Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Slovakia

For now, Slovakia sees NATO, not EU forces, Russian firewall

Slovakia favors the European Union’s collective military aspirations, but NATO has become even more important in guaranteeing the bloc’s security, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Ivan...

What happens when due diligence cannot or will not be applied?

When due diligence and a basic compliance process is not followed bad things happen. On October 21, 2021, an investigative journalist centre published a...

Is the EU learning any lessons from the pandemic?

The European Union - a powerful force for good or a self-serving bureaucratic oligarchy? Whatever your view, the EU is certainly a catalyst for...

Making sense of the Italy-UAE rift

Earlier this month the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered the withdrawal of all Italian aircraft and personnel from its Al Minhad Air Force Base...

Ex-Soviet bloc states urged to adopt modern technology, renewables

BRATISLAVA - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe like Slovakia, which were part of the Soviet bloc, have an opportunity to leap into modern...

Charged up EU takes on China in battery battle

BRATISLAVA - The European Union has attracted massive investment along the battery value chain, boosting its energy and raw materials independence, as the EU...

Ukraine’s chances to join NATO are slim to none, despite Zelensky’s claims

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict was once again back in the headlines in April when people across the world followed massive troop build-ups in and around...

Colonial Pipeline Darkside ransom hack shows nobody safe

The largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the US, the Colonial Pipeline, was shut down last week after a ransomware cyberattack. On...

In Afghanistan the Allies invested in the US’ security

After nearly twenty years of engagement in Afghanistan, the United States has now set in motion the process of pulling out all its forces...

The soft power of big business in a former Soviet republic

The increasing isolation of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s regime on the international stage raises important questions about the future of the country’s economy. As...

Check the Czechs

With the Czech Republic having the dubious honor of hosting the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the West versus Vladimir Putin's Russia...

Dialogue for mutual recognition will succeed when the EU joins the US in its Kosovo approach

After the snap parliamentary elections of February 14, Kosovo has a new government facing the EU's facilitated dialogue with Serbia for normalization of relations...

Slovakian health minister resigns over Sputnik V dispute

Slovakia's health minister Marek Krajci resigned on Thursday following pressure from the country’s four-party ruling coalition for the acquisition of the Russian-made vaccine, Reuters reported...

Half of Slovaks says they’re ready for Sputnik V

According to a survey conducted in February, Slovak citizen said they are ready to welcome Sputnik V with open arms.  That survey, carried out by...

EU backs high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat in Slovakia

Slovak plans to support the production of electricity from high-efficient cogeneration installations connected to district heating networks in Slovakia comply with EU aid rules,...

Troubled anniversary

The Visegrad 4 of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland has been a tremendous success. Together we joined the EU and NATO bringing...

Sefcovic hails milestone for EU Battery Alliance

A second Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research and innovation in the battery value chain complies with EU state aid...

Could Albania begin EU Enlargement talks soon?

While no decisions on EU Enlargement emerged from the European Council and Euro Summit meetings of December 10-11, the issue blocking further progress pertains...

EU energy future wants to wean off China’s raw materials

The European Union is as dependent on Asian countries, especially China, when it comes to batteries and raw materials for technologies of the future...

New Slovak government sworn in amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is a priority for the four-party coalition government that has taken office in Slovakia. The country has reported 137 cases of...

Slovakia's election winner to form 4-party coalition government

Ordinary People, the winning party in Slovakia’s parliamentary election said on Saturday that it has agreed to form a coalition government with three other...

13 Slovak judges arrested for links to man charged with journalist’s murder

Thirteen judges in Slovakia and five other people have been detained and charged with corruption and obstruction of justice in the slain journalist case,...

Anti-corruption opposition party wins Slovakia election

Slovakia’s center-right populist opposition claimed victory in the parliamentary election held on Sunday. The Ordinary People party’s victory ended the dominance of the scandal-tainted leftist...

Slovakia and Kazakhstan intensify bilateral cooperation

Slovakia’s President Zuzana Čaputová accepted credentials from the first Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Bratislava Roman Vassilenko, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said. Čaputová, noting the positive...

Slovak parliament rejects women’s rights treaty

Slovakia’s parliament has rejected an international treaty on women’s rights, known as the Istanbul Convention, that was first adopted in 2011 by the Council...

Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

Legal warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain over delays in turning anti-money laundering rules into national laws, the...

Soldier confesses to murdering Slovak journalist

Miroslav Marcek, one of the suspects in the 2018 murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his partner, Martina Kusnirova, admitted to the killing...

Hamburg highlights wind energy role in fighting climate change

HAMBURG – Cross-boarder electricity interconnections are vital for Europe to achieve its climate and energy goals and integrate more renewables into energy markets but...

EU urges Russia, Ukraine to resume trilateral gas talks

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said on May 23 that the time has come for another round of trilateral talks with Russia and...

ISIL’s cross-border oil smuggling days are over

BRATISLAVA – ISIL’s ability to smuggle oil across the Iraqi border and finance its jihadist activities from oil revenue has almost stopped, a German...

EU Clean Energy aims to reduce fossil fuels

STRASBOURG – The clean energy package that was discussed at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today will focus on renewables and modern technologies, European...

Slovak Presidency to promote Energy Union, low carbon emissions

ATHENS – Slovakia, which kicked off its six-month presidency of the European Union on July 1, will push for the implementation of the EU...

Discussion over Russian-German pipe turns political

The ongoing discussion about the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project is political, European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič...

Slovakia Wants EU To Block Russia’s Nord Stream 2

BRATISLAVA – Slovakia is against Nord Stream 2 and is appealing to the European Commission and EU Member States to block Moscow’s plans to...

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