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2019

Middle Class at a Crossroads

The middle class and its connection with various different social phenomena and their impact on our society is a very complex topic that requires an interdisciplinary approach when attempting to capture the individual aspects and influences. This book aims to define the concept of the Czech middle class. It also intends to analyse and evaluate its economic, social and political aspects in the local as well as wider European contexts. The class structure of the Czech society was determined based on data obtained in a questionnaire survey followed by a sociological, economic and political analysis of selected phenomena associated with the current Czech middle class. The findings were subsequently placed into the context of the development of the middle class in the European Union.

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Economics, Politics and Europe. The Czech Centre-Right’s Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2020.

The publication addresses several aspects of social responsibility from the Czech and European centre-right perspectives. Identification and analysis of the major local, regional, national and global trends are the starting points for understanding the individual and general aspects of social responsibility which demonstrates to the citizens, the corporations and the government how to contribute to a healthy economy and stable society. The nine chapters address the proposals for reforming the pension and the education systems, analyze the Czech party system changes, assess the post-2020 MFF strategies and the innovation capabilities of the Central European SMEs, and focus on specific foreign policy aspects such as Brexit, migration, and the US-Russia relations.

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Presenting Middle Class survey

TOPAZ, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies present the results of a in-depth survey mapping the segmentation of the Czech middle class.

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2018

Handling Environment in Czechia: Sustainable Development as Our Common Future

This publication addresses a range of issues, which relate to the environmental aspects of sustainable development in Czechia within the broader European framework. Despite many positive changes, the country needs to step up its efforts, especially in areas such as energy, agriculture and transportation. Foreword by prof. Bedřich Moldan.

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The Czech Centre-Right Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2019

TOPAZ, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung present a publication, which investigates some of the challenges our societies face today. The proposed recommendations do not focus on the national and European levels only, but involve local specifics, and appeal to the need to educate active and responsible citizens who could effectively participate in public affairs in and out of their most immediate environments.

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2017

The Czech Centre-Right Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2018

The Czech Centre-Right Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2018 publication proposes solutions to some of the main challenges which the Czech Republic and the EU are facing.

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Unity in Adversity. Immigration, Minorities and Religion in Europe.

Despite the EU’s official motto ‘United in Diversity’, the bloc is experiencing a profound crisis in which diversity is threatening to dispel unity. Instead of harmony, diversity increasingly spells conflict. A variety of factors are behind this strife, including terrorism, the uncertain position of religion in public life, the unclear situation of minority groups (including autochthonous minorities and the Roma), radical Islamism, insufficient integration of immigrants and a loss of personal status and identity due to globalisation. Lucie Tungul, president of TOPAZ Academic Council, contributed to the Martens Centre publication with a chapter titled ‘Explaining Immigration to the European Public.’ Ed. by Vít Novotný, WMCES.

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2016

The Czech Centre-Right Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2017

A joint publication of TOPAZ, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung presents nine topics, which should lead to an open debate on some controversial but pressing issues we face today. Those include migration, analysis of Czech EU membership and foreign policy, SMEs innovation, environmental policy, regional and local policy, the role of the media, and the state of the Czech civic education.

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