According to the founding treaties, the EU is based on the values of respect towards human dignity, freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities, pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men.

The issue of rule of law and the ability of EU institutions to positively influence the situation in EU countries in this domain is one of the most controversial and most sensitive topics in the EU.

Czech diplomat and new European Defense Agency chief Jiří Šedivý in an interview talks about new instruments of European defense and cooperation possibilities for defense industry. It appeals to companies to visit the agency in Brussels: "We will help you out with the basic orientation," says to armament industry.


Turkey looks to central Europe for potential for trade cooperation, support within NATO, but also for support for EU membership talks. Given that Turks distance themselves from both Arab identity and Syrian migrants, negative narratives about "inadaptable" moslims by Visegrad leaders do not take personally, says Lucie Tungul.