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Slovakia: NATO Exit Idea Gains Momentum
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Slovakia: NATO Exit Idea Gains Momentum
May 21, 2017

Over 150,000 people have already signed the petition to kick off a referendum on Slovakia’s withdrawal from NATO. The initiative has been launched by the opposition anti-NATO, anti-EU Kotleba – People's Party Our Slovakia. The petition needs 350 thousand signatures to start the process.

EU Facing Risk of Collapse
September 7, 2016

An EU summit without the UK prime minister on 16 September in Bratislava will kick off the discussions on the EU’s future. The summit is «informal», because the UK has not yet left the Union, but its prime minister is not invited. Slovakia, whose positions on Europe’s migration policies have diverged sharply from those of the Commission and western European powers, holds the EU’s rotating Council presidency…

EU Facing Risk of Collapse
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Europe: Anti-Russian Sanctions Worthless
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Europe: Anti-Russian Sanctions Worthless
March 1, 2016

The voices in the EU calling for lifting the anti-Russian sanctions are getting increasingly louder. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a meeting of the Christian Democratic parliamentary group on February 16 that she would «rather today than tomorrow lift» the sanctions imposed on Russia. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico put it bluntly saying the sanctions against Russia are «nonsense». «The sooner they are removed, the better», he added…

Central Europe Rejects NATO
October 15, 2015

Tensions are running high in Central and Eastern Europe as the countries of the region review their place and role in the European Union and NATO. In the Czech Republic citizens sign a petition calling for withdrawal from the European Union. Over 50 thousand people have already signed the document with many others to follow.

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Who Is Betraying Eastern Europe?
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Who Is Betraying Eastern Europe?
September 25, 2015

The recent agreement between Russia and the European Union over the terms of the «winter package» of gas shipments to Ukraine provides a certain window of opportunity to the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. In this new environment they will be able to draft a wider range of projects for transporting Russian gas, to serve both their own needs as well as for further transit into the EU, and also coordinate those projects with each other, as well as with Moscow and Brussels…

EU Flags Trampled On
June 25, 2015

Bratislava witnessed unprecedented emotional protests hitting the streets on June 20. The Slovakian capital has enjoyed the fame of a quite city, actually one of the quietest in the European Union. Now the people want the EU to stop imposing its security concepts that run contrary to national interests. EU flags were trampled on against the background of clashes with police…

EU Flags Trampled On
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Serbia risks spending too long playing gas games
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Serbia risks spending too long playing gas games
June 4, 2015

The regional competition between Central and Eastern European states to receive and transport Russian gas is entering a new phase. The outcome of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s visit to Slovakia has shown that his country, along with Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, is determined to implement a major regional project that will link up with the infrastructure of the Turkish-Russian Turkish Stream project… The preliminary route of Turkish Stream agreed by Russia and Turkey involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic metres per year…

After Ukraine: Are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary Veering Off The NATO/EU Reservation?
December 17, 2014

Despite the firmness shown by the EU’sbiggest players when it comes to sanctioning Putin’s Russia, lower down the pecking order some member states are not happy. Unlike the most craven and obedient puppets — the Baltic States and Poland — it took some arm twisting to get the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to agree to punish Moscow for annexing Crimea. Each country is dependent for much of its energy on Russia with which there are also valued economic ties. Why rock the boat? Despite hyperbole claiming that Vladimir Putin was intent on taking them over and rebuilding the iron curtain, in reality, Russia has been an unproblematic neighbour for a quarter of a century.

After Ukraine: Are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary Veering Off The NATO/EU Reservation?
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