Visegrad Archives

  • Court of Justice slams Polish judiciary reform, again

    Politics 07-10-2021

    The European Court of Justice delivered a preliminary ruling on Wednesday (6 October), stating that a Polish judge was wrongly moved between courts without due consideration or consultation. “It became a practice of the Polish government to move around the uncompromised judges …

  • Pro-Russian disinformation centres target Czech Pirates ahead of elections

    Politics 07-10-2021

    Eight months ago, opinion polls suggested that the Czech Pirate Party (Greens/EFA) and coalition partner Mayors and Independents (EPP) could get more than 25% of the votes. But on the eve of the Czech parliamentary elections, they are struggling to …

  • Turow case deadlock: Regional leaders ask for action

    Politics 06-10-2021

    The Czech-Polish dispute over coal-mine Turów is deadlocked. “Now we do not see any sense in further negotiations with Czechia over the Turów mine because they have no positive effect,” said Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz. Read more. CUT Intense negotiations have …

  • Slovak government clashes with industry over energy prices

    Politics 06-10-2021

    Slovak industry groups have demanded compensation for high energy prices, particularly from the environmental fund established by the environment ministry to support sustainable development. However, the environment ministry responded by saying the fund “is not an ATM”, EURACTIV Slovakia reported. With …

  • Pandora Papers feature over 40 Slovaks

    Politics 05-10-2021

    The massive leak of financial papers known as the Pandora Papers features more than 40 Slovaks, including criminals wanted by the police, real estate developers, and people on the American sanctions list. Besides Czechia’s Slovak-born Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, the Pandora …

  • Czech police to check PM’s offshore activities

    Politics 05-10-2021

    Czech police will look into the case of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who, according to Sunday’s massive leak of financial papers known as the Pandora Papers, secretly bought a French chateau through offshore companies. “The National Unit for Combating Organised Crime will …

  • Whereabouts of migrants pushed back into Belarus still unknown

    Politics 05-10-2021

    The whereabouts of the 20 migrants, including eight children, who were pushed back into Belarus on 28 September after they had first been escorted to a temporary refuge in Poland’s eastern town of Michałowo, remains unknown. According to the Polish border …

  • Green and conservative candidates team up to defeat Orbán

    Politics 05-10-2021

    Budapest’s Green mayor Gergely Karácsony and Independent conservative Péter Márki-Zay said they would work together during opposition primaries and next year’s parliamentary polls in hopes of governing together, they announced on Monday, Telex reported. Speaking at a press conference after four hours of …

  • Most Slovaks favour mandatory vaccination of medical personnel, teachers

    Politics 04-10-2021

    Most Slovaks agree that medical personnel and teachers are obliged to take the COVID-19 vaccine, a new survey conducted by Focus agency shows. Almost 57% of Slovaks would say ‘yes’ to the mandatory vaccination of medical personnel like doctors and nurses. …

  • Parliamentary speaker codemns Brussels over legal superiority spat

    Politics 04-10-2021

    Statements by EU officials that the standoff with Poland will be settled once Warsaw agrees to recognise the superiority of EU law over the Polish constitution are unacceptable, Speaker of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, said on Sunday. “When we entered the …

  • Opposition gears up for second round of search for Orbán’s opponent

    Politics 04-10-2021

    Budapest’s green mayor Gergely Karácsony and independent Hódmezővásárhely mayor Péter Márki-Zay, two of the three prime ministerial candidates to move on to the next round of opposition’s primaries, have agreed to continue competing as allies. However, there is still a …

  • Babis blames Czech ‘mafia’ for offshore data leak

    Politics 04-10-2021

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was among the world leaders whose secret wealth was revealed in the Pandora Papers leak. Only five days before the Czech parliamentary elections, Babiš denied any wrongdoing and blamed the “Czech mafia” for the offshore …

  • Czechia fears ‘Green’ pressure on rule of law

    Politics 02-10-2021

    The Czech diplomacy representation in Berlin is convinced that Germany will have to change and adapt to the new global reality full of instabilities regardless of the election results. A slight shift in German foreign policy is expected, but the EU’s …

  • Slovak government approves hospital reform funded by recovery plan

    Politics 01-10-2021

    The hospital reform, which aims to ensure greater expertise and specialisation of hospitals by redefining the roles and status of hospitals according to the care they provide to patients, was approved by the government. It is a “key reform and it …

  • Commissioner Johansson failed to convince Poland on pushbacks

    Politics 01-10-2021

    European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson met with Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński in Warsaw to discuss the situation on the Eastern border of Poland and the EU with Belarus. The Commission is particularly concerned over the recent five deaths of migrants …

  • Babis and Orban blacklist critical international journalists

    Politics 01-10-2021

    Czech and foreign journalists who reported critically on Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán were banned from the joint press conference held by the two leaders on Wednesday in Czechia. Die Zeit, Le Monde and ARD, and Czech journalists …

  • Czech PM advocates for price cap on EU carbon emission allowances

    Politics 30-09-2021

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called on the European Council to discuss carbon emission allowances and a cap on energy prices during its next meeting. Babiš blamed the EU institutions for bad estimates of carbon prices. “Yesterday, I wrote a letter to …

  • Slovakia’s recycling numbers allegedly overrated, fraudulent

    Politics 30-09-2021

    While Eurostat figures state Slovakia recycles 38.5% of its municipal waste, the numbers could well be deliberately inflated, Denník N media outlet has reported. Various sources have claimed that, in reality, some of the plastic waste reported as recycled go to …

  • ‘Legal’ pushback: EU walking on a tightrope

    Politics 30-09-2021

    Faced with a stalemate in talks over a new EU migration pact, several member states have tabled a proposal to legalise pushbacks. Considering that no joint EU response on migration is expected before the French elections in April 2022, the …

  • President Caputova: Slovakia needs stability, leadership

    Politics 29-09-2021

    Slovakia is a “wounded country” that is in desperate need of stability and clear leadership, said President Zuzana Čaputová in an address to the nation in her second state of the republic on Tuesday. She added that “Slovakia needs peace …

  • Hungary lashes out at Ukraine over Russian gas

    Politics 29-09-2021

    Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó summoned the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest on Tuesday over Kyiv’s decision to turn to the European Commission over the Hungarian-Russian gas deal, Telex reported. Hungary signed a fifteen-year gas purchase contract with Russia’s Gazprom bypassing Ukraine on Monday. …

  • Morawiecki government considers breaking up ‘sincere cooperation’ principle

    Politics 29-09-2021

    As the stalemate between the Polish government and the European Commission continues over the approval of the Polish recovery plans, there are signals from within the government of Mateusz Morawiecki that all retaliatory options against the Commission’s inaction are on …

  • Renew leadership turns blind eye to Babis’ behaviour

    Politics 29-09-2021

    As Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO, Renew) is stepping up his anti-EU rhetoric ahead of the elections in October, the Renew Europe leadership is turning a blind eye to his behaviour. Babiš took particular aim at the European Parliament. “I …

  • Slovaks’ fear of vaccine is higher than solidarity

    Politics 28-09-2021

    The reason for the low vaccination rate in Slovakia is mainly the fear of the vaccine, a new study published by the Slovak Academy of Sciences shows. In some cases, this fear can be stronger than solidarity with other people and …