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05/12/2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains ‘unshaken’

Central Europe


Central Europe 02-12-2016

Fight the lies and ‘alt-truths’

The Kremlin uses our internal grievances to force a wedge between different groups of people in our societies, writes Tomáš Prouza.
Central Europe 29-11-2016

Waszczykowski: It's in Poland's interest for UK to stay longer in EU

It is in Poland's interest that Britain remains a European Union member and pays into the bloc's budget for as long as possible, Rzeczpospolita quoted Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski as saying on Tuesday (29 November).

Migrants and police clash in Bulgaria refugee camp

Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp yesterday (24 November), triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.

Commission official: 'Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges'

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EurActiv Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.
Public Affairs 24-11-2016

Fico overreacts to allegations of Slovak presidency accounting tweaks

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has ended his country's EU Presidency on a sour note by calling journalists who reported allegations of accounting tweaks by his government as “dirty, anti-Slovak prostitutes."
Central Europe 23-11-2016

The first year of Law and Justice

It's been a tough year since Poland's populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) first took office. Both for Poles, and for the EU. EurActiv Poland's Editor-in-Chief Karolina Zbytniewska takes a slightly satirical look back.
Energy 22-11-2016

Czech support for renewable energy in uncertain situation

In the Czech Republic, renewable energy producers may lose their feed-in tariffs for 2017. EurActiv.cz reports.
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.

Hungarian prisoners complete part of new anti-migrant fence

Hungarian prisoners have finished building the first part of a second anti-migrant fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia, state television reported yesterday (21 November).
Central Europe 18-11-2016

Czechs commemorate the Velvet Revolution with alarm clocks

In the Czech Republic, tensions stirred by President Miloš Zeman, who calls himself “the Czech Trump”, are making themselves felt.
Elections 18-11-2016

Could Ciolos be Romania’s prime minister again?

Romania’s parliamentary election campaign pits the nation’s political elite against what could be described as the EU’s bureaucratic elite, embodied by incumbent Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş, writes Doug Henderson.
Digital 18-11-2016

Romania and EU agencies smash cybercrime gang

Romanian police have smashed, with the help of European law enforcement agencies, a computer fraud gang accused of stealing millions of euros from unsuspecting victims, officials said Thursday (17 November).


Elections 14-11-2016

Bulgaria in political crisis after Socialist candidate wins presidential election

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he will resign after Socialist-backed candidate, Rumen Radev,  a newcomer to politics, won the run-off of presidential election yesterday (13 November), by a landslide.
Elections 10-11-2016

Czech president 'very happy' with Trump win, says shares his views

Czech President Miloš Zeman declared on Wednesday (9 November) he was "very happy" with Donald Trump's election victory, saying the Republican cut through political correctness and addressed key issues like migration.
Central Europe 09-11-2016

Central Europe’s strategy in the age of Trump

For the last 25 years, Central Europeans have worked hard to become part of the Western, democratic world. It is increasingly likely that the West may, in its current form, may cease to exist. Social revolt against the global liberal order is gaining strength, writes Maciej Kisilowski.

Central Europe 08-11-2016

Hungarian parliament defies Orbán by rejecting migrant ban

Hungary's parliament on Tuesday  (8 November) narrowly rejected a plan by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to ban the resettlement of migrants in the country, a setback for the maverick leader that could weaken him in his fight against EU migration policies.
Elections 08-11-2016

Hungary's Jobbik could thwart Orbán’s anti-migrant vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will seek today (8 November) to bar the resettlement of refugees via a constitutional amendment, but the bid could be thwarted by an unlikely opponent -- the radical right Jobbik party.
Elections 07-11-2016

Socialists' Radev leads Bulgaria presidential race

Bulgaria's Socialist-backed candidate, Rumen Radev, led the first round of Bulgaria's presidential election, partial official results showed early today (7 November), ahead of his main rival from the ruling centre-right GERB party.
Central Europe 28-10-2016

Poland rejects EU demands on court crisis

Poland's foreign minister on Friday (28 October) said his right-wing government rejects the EU executive's recommendations regarding how to solve a constitutional crisis that has raised concerns at home and abroad.
Central Europe 28-10-2016

Orbán threatens to sue EU over mandatory migrant quotas

Hungary will sue the European Commission and resist mandatory migrant resettlement quotas if Brussels does not take them off the agenda, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (28 October).
Central Europe 26-10-2016

Orbán bites the European hand that feeds his oligarchs – it’s time to bite back!

This week, the European Court of Auditors will report on how the EU spends taxpayer money. For once, the worst offending member states will be named and shamed, with Hungary set to top the list. This should just be the starting point, insist Bart Staes and Benedek Javor.

CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA agreement, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.
Central Europe 21-10-2016

Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants

Sixty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed an anti-communist uprising in Budapest, sending 200,000 Hungarians - men women and children - fleeing across the border into Austrian refugee camps, then onwards into a welcoming Western world.
Enlargement 20-10-2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains 'unshaken’

The Commission told EurActiv today (20 October) that Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics had clarified with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that his commitment to the EU remains “unshaken”, despite the fact that he voted against the Commission’s policies in the Hungarian referendum.