Visegrad Archives

  • Another high-ranking Slovak politician backs gas payments in roubles

    Energy & Environment 10-05-2022

    Sme Rodina member and Speaker of the National Council Boris Kollár is yet another high-ranking Slovak politician who says he supports paying Russia for gas in roubles. “I would pay with anything, even shekels,” said Kollár, adding that Russia cutting gas …

  • Agri-clash in Czechia over organic farming after war in Ukraine

    Agrifood 10-05-2022

    Large Czech agribusinesses oppose the EU’s plan to extend organic farming to 25% of the land, warning against potential food price hikes amid an already challenging situation due to the war in Ukraine. The EU harbours ambitious plans, as a part …

  • Young Slovaks divided over defending country in case of attack

    Politics 09-05-2022

    Young people in Slovakia are the most willing to both defend and leave the country in case of war, a new survey by Focus agency found. Only 13% of the population said they would defend the country, while half would stay but …

  • Hungary’s anti-EU Party re-branded as ‘Huxit party’

    Politics 09-05-2022

    Far-right politician János Volner has announced that his personal party will be renamed as Huxit party to represent those who want Hungary to leave the European Union, Telex reported on Sunday. Volner left the far-right-turned-conservative Jobbik in October 2018 and joined the far-right Our …

  • Russian Embassy cancels Victory Day march in Poland

    Politics 09-05-2022

    The Russian Embassy in Poland decided not to go ahead with the planned Victory Day march on Monday after city authorities and the Polish foreign ministry slammed the initiative, the embassy announced on its website. The embassy planned to place a …

  • Germany may supply weapons to Ukraine via Czechia, Slovakia

    Politics 09-05-2022

    Berlin is working with Bratislava and Prague on agreements to unlock further tank and heavy weapons supplies to Ukraine as both countries negotiate a “chain swap” to replace weapons and tanks Czechia and Slovakia are sending to Ukraine. Negotiators of both …

  • Slovak government in turmoil after failed vote on former PM’s custody

    Politics 06-05-2022

    Slovakia’s government has been unable to gather enough votes for an independent court to decide whether former Prime Minister and current MP Robert Fico should be prosecuted for allegedly orchestrating a criminal ring. This is a big loss for Slovakia’s current …

  • Czech government sends Ukraine more humanitarian aid

    Politics 06-05-2022

    The Czech government will send Ukraine another €18 million in humanitarian aid, totalling €40 million, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said at Thursday’s donor conference in Warsaw that raised $6.5 billion for Ukraine. Lipavský said the Czech Republic could organise a similar …

  • Controversial Polish minister could face no-confidence vote

    Politics 06-05-2022

    Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro should face a vote of no confidence in parliament according to the Civic Platform (PO), the largest opposition party, backed by the agrarian Polish People’s Party (PSL). Ziobro, Poland’s justice minister and prosecutor general, is a controversial …

  • Trump to skip American rights annual meetup in Budapest

    Politics 06-05-2022

    Former US President Donald Trump will not attend this year’s annual largest and most influential gathering of American conservatives in Budapest this month despite speculation to the contrary, EURACTIV’s media partner Telex reported. The Hungarian Centre for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ), a right-leaning …

  • War crimes among priorities of Czech EU presidency

    Politics 05-05-2022

    The investigation and prosecution of war crimes will be among the topics of the Czech EU Council presidency in the second half of 2022, Justice Minister Pavel Blazek (ODS, ECR) has said. Blažek is heading to Hague within the next two …

  • Russia’s sixth sanction package opens EU’s Pandora’s Box

    Energy & Environment 05-05-2022

    Budapest and Bratislava are unhappy with the European Commission’s proposal to ban Russian black gold despite being given extra time to phase it out, while Sofia and Prague have jumped on the bandwagon and are now asking for special treatment.  Moreover, …