Visegrad Archives

  • Unchallenged Orbán to stay at Fidesz steering wheel

    Politics 15-11-2021

    At the 29th Fidesz Congress on Sunday, PM Viktor Orbán was confirmed as leader of the governing party for another two years, Telex reported, promising that the last three decades were just a “warm-up”. Orbán received 1,061 votes from an undisclosed …

  • Slovakia embarks on Brussels-mandated tax reform

    Politics 15-11-2021

    Finance Minister Igor Matovič presented the first part of the tax-levy reform focused on families on Sunday. The major reform is part of Bratislava’s EU-financed recovery plan, based on the government’s programme statement. Matovič stated that, according to the proposal, working …

  • Czechia wants to help Poland with border protection

    Politics 15-11-2021

    The Civic Democrats (ODS, ECR) called on the outgoing Czech government to send police officers to Poland and help its neighbour with the current migration crisis at the Polish-Belarus borders. ODS emphasised that in October, the government sent Czech police officers …

  • EPPO to investigate one of Slovakia’s largest EU-funded digital projects

    Politics 12-11-2021

    The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will investigate one of Slovakia’s largest cyber projects worth over €50 million, which the previous government of Peter Pellegrini executed. The Minister for Investment, Regional Development and Informatisation Veronika Remišová (For the People) confirmed the …

  • Hungary fixes gas price

    Politics 12-11-2021

    The government will fix the price of 95 octane petrol and diesel at HUF480 (€1.34) per litre, the minister in charge of the prime minister’s office, Gergely Gulyás, announced on Thursday (11 November), Telex reported. The measure will enter into force on …

  • Far-right Independence Day march goes ahead despite court ruling

    Politics 12-11-2021

    As Poland celebrated its Independence Day, the annual march took place in Warsaw with some 150,000 people in attendance, despite a ban imposed by the city mayor and maintained by the District Court. Some claim that the Independence March promotes neo-fascist …

  • Czechia stays off the just transition path

    Politics 12-11-2021

    Czechia has to phase out coal as soon as possible to meet European climate goals. However, the transition to a green economy is still far from becoming a reality. “In practice, the Czech Republic has not yet succeeded in establishing a …

  • Slovak minister Sulik: I don’t want Hungary to own shares in an important state company

    Politics 11-11-2021

    After Slovakia’s economy ministry stopped the sale of minority shares of Stredoslovenská energetika a.s. (SSE) to Hungarian state energy giant MVM, minister Richard Sulík (SaS/ECR) said he does not like the idea of Hungary making significant financial investments in Slovakia. 49% of …

  • EU Council chief visits Warsaw

    Politics 11-11-2021

    European Council President Charles Michel has arrived in Warsaw as the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border continues to escalate. “I came to Poland because I wanted to express the solidarity of the European Union towards Poland. We take this crisis …

  • Czech PM Babis to be stripped of immunity for the third time

    Politics 11-11-2021

    Prague prosecutor’s office asked the newly-elected Czech parliament to strip outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of parliamentary immunity. As the majority of the new parliament is now formed by opposition parties critical of Babiš, it is expected they will comply …

  • Construction material prices hikes threaten EU projects in Slovakia

    Politics 10-11-2021

    Several big infrastructure projects in Slovakia, funded by the EU’s 2014-2020 programming period, are at risk due to the rapid rise of construction material prices. According to EU rules, projects must be finished by the end of 2023, but authorities are …

  • Stunned analysts predict inflation above 7% in Hungary

    Politics 10-11-2021

    Surprised by Tuesday’s (9 November) announcement that Hungary’s inflation hit 6.5% in October, experts predict the next six months could bring even higher inflation still as well as sizable central bank rate hikes, Telex reported. Péter Virovácz, an analyst at ING, said …

  • Czech conservative leader asked to form the new government

    Politics 10-11-2021

    Czech President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday asked conservative leader Petr Fiala (Civic Democrats/ECR) to form the country’s new government. “I accepted this mandate. In the next days, I will continue negotiations with coalition partners about the final shape of the government,” …

  • Duda: All Polish politicians should feel responsible for border situation

    Politics 10-11-2021

    “I appeal to all Polish politicians to feel responsible for the situation on the border since the issue is too serious to use it for propaganda reasons, to make politics on it, to wage a political fight”, President Andrzej Duda …

  • Strasbourg Court says Polish Extraordinary Review Chamber not independent

    Politics 09-11-2021

    The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Monday that Poland’s Supreme Court’s Extraordinary Review and Public Affairs Chamber is not an independent court. The case is related to the judicial reform pushed by the ruling Law and …

  • Opposition pressures Fidesz over Pegasus purchase

    Politics 09-11-2021

    At the Hungarian parliament’s sitting on Monday (8 November), the opposition accused Fidesz MP Lajos Kósa of mishandling classified information when he revealed that the ministry of interior had bought the Israeli spyware, Telex reported. Far-right-turned-conservative Jobbik MP György Szilágyi questioned whether …

  • Czechia meets Poland at EU Court after bilateral talks failed

    Politics 09-11-2021

    Czechia and Poland failed to agree on a deal that would have led to the withdrawal of a lawsuit concerning coal mine Turów located at Czech-Polish borders. Representatives of the two neighbouring countries will now meet on Tuesday at the …

  • Slovakia may nationalise electricity giant to prevent Orban from taking control

    Politics 09-11-2021

    Hungary’s biggest state-owned electricity provider, MVM, is currently offering €1.2 billion for a minority share in Slovakia’s second-largest electricity distributor, Stredoslovenská energetika a.s (SSE). Economy Minister Richard Sulík (SaS/ECR) is being pressured by coalition partners, opposition politicians and employer’s associations …

  • V4 group not as crucial as political leaders claim

    Politics 08-11-2021

    Visegrad cooperation is still important but not as crucial as political leaders often claim, a new study based on a survey among Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak foreign and EU policy experts suggests. According to Pavlína Janebová, the Research Director of …

  • Controversial Polish Ambassador to Berlin is leaving his post

    Politics 08-11-2021

    Prof. Andrzej Przyłębski, the husband of the President of the Constitutional Tribunal Julia Przyłębska, is leaving his post as Poland’s ambassador to Berlin after five years in post. According to “Gazeta Wyborcza” Przyłębski intends to devote himself to an academic career. Soon …

  • Leader of Hungarian party in Slovakia banned from entering Ukraine

    Politics 08-11-2021

    Krisztián Forró, leader of the Alliance party, which represents the Hungarian minority in Slovakia, was prevented from entering Ukraine last week. Forró planned to visit Užgorod, where he was supposed to meet representatives of the political party representing the Hungarian minority in …

  • Slovakia sees rapid surge in real estate prices

    Politics 05-11-2021

    Every Slovak region is seeing a rapid increase in real estate prices, mainly because of the low-interest rates on mortgages, the pandemic and inflation. An analysis by the National bank of Slovak suggests that housing availability is decreasing in every …

  • Fidesz MP admits government bought spyware used to hack journalists

    Politics 05-11-2021

    Fidesz MP Lajos Kósa, the chairman of the Hungarian parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, admitted on Thursday (4 November) that the interior ministry had bought the Israeli Pegasus spy software, which press investigations revealed last summer was used to …

  • Beer gets Czechs to vaccination centres

    Politics 05-11-2021

    People have been more willing to get the COVID vaccine after it was announced on 20 October that pubs and restaurants would start checking COVID-19 certificates from 1 November, Czech health authorities have said. The willingness of the people to …