Zuzana Gabrizova

Central Europe 22-09-2017

Study: Cautious Slovaks take EU approach to refugees

Central European member states are reluctant to accept refugees. The Slovak government filed a lawsuit against the relocation scheme, followed by Hungary. The European Court of Justice ruled against Poland and the Czech Republic. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Slovakia threatens unilateral action over food quality crisis

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has set an ultimatum for the European Commission to take action over lower quality food products being sold in Eastern member states. EURACTIV.sk reports.

Central Europe 06-04-2017

Slovakia works through its authoritarian past

In 1998, Vladimir Mečiar, Slovakia’s authoritarian prime minister, signed amnesties for crimes involving the kidnapping of the son of President Michal Kováč in 1995. On Wednesday (5 April), lawmakers voted to overturn the pardons. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Languages & Culture 28-02-2017

Belgian mayor: ‘Discrimination and racism is anti-western’

Bart Somers is an anomaly: A well-liked Belgian mayor of international standing, who built his reputation on promoting diversity. Mechelen told EURACTIV Slovakia the secrets to his success, and why tolerance is a positive social value

Economy & Jobs 16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Brexit 19-01-2017

Shadow Brexit spokeswoman: ‘Easy to understand why some voted Leave’

Theresa May’s 12 point plan has put some meat on the bones of “Brexit means Brexit”. Baroness Dianne Hayter spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia before the prime minister’s speech about a number of issues, including freedom of movement, the next step for the Labour Party and how a post-Brexit UK will look.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in opposed to compulsory refugee relocation. EURACTIV Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital, report.

Central Europe 22-11-2016

Transparency International looks into Slovak Presidency accounting

Following revelations by a whistleblower, Transparency International has uncovered tricks for funding projects without going through public procurement procedures. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

Global Europe 01-06-2016

Worries mount as Slovakia prepares for EU presidency

The rotating presidency of the EU falls to Slovakia in July. But the latest pronouncements on Islam by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico have caused widespread indignation. EURACTIV France reports.

Visegrád countries oppose Commission’s revamped asylum policy

The Visegrad Four countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – made no secret that they oppose the new asylum policy as recently proposed by the European Commission. The EURACTIV network reports.

Global Europe 26-04-2016

Analyst: Most refugees want to work

The majority of refugees do not want to be beggars or dependent on the state, they want to be productive, but right now there are no integration systems in the EU that allow for this, Angeliki Dimitriadi told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.

Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.

Elections 24-03-2016

Slovakia’s Fico to lead his third government

Robert Fico has managed to form a coalition cabinet composed of four very different parties that brings together centre-left and right-wing parties, nationalists and a Hungarian party. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Elections 07-03-2016

Slovakia turns unpredictable ahead of its EU presidency

The Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico lost its majority and will have difficulties forming a coalition government, following elections held on 5 March. The new parliament will be extremely fragmented, with neo-Nazi and protest parties present, leading to speculation about early elections.  EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

EU Council table

In-work benefits emerge as main stumbling block ahead of Brexit summit

Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EURACTIV network reports.

Central Europe 13-01-2016

Cologne assaults reverberate across Europe

The attacks carried out against women, in Cologne on New Year's Eve, are still reverberating across Europe, auguring for more resentment against immigrants, and eroding the remnants of multicultural attitudes. The EURACTIV network reports.

Central Europe 08-01-2016

Slovak PM: ‘It’s impossible to integrate Muslims’

Challenging the EU’s political correctness, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he will not allow a large Muslim community in his country. Fico’s anti-immigration rhetoric has boosted his Direction-Social Democracy party (SMER-SD) ahead of the 5 March elections.

Development Policy 09-12-2015

European Year for Development scores unevenly across EU

The European Year for Development (EYD) has had an uneven success in reaching its goal – raising the awareness of Europeans about the importance of the EU development agenda. The EURACTIV network reports.

Paris attacks give EU leaders excuse to get tough on refugees

Reports of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night's attacks may change attitudes towards migrants across Europe. The EURACTIV network reports.

All eyes on Germany as refugee exodus continues

Member states are affected in very different ways by the refugee crisis. But all of them worry about what will happen when Germany’s capacity to absorb asylum seekers reaches saturation point. The EURACTIV network reports.

Slovakia pushes ahead with legal action over EU refugee quotas

Slovkia agreed on Wednesday (30 September) to take legal action at the European Court of Justice against the EU plan to distribute 120,000 asylum seekers, Prime Minister Robert Fico said yesterday. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Steel for the packaging industry: A more ambitious Circular Economy Package is needed

The steel for packaging industry is in favour of very high recycling targets, and is concerned by the European Commission’s withdrawal of the revised Circular Economy Package, Alexander Mohr told EURACTIV Slovakia, in an exclusive interview.

Trade & Society 16-07-2015

Eurofer boss: Europe’s steel industry needs modern trade defence instruments

The European steel industry is confronted with unfair competitors outside the EU, Axel Eggert, Director General of Eurofer, told EURACTIV Slovakia.