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Politics 27-01-2022

Close to half the households of Czech seniors suffer from energy poverty

Households of Czech seniors are highly vulnerable to current electricity and heating prices spikes. Up to 60% of them are at risk, and around 40% already suffer from energy poverty. However, the current situation related to high gas prices is...
Politics 27-01-2022

Protests in Warsaw as death toll related to Polish abortion ruling rises

Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday evening at the Constitutional Tribunal and the headquarters of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to protest against the Tribunal’s 2020 anti-abortion ruling after another woman died due to the doctors’ refusal to...
Politics 27-01-2022

Slovak PM backs mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) said he would support mandatory vaccination in case of a new, more dangerous variant that would fill hospitals and put pressure on healthcare systems. At the end of December, Heger asked the health ministry...
Politics 27-01-2022

Hungary: Kyiv’s minority rights stance ‘limits’ any support in conflict

If Ukrainians do not back down from their anti-minority policy, it will very much limit the Hungarian government’s ability to provide any kind of support, even in this conflict, Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview with pro-government Magyar...
Politics 26-01-2022

Hungarian government wants teachers to work for free while striking

Since negotiations between the government and teachers’ unions on improving work conditions have been unsuccessful, Telex reported that teachers are now preparing to strike following the executive’s “absurd” proposals. Hungarian teachers have been calling for an increase in pay and...
Politics 26-01-2022

Bratislava, Prague prepare for influx of Ukrainian refugees

Even a limited conflict in Ukraine will bring tens of thousands of refugees to Slovakia, Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď (OĽaNO) said after the meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday. If the situation in Ukraine escalates and the worst scenario...
Politics 25-01-2022

Most Slovaks want social media to remove false content

Eighty-one per cent of Slovaks want social media platforms like Facebook to remove content that is proven false, while two in three believe social media is responsible for society’s mood regarding the pandemic, a recent survey organised by MEP Vladimír...
Politics 25-01-2022

Hungary hires ex-Pegasus spyware lobbyist

The Hungarian government has allegedly hired a Washington DC lobbyist who is linked to Israeli company NSO Group, the creators of  Pegasus spyware, to prepare for potential US sanctions, Telex reported via Direkt36. A multinational investigation in which Direkt36 participated revealed last summer that the software was...
Politics 25-01-2022

Turów deal is illegal, Czech experts warn

A newly drafted agreement between Czechia and Poland on the Turów coal mine violates EU law, Czech environment, and legal experts have warned. The agreement aims to solve the dispute between the two countries over the extended license for the...
Politics 25-01-2022

Polish Supreme Court body Brussels wants disbanded, picks new head

The Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Chamber, which the EU Court of Justice ordered Poland to dismantle over rule-of-law-related concerns, is set to elect its new president. “The Chamber plans its further activity as if it was confident of its fate”, says...
Politics 24-01-2022

Slovak environment ministry to remove barriers for geothermal energy

Preparations are underway for a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) law, State secretary of the environment ministry, Michal Kiča said. While having a lot of potential for heating, rules for developing geothermal energy currently face legislative barriers in Slovakia. Despite...
Politics 24-01-2022

Opposition misses opportunity to hold referendum same day as elections and Fidesz’s anti-LGBTQI poll

The united opposition’s drive to collect enough signatures for a referendum to be held on the same day as the 3 April national elections and the government’s concurrent referendum on LGBTQI issues is almost certain to have failed, despite claims...
Politics 24-01-2022

Pegasus case in Poland: Anti-corruption bureau head’s daughter harassed via phone

New facts emerged this weekend on the reported abuse of Pegasus software by Polish special services. Former CBA head Paweł Wojtunik tweeted that his daughter was harassed via phone by someone suggesting he was dead. “Your dad is dead, he...
Politics 24-01-2022

Prague seeks less dependency on Russian gas, plans stake in LNG terminal

The Czech government wants to buy a stake in an LNG terminal in a neighbouring country to diversify its energy supplies. With Germany and Poland being the only two neighbouring countries currently building LNG terminals, Czechia will likely favour cooperation...
Politics 21-01-2022

Slovak economy minister against prolonging Crimea sanctions

In a December interview, economy minister Richard Sulík stated that he does not consider sanctions effective and thinks Russia will not return Crimea to Ukraine. The latter part of the statement recently caused tension between Ukraine and Slovakia. Sulík’s statement...
Politics 21-01-2022

Justice Minister: European left is interfering in Hungarian elections

Justice Minister Judit Varga has accused the European left of interfering in the country’s decisions after 62 MEPs sent a letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) asking for a full-scale mission to monitor the Hungarian...
Politics 21-01-2022

Czechia shies away from mandatory vaccination

The new Czech government has decided it will not make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory, Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) announced this week, saying his cabinet does not wish to “widen divisions within society”. As COVID-19 cases continue to reach record heights,...
Politics 21-01-2022

Poland pledges support to Ukraine as presidents meet for two-day talks

Polish President Andrzej Duda will receive Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a two-day discussion on the security situation in Ukraine in the face of the risk of a Russian attack. “Poland supports Ukraine and is clear that there is no...
Politics 20-01-2022

Simple defence agreement with US divides Slovakia

The defence cooperation agreement between Slovakia and the US has been major news in Slovakia for over a week now. If passed, the deal would grant the American army the right to use two military airports in exchange for access to funds aimed...
Politics 20-01-2022

Prague considers sending military material to Kyiv

The new Czech government wants to help Ukraine amid the escalating situation at the borders with Russia, Defence Minister Jana Černochová (ODS, ECR) said in an interview with daily Hospodářské noviny. In the interview, Černochová confirmed the Czech Republic is willing to...
Politics 20-01-2022

EU Commission takes hard steps to make Poland pay Turów fines

The European Commission will deduct money from Poland’s allocation in the EU budget in response to the country’s refusal to comply with the EU Court of Justice’s ruling regarding the Turów mine, TVN24 TV station reported. EU officials “are now...
Politics 20-01-2022

MEPs call for full-scale election observation in Hungary

Sixty-two MEPs from various political groups have sent a joint letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), asking for a full-scale monitoring mission ahead of Hungary’s elections on 3 April. “We all share the concern that the elections...
Politics 19-01-2022

Slovakia agreed to cut down methane emissions without a plan

Slovakia promised to cut down its methane emissions by 30% compared to 2020 levels by 2030 at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, but it currently has no plan on how to achieve this. The same promise was given by...
Politics 19-01-2022

Former Czech PM Babis to be stripped of immunity

The Immunity Committee has recommended the Czech parliament remove the parliamentary immunity of former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. If the parliament follows the recommendation, which is very likely, Babiš will face prosecution over alleged EU subsidy fraud. A vote on...