchel Surányi, Political Capital

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