The European Dimension of the Czech Foreign Policy: The Ambivalent Position of the Reluctant European
- Jan Kovář, Zdeněk Sychra
- Content Type
- Institute of International Relations Prague
- In 2017, the Czech European policy faced a number of
challenges related to the great events of previous years (the migration crisis,
Brexit, security policy, Eurozone reform) as well as the ongoing reflection process of the EU. Above all, the Czech approach was a typical example of reactive
behaviour, and characteristic of responding to external stimuli coming from EU.
There were also partial topics about which proactive assertions were made by the
Czech Republic. The polarisation between the individual actors of foreign policy
was low, though with some exceptions pertaining to the President of the Republic. In contrast, as regards politicisation, the European agenda was an example of
a highly politicised area, which was crucially reflected also in domestic policy.
The coherence of the Czech European policy can be referred to as problematic,
as the Czech Republic was not able to make a substantial move in its main conceptual priorities, but only in partial areas. Finally, the predominantly critical tone
of the Czech discussion on the EU had contributed to the Czech Republic’s very
low trust in the Union’s policy, posing a threat to the fulfilment of the key goals
of the Czech foreign policy.
- Foreign Policy, Politics, Regional Cooperation, Geopolitics
- Political Geography
- Europe, Czech Republic, European Union