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Serbia’s Dance with the Dragon on the EU’s Doorstep

China’s expanding presence in the Western Balkans further complicates the region’s already tangled geopolitical landscape. For Serbia, as a lynchpin of China’s regional standing, the bilateral ties hold profound significance, even as they risk impeding the country’s pursuit of European integration. Facing, the challenge, the EU needs to make decisive steps to make Serbia finally decide whether it sees its future in or outside of the Union.

From Zero to Hero? Chinese Investment in Electric Vehicle Supply Chains in the Visegrád Four

Over the past decade, China has emerged as a prominent player in the global electric vehicle (EV) market. Its early recognition of the significance of electromobility for the future and government support for the sector, coupled with considerable control over the mining and processing of raw materials used in battery production, has positioned China as a key actor in the EV market. 

A Big Amount of Nothing: Looking into Czech Participation in the 14+1

The Czech Republic is in the process of revising its policy towards China under the reign of a center-right government. As the country is still a part of the 14+1 format, the issue of continued participation in the platform is naturally part of the review. In spite of that, no (public) assessment of Czech participation in the platform since its inception in 2012 has been conducted. Did the Czech Republic gain anything at all from its engagement with China under this format?