About: Slovakia

Future EU 12-03-2019

EPP more likely to expel Fidesz if rival groups also ditch troublemakers

If mainstream political groups do not collectively expel their bad apples it could spell an end to measures by the EU to protect democracy in its member countries, write Jean Morijn and Israel Butler.
Electricity 14-09-2018

Mega infrastructure projects win over clean energy in Visegrad Four

In the Visegrad countries, decision makers prefer their historical favourites – coal and nuclear – to renewable sources and energy efficiency. As the Global Climate Action Summit resumes in San Francisco, it’s important to realise that corporate leadership can also shape the outlook for clean energy in Eastern Europe, writes Ada Ámon.
Central Europe 25-07-2018

Visegrad plus Ukraine = V5?

Ukraine hopes that the Slovak presidency of the Visegrad group will resuscitate stalled cooperation between the group and the Eastern European country. But Kyiv still has a lot to learn about how the V4 does business, warns Hennadiy Maksak.
Energy 11-06-2018

Will Slovak coal giant benefit from EU’s clean energy transition efforts?

The European Commission chose the Trencin region in Slovakia as a pilot for its new initiative to support the transition away from coal in Europe’s regions. Coal company HBP wants to take advantage of the EU initiative – while keeping coal mining in the region.
Future EU 10-04-2018

Slovakia did not hesitate to start its national EU convention

We have to value EU membership and avoid behaviour that undermines its success, writes Slovakia's European affairs chief, Ivan Korčok.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Corporate greed: The enemy of decent work  

Decent work needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda – working people, employers and governments. Decent work is the foundation of a decent life, the opportunity to earn a living and make a contribution to the community, writes Esther Lynch.
Future EU 06-03-2017

Visegrád on Juncker’s White Paper: No to a multi-speed Europe

The V4 do not want federalisation, nor a return to only the single market. The emergence of multi-speed Europe is particularly undesirable for them. However, this is where the Visegrád consensus ends, writes Vít Dostál.
Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia’s gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
Enlargement 08-12-2016

EU should recognise Romania as bulwark against Russian expansionism

Moldova and Bulgaria recently joined Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in electing leaders with strong ties to the Kremlin. Romania remains the last pro-European bastion, writes Nicolas Tenzer.

Youth excluded from Bratislava Summit

We call for real, new investment in tackling the big problems that youth - and therefore the whole of society - faces. And we ask that, at this crossroads for our Union, our leaders finally champion young people, writes Johana Nyman.
Future EU 12-09-2016

Will Europe’s year debut be a success?

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, starting with Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
Brexit 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.
Brexit 05-07-2016

Everything you need to know about Article 50

Most people will have never read a single article of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) before they stumbled recently across the much reported on Article 50. Here is Andrew Duff’s comprehensive guide to the many aspects of Article 50.

Health 07-04-2016

The rising wave of privatisation damages healthcare in Europe

The austerity policies pursued in several European countries in the wake of the EU fiscal crisis are pushing the public health sector to the brink – and forcing more and more services into private hands, writes Jan Willem Goudriaan on World Health Day (7 April).
Security 10-03-2016

Counter-terrorism should not be a synonym for human rights abuse

As the world continues the fight against terrorism, the powers-that-be have to include civil society in their decision-making process, so that efficient and fair policies can be formulated, writes Claire Fernandez.
Energy 26-01-2016

Misuse of EU funds holds back Europe’s clean energy transition

The new member states from Central Europe misuse the EU funding aimed at decarbonizing their energy systems, writes Markus Trilling, who takes stock of a report published today (26 January).
Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski
Central Europe 14-01-2016

The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

The governments of the countries in Central Europe feel less and less loyal to the European Union, writes John Loyd.
Central Europe 24-11-2015

What’s the Visegrad Four for?

With the new right-wing government in Poland, the V4 may be perceived as a new ‘nay’ club in the EU. However, research shows that that the Visegrad Group, composed of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, should prioritise its relations with Germany, writes Vít Dostál.
Languages & Culture 18-09-2015

An appeal from Central Europe on the refugee crisis

Unlike the former colonial powers, Central European states have little experience of co-existing with people of different cultures. But in refusing to help, they undermine the solidarity that other nations have shown towards them, write politicians, artists and intellectuals from Central Europe.

How can refugees be distributed fairly among EU member states?

Solon Ardittis asks where the proposed migrant relocation quotas come from, on what basis they are calculated, and why so many member states are reluctant to accept them.

Fighting school segregation in Europe

All member states align their anti-discrimination legislation with the EU Race Equality Directive. However, local and central institutions do not consistently enforce it, argue Margareta Matache and Arlen Fuller.

Roma integration: The EU has a role to play

On International Roma Day, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe, writes Shannon Pfohman. 
Global Europe 23-10-2014

EU climate package cannot be held hostage by shortsighted solutions

It is not possible for Western European countries to consider Central and Eastern Europeans on the same level of development, like it is not possible for them to reconsider common minimum targets on reduction of emissions, energy efficiency and the energy mix share of renewables, writes Floris Faber.
EU Elections 2014 30-05-2014

Why the European election turnout in Slovakia was so low

The EU election campaign was politically and ideologically shallow, with most of the parties deploying only general massages, so people did not see any point in going out to vote, writes Radvan Geist.

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