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Politics 18-05-2021

Slovakia’s ageing population to drastically increase public spending

Slovakia will increase public spending to deal with the challenges of its aging population to a level not seen in any other EU country by 2070, the Slovak Institute of Financial Policy has claimed. “Expenditures on pensions, healthcare, long-term care...
Politics 18-05-2021

Budapest rejects Chinese university building site plans

Budapest’s green mayor Gergely Karácsony, who recently announced his run for the prime ministerial post in the opposition primaries, has rejected the construction of the Fudan university on its planned site after talks with Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics...
Politics 18-05-2021

Czech government approves national recovery plan

The Czech government approved on Monday a national recovery plan with investments worth €7.9 billion, mostly funded by the EU recovery fund. The plan is ready to be submitted to the European Commission for approval. However, the final version has...
Politics 18-05-2021

Poland’s Civic platform party continues to lose members

Polish MEP Róża Thun announced on Monday she was leaving Poland’s main opposition party Civic Platform after diverging from the party line over the vote on the EU recovery fund. Thun’s departure comes after lawmakers Paweł Zalewski and Ireneusz Raś...
Politics 17-05-2021

€1.5 billion needed to decarbonise Slovakia’s steelworks

After a business trip to Pittsburg, Slovak Finance Minister and former PM, Igor Matovič, unveiled a €1.5 billion plan to decarbonise Slovakia’s U.S. Steel Košice steel mill, which aims to reduce the steelwork’s emissions by 80%. “There’s no other way...
Politics 17-05-2021

Czechia on Russian list of ‘unfriendly states’

Russia has published a new official list of “unfriendly states” featuring just two countries – Czechia and the US. According to the decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Czech diplomatic mission in Russia can employ a maximum of...
Politics 17-05-2021

Poland’s ‘New Deal’ project to focus on health reforms

Poland’s ruling coalition announced a New Deal project for the post-pandemic era on Saturday, foreseeing a boost for the healthcare sector equivalent to 7% of the country’s GDP, with 6% to be reached by 2023. The 160-page document contains proposals...
Politics 17-05-2021

Budapest mayor announces prime minister run

The Hungarian capital’s mayor Gergely Karácsony has confirmed his widely expected candidacy for the pre-election of opposition parties for the prime ministerial post. “We have one life and one country,” said Karácsony, speaking in his hometown of Nyírtass, putting the...
Politics 14-05-2021

Slovakia to support families in material need

The government decided to pay a one-time allowance of €333 per child to families in material need. According to Slovak Labour Minister Milan Krajniak, the first wave of support will target 45,000 children. Families should receive the money by the...
Politics 14-05-2021

Czechia’s fourth health minister since pandemic sparks another controversy

The Czech Republic’s new Health Minister Petr Arenberger, who took office on 7 April, has been challenged to explain alleged substantial irregularities in his tax returns, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Thursday. The PM’s words come after recent...
Politics 14-05-2021

Hungary launches vaccination certificate mobile app

Hungary launched a mobile app allowing holders to certify their vaccination status on Thursday (13 May), though several users encountered problems with using the tool, Telex reported. Unlike the country’s vaccine certificate, which carries information on both those who got the...
Politics 14-05-2021

Polish right-wing opposition party opposes ‘vaccine passports’

The “green certificates” to be introduced across the EU will “significantly hinder or even make it impossible for tens of millions of people, including at least 10 million Polish citizens to travel in Europe,” Michał Wawer, a lawyer and treasurer...
Politics 13-05-2021

Hungary hands in revised recovery plan following initial alleged rejection

Hungary handed in its revised recovery plan to the European Commission on Wednesday, under which the country will request €7.2 billion in grants, forgoing claiming €9.6 billion in cheap loans, after press reported that the initial plans of the government...
Politics 13-05-2021

Babis’ minority government could face no-confidence vote in June

The two opposition coalitions in the Czech parliament’s lower house said on Wednesday they want to initiate a vote of no-confidence in the minority government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, with a possible date at the beginning of June, due...
Politics 13-05-2021

Polish government speeds up post-lockdown reopening

The Polish government has brought forward by eight days the reopening date for cinemas, theatres, philharmonics and opera houses, allowing these establishments to operate at 50% capacity from 21 May as the country’s daily new coronavirus case numbers continue to...
Politics 13-05-2021

Slovak journal denies removing article criticising Sputnik V

The Russian Fund for Direct Investment (RFDI) has asked Slovak newspaper Denník N to withdraw a story, citing the Slovak authorities’ assessment of the Sputnik V vaccine, which it stated is “misleading.” The Slovak newspaper said it would not adhere...
Politics 12-05-2021

Slovakia suspends use of AstraZeneca following death

Slovakia has temporarily stopped the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a 47-year-old woman who had been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab died from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Only those who have already received a first dose of the vaccine...
Politics 12-05-2021

Polish Health Minister appoints COVID-19 research team

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski has assigned a team to monitor the epidemiological situation in terms of coronavirus variants and conducting molecular epidemiological surveillance in Poland. The team, to be led by Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska, will propose legislation...
Politics 12-05-2021

Czechia negotiates bilateral travel agreements for vaccinated citizens

Czechia is working on bilateral travel agreements with several EU member states to allow citizens vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel freely across Europe. “After a year and a half, people deserve holidays abroad. Our goal is to reach as soon...
Politics 11-05-2021

Slovak government again divided over ousting of justice minister.

A proposal put forward by the opposition to oust Slovak Justice Minister Mária Kolíková from the coalition party Za ľudí due to conflict of interest was shot down by members of government. However, lawmakers from the leading coalition party, OĽANO...
Politics 11-05-2021

Hungarian police confirms government COVID-19 websites under cyberattack

The Hungarian police have stood by claims that the country’s COVID-19 related websites were targeted by a cyberattack, but declined to give further details to Telex. The statement contradicts experts who said it is unlikely that the websites were attacked,...
Politics 11-05-2021

EU won’t expel Russian diplomats despite Czechia’s solidarity call

The EU does not want to escalate tensions with Russia by expelling Russian diplomats, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday, after a meeting of EU foreign ministers. “Everybody agreed on the need not to continue an escalation....
Politics 11-05-2021

Eastern Europe leaders condemn Russia’s acts of sabotage on NATO territory

Leaders of the Bucharest Nine (B9) group condemned acts of sabotage committed by Russia on the NATO territory and expressed their view that the Atlantic alliance members must address the security implications of China’s global rise together. The leaders of...
Politics 10-05-2021

Slovak MPs reject Ombudswoman’s human rights report

Slovakia’s Public Defender of Rights Mária Patakyová has released a report criticising the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on human rights and freedoms but it did not get parliament’s approval. According to the ombudswoman, the introduction of state quarantine was problematic....