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Politics 18-05-2022

Hungarian president travels to Warsaw in bid to reinforce relations

Katalin Novák, Hungary’s newly appointed president, on her first trip abroad to Poland on Tuesday, attempted to reinforce relations as the traditional alliance between Budapest and Warsaw weathers Russia-policy divisions. After the parliamentary elections on 3 April, re-elected Prime Minister...
Politics 18-05-2022

Western Balkans must not be forgotten, Czech and Austrian leaders say

The integration of Western Balkan countries into the EU is in the interest of the Czech Republic and Austria, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his Austrian counterpart Karl Nehammer said in Prague on Tuesday. Fiala and Nehammer met in...
Politics 18-05-2022

Polish opposition slam EPP chief Tusk’s joint electoral list proposal

Polish opposition parties have rejected the idea of the opposition submitting a joint electoral list for the parliamentary elections in autumn 2023, which was made by the chairman of the centrist Civic Platform and European People’s Party leader Donald Tusk....

Slovak oil embargo exemption to benefit Hungarian MOL, not citizens

The oil embargo exemption Slovakia is asking for will not benefit citizens but the owner of the only Slovak oil refinery, Slovnaft, a subsidiary of Hungarian MOL, analysts point out. There is a “fundamental difference” between the Slovak exemption and...

Gazprom did not reserve gas transit capacity for June via Slovakia, Poland

Gazprom decided not to renew its capacity share via the Yamal gas pipeline that runs through Poland nor the capacity transit via Slovakia for June, Czech press agency ČTK reported based on their findings of the results of an energy...
Politics 17-05-2022

Orban’s re-election wishes cause backlash

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was reelected by the country’s legislature for a fourth consecutive term on Monday amid social media backlash for EU leaders’ congratulations. “We are plagued by economic woes, war, Europe’s intellectual weakness and Brussels’ political delusion...
Politics 17-05-2022

Poland to soon receive EU recovery funds after striking deal with Commission

The Polish government has reached an agreement with the EU over the national Recovery Plan, paving the way for Poland to finally obtain money from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced. During his visit...
Politics 17-05-2022

Czechia to set up new state energy trader for cheap supplies

The Czech Republic wants to establish a new “state energy trader” that would secure cheap energy supplies for the state and replace the private companies currently in charge of purchasing gas and other fuels. The trader would have the power...
Politics 16-05-2022

Czechia wants Zelenskyy as guest at October EU leaders’ summit

Prague wants Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be a guest at the EU leaders’ summit in October 2022 it will organise as part of its EU Council presidency. The summit is likely to be held at the Prague Castle in...
Politics 16-05-2022

Poland prepares for election season, reports of early elections

Poles are preparing for elections scheduled in 2023, but there are reports of a possible early vote due to tensions between the parties in the right-wing coalition. Next year, Poles will go to the polls twice to elect a new...
Politics 16-05-2022

Ex-PM Fico says Slovakia should stop helping Ukraine

Former Prime Minister and opposition leader Roberto Fico called for an immediate halt to all aid to Ukraine in a TV debate on Sunday. “Ukrainians never helped us, Ukraine blatantly lied to us in 2009 when we needed gas, and...
Energy 13-05-2022

Slovakia to develop geothermal energy to lower Russian energy dependency

Efforts to lower dependence on Russian energy is speeding up local geothermal projects in Slovakia that had been gaining traction before the invasion of Ukraine. The pilot project of a geothermal power plant in Central Slovak town Žiar nad Hronom...
Politics 13-05-2022

Czechia to offer refugees with Hungarian passports train ride to Budapest

Prague is offering refugees with Hungarian passports a free train ride to Hungary, and has asked Budapest to be quick in providing information on whether Ukrainian refugees in Czechia have dual citizenship with Hungary, the Czech News Agency reported. The...
Politics 13-05-2022

Czechia’s digital shortcomings could be fixed with EU recovery money

EU recovery funds may help Czechia fix its broadband connection costs and its lacking digitally qualified personnel. The Czech Republic will use around €1.6 billion of the €7.2 billion from the National Recovery Plan to develop e-government, e-commerce and digital...

Poles ready for Russian shutdown of Yamal gas pipeline

The Polish government says it is ready to disconnect Poland from Russian gas, as no Russian gas has arrived since 27 April via the Yamal pipeline that runs through the country. As part of the counter-sanctions imposed on Western countries,...
Politics 12-05-2022

Authorities withhold reason for giving away Hungarian highways for 35 years

The Hungarian National Concession Bureau will go to the Supreme Court (Kúria) to withhold the release of the calculations underlying a 35-year concession contract of the country’s motorways to a consortium linked to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Telex reported via Radio Free Europe....
Politics 12-05-2022

Polish opposition tables confidence vote against controversial justice minister

Polish opposition parties from the left, centre and moderate right have tabled a motion for a vote of no confidence against controversial Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. Donald Tusk, leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), announced last...

Czechia plans LNG imports from the Baltic Sea by train

Czech state fuel distributor Čepro is ready to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the country, so gas could be transported from the Baltic Sea by train. In the future, ship transport is also possible if the navigability...
Politics 12-05-2022

Resentment for Ukrainian refugees grows in central and eastern Europe

The welcome citizens of Central and Eastern Europe first showed Ukrainian refugees is slowly waning, especially in more pro-Russian countries like Slovakia and Bulgaria, where refugee “privileges” are being criticised, and comparisons to the 2015 refugee crisis are now being...
Politics 11-05-2022

UK pledges to support Poland if it sends Ukraine fighter jets

Defence Minister Ben Wallace has promised that the UK will help Poland if it decides to deliver Soviet fighter jets to Ukraine, The Guardian reports. Poland was already preparing to transfer 28 MiG-29 jets familiar to Ukraine’s pilots in March via...
Politics 11-05-2022

Czechia to tighten refugee rules due to Roma influx

*The featured image has been updated to better reflect the content of the article. The Czech Republic will tighten passport checks on refugees and only grant aid to those fleeing war that have crossed the Ukraine border, the interior ministry...

Hungary runs out of capacity, no new solar power plants

Hungary has run out of available grid connection capacity to connect weather-dependent power plants, disappointing Hungarian solar power developers and investors. MAVIR, the transmission system operator, set the amount of weather-dependent generating capacity able to be accommodated in the electricity...

Zelenskyy understands Slovakia unable to cut Russian oil and gas supplies

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he understands that Slovakia cannot afford to immediately cut its Russian oil and gas supplies but warned of the country’s dependence in a speech before the Slovak National Council on Tuesday. Slovakia is one of...
Politics 10-05-2022

Russia accuses Poland of inaction after Victory Day incident

The Russian foreign ministry has accused Polish authorities of not taking sufficient steps to prevent the pelting with red paint of Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev at the Victory Day ceremonies in Warsaw, and called the country to arrange a new...