Visegrad Archives

  • New education law ‘brings back communist standards’, says Poland’s opposition

    Politics 13-01-2022

    The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the opposition clashed on Wednesday in parliament during the debate on the new amendments to the education law, which the government’s critics say will limit parents’ control over their children’s education. The new …

  • Czech government to push through own Magnitsky Act

    Politics 13-01-2022

    The new five-party governing coalition wants to propose its own Magnitsky Act, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS, ECR) announced in his speech ahead of the parliament’s confidence vote. The Magnitsky Act, based on legislation introduced first in the US, …

  • Slovak Prosecutor General flies to Moscow to sign agreement with Russian counterpart

    Politics 12-01-2022

    Prosecutor General Maroš Žilinka boarded a plane to Moscow on Tuesday to attend the 300th anniversary of the Prosecutor’s Office in Russia and sign a cooperation agreement with his Russian counterpart Igor Krasnov who faces EU sanctions due to the …

  • Hungarian government breaks promise, uses emails to push politics

    Politics 12-01-2022

    As the country enters the pre-election period, the Hungarian government has been using emails shared during the vaccination drive to promote unrelated policies despite earlier promises to only contact citizens with jab-related information, Telex reported. At the launch of the government’s official ‘Vakcinainfo’ …

  • Polish government vows to scrap taxes on gas

    Politics 12-01-2022

    In its long-awaited second “anti-inflation shield”, the government announced its plan to cut value-added tax on fuel and introduce a zero VAT rate on goods such as basic food products, fertilisers and natural gas. The significant rise in food, fuel and …

  • Czech parliament chief urges Hungarians to kick Orbán out

    Politics 12-01-2022

    Following remarks by parliament’s speaker who hoped that Hungarians drive Prime Minister Viktor Orbán out of office in the upcoming general elections, controversy has been sparked in the new Czech governing coalition. “Czechs have already driven their Babiš out. I sincerely …

  • Slovaks lose thousands in pensions savings per year

    Politics 11-01-2022

    Pension savings worth hundreds of millions or more than a billion euros in total are being lost every year by Slovaks putting their money into the pension system’s second pillar. This loss is the policy of former PM Robert Fico’s government. …

  • Government critic acquitted of insulting Polish president

    Politics 11-01-2022

    The regional court in Warsaw decided to discontinue the trial against writer Jakub Żulczyk who called President Andrzej Duda “a moron.” The decision was not welcomed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, of which Duda was a part …

  • Czech farmers fight over CAP Strategic plan

    Politics 11-01-2022

    Small farmers are up in arms over the national strategic plan to implement the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Czechia, calling for more sustainable agricultural funding while larger farmers oppose last-minute changes. On Tuesday, the Czech Agrarian Chamber, which represents …

  • Hungarian minister certain about fourth vaccine

    Politics 11-01-2022

    Minister of Human Resources responsible for healthcare Miklós Kásler said he is absolutely certain that the need for a fourth vaccination must be taken into account in an interview with InfoRádió on Monday, Telex reported. In Kásler’s view, the timing of …

  • Migrant care workers from Slovakia, Romania discriminated against in Austria

    Politics 10-01-2022

    Thousands of women migrant care workers in Austria, mostly from Slovakia and Romania, work excessively long hours with “shockingly” poor salaries and are often subject to various forms of discrimination and abuse, Amnesty International has revealed in a report. “Women migrant workers are …

  • Hungarian producers expect pork prices to increase

    Politics 10-01-2022

    Rising costs in 2021 are likely to force pork producers to increase prices in 2022,  Tamás Éder, president of the Hungarian Meat Industry Association, told Inforádió, according to Telex. The pig meat sector has experienced the impact of two viruses in recent years: …