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Open Data Guidelines in the Czech Republic

In the middle of April, the pilot version of the Czech National Open Data Catalogue was launched. After two years of waiting, Czech state institutions and local municipalities now have …

A Deeper Look at Europe’s Election Results

Across Europe, one in three voters chose protest parties and anti-establishment candidates in last month’s European Parliament elections. Populists did well in both creditor and debtor countries, showing that protest …

Europe’s Ukrainian Lifeline

NEW YORK – Last weekend’s European Parliament election and presidential election in Ukraine produced sharply contrasting results. Europe’s voters expressed their dissatisfaction with the way that the European Union currently …

Sustaining Ukraine’s Breakthrough

NEW YORK – Following a crescendo of terrifying violence, the Ukrainian uprising has had a surprisingly positive outcome. Contrary to all rational expectations, a group of citizens armed with not …

Europe needs a Roma working class

Roma represent more than 20% of new entrants into the labour force in the European Union’s newest member states but their living conditions have actually deteriorated since many of them …

Roma in Political Life: Czech Republic—Dependency and Political Development

How can the Czech Republic’s Roma—a minority people whom political leaders have repeatedly demonized in order to win votes by appealing to popular prejudices—ever assume their rightful place in Czech …

Postponed or unfulfilled promises of Czech ministries?

The public sector data disclosure as open data is a reality all over the world (e.g. in the UK or in the U.S.A.). The Czech Republic’s public sector also discloses …

Roma Inclusion: What We Can Learn from Croatia

Call me a starry-eyed idealist, but I believe schools are the primary institution in society where we should learn to live together. As a parent, I’ve never seen the point …

First steps of inclusive education in the regions of the Czech Republic

For more than a year, Open Society Fund Prague has been collaborating with the regional governorates of the Czech Republic in developing an inclusive education strategy. Karlovy Vary governorate was …

Roma Education in 2013: Time for Europe to Remedy its Democratic Deficit

The European Union’s National Roma Integration Strategies hold little prospect for change when it comes to quality inclusive education for hundreds of thousands of Roma children across Europe. When it …