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Politics 21-09-2021

The fight against high-level corruption cleared by Slovakia’s new government, has lost some of its momentum

The fight against high-level corruption has led to the imprisonment of two former police chiefs, a special prosecutor, the acting head of the intelligence service, and prominent oligarchs, among others. On Monday, Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik was sentenced to 14...
Politics 21-09-2021

Slovak journalists charged for revealing classified information

Police charged two reporters of the Denník N media outlet for disclosing what they said was classified information in the notorious murder case of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fianceé Martina Kušnírová. Investigative journalist Monika Tódová and Denník N deputy...
Politics 21-09-2021

Budapest mayor: cyberattack halting primaries came from China

The capital’s mayor and joint PM candidate of green Párbeszéd and socialist MSZP, Gergely Karácsony, said on Monday that the cyber attack that halted the primaries on Saturday for two days came from China, Telex reported. Karácsony said the opposition was prepared for “Fidesz...
Politics 21-09-2021

Czechia seeks deal over fine in Turow mine dispute with Poland

The European Court of Justice has ordered Poland to pay a daily €500,000 fine because it has not followed its interim measure and continues with mining in Turów, a lignite mine located at the Czech-Polish borders. Czechia considers the decision...
Politics 20-09-2021

Highways cross but don’t connect

The National Highway Company will open a new highway in Slovakia on 26 September but will not include a crossing with highway D1, the main road connecting the west and east of the country. Drivers will thus have to find...
Politics 20-09-2021

Hungarian opposition primaries suspended after ‘cyberattack’

On the day of the first round of the opposition primaries, meant to choose one joint candidate for every electoral unit in next year’s election, the pre-election was halted early afternoon by the overload of the IT system that fed...
Politics 20-09-2021

Czechia to begin COVID-19 booster shot rollout for all

Czechia is offering a third jab to all people who completed their vaccination eight months ago, despite a recent report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) stating that there is no urgent need for booster doses for...
Politics 20-09-2021

Tusk offers PiS a chance to eliminate Polexit

In the middle of a national debate about leaving the EU – also known as ‘Polexit’ – the European Council’s former president Donald Tusk offered his biggest opponent, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS), a hand in changing the nation’s...
Politics 17-09-2021

Czech railway: Low quality, high density

Czechia is an EU leader when it comes to the density of railway network. With 9,277 kilometres of rail in the country, it would be difficult to find a more connected state within the EU. Quality-wise, though, there are severe...
Politics 17-09-2021

Poland’s medical staff go on strike

“You will hang,” far-right lawmaker Grzegorz Braun (Confederacy) told health minister Adam Niedzielski at a debate over the situation in the health sector on Thursday in the Sejm. Braun was thrown out of the chamber and the issue was referred...
Politics 17-09-2021

The island in illiberal storm’ is getting bigger

Another twenty cities from around the world have joined the Pact of Free Cities initiative launched in 2019 by Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw mayors. Faced with conservative illiberal governments, these cities launched the initiative to promote democracy and transparency...
Politics 16-09-2021

Pope Francis condemns discrimination and prejudice against Roma

Pope Francis wrapped up his official visit to Slovakia on Wednesday by celebrating holy mass in the western Slovak pilgrimage town of Šaštín-Stráže in front of approximately 50.000 people. Before the Pontiff departed for Rome on Wednesday afternoon, he once...
Politics 16-09-2021

Polish ruling party puts an end to ‘Polexit’ discussion

In reaction to the public discourse in the past weeks, Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party adopted a position in which it states that “the objective of PiS is for Poland not to leave the EU”. Ryszard Terlecki, a...
Politics 15-09-2021

Slovakia plans record-high defence expenditure

The Slovak defence ministry is planning the largest purchase in the country’s history. The government already approved the purchase of 152 tracked and 76 wheeled combat armoured vehicles. Estimated price tag is over €2 billion, EURACTIV Slovakia reports. According to...
Politics 15-09-2021

Hungary condemns EP resolution calling for EU-wide recognition of same-sex marriage

Fidesz politicians have strongly criticised the resolution calling for cross-bloc recognition of same-sex marriage, Telex reported. MEP Balázs Hidvéghi said that it is another “madness” from Brussels, while Justice Minister Judit Varga described the European Parliament’s resolution “a completely groundless political position”....
Politics 15-09-2021

Crisis at Belarusian border helps ruling party regain ground

Latest polls show that the ruling party in Poland is regaining some popularity after last months’ losses at the expense of leading opposition parties. The 10 September United Surveys poll for WP.pl showed Law and Justice (PiS) support at 36.4%,...
Politics 15-09-2021

Polls suggest the collapse of Czech social democracy

Ahead of Czech parliamentary elections due on 8-9 October 2021, Czech social democrats face hard times. Unlike their German counterparts, they are losing ground and opinion polls suggest they might not even pass the 5% threshold required to win a...
Politics 14-09-2021

Prime minister Heger apologised for wartime Jewish Code

Slovak Prime minister Eduard Heger and his cabinet apologised for the Order on the Legal Status of Jews, also known as the Jewish Code, legislation adopted by the Nazi-allied wartime Slovak state that existed from 1939 until 1945. “The Slovak...
Politics 14-09-2021

Poland free of Gazprom gas

On the eve of the inauguration of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, the Polish government's plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, has confirmed that Poland will become independent of Russian gas supplies from 2023.
Politics 14-09-2021

Czech agriculture ministry: Nutri-score will discriminate against traditional food

Czechia’s agricultural ministry is against the “Nutri-score”, a label system converting the nutritional value of food into an overall A-E score. According to the ministry, Nutri-score is too simplistic because it does not consider the size of portion and general...
Politics 13-09-2021

Pope Francis arrived on an official visit to Slovakia

Hundreds of believers, politicians and the representatives of the Church welcomed Pope Francis at the Bratislava airport on Sunday afternoon, at the start of his four-day visit to the country. Francis came to Bratislava from Budapest, where he also met...
Politics 13-09-2021

Hungarian opposition candidates hold first primary debate

With less than a week to go until opposition primaries that will decide who will challenge Viktor Orbán in parliamentary elections next April, prime minister hopefuls went head to head for the first time in a rare instance of televised...
Politics 13-09-2021

No Czech recognition for the Taliban

Prague should definitely not recognise the Taliban government of Afghanistan, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek said on Sunday. However, it will be necessary to communicate with the Taliban, he said, adding that the EU should take a united approach in...
Politics 13-09-2021

Merkel pays farewell visit to Warsaw

Over the weekend, Angela Merkel paid her last trip to Poland as German chancellor, striking a conciliatory tone on Warsaw’s rule of law standoff with the EU. Speaking alongside Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday, Merkel emphasized the importance...