On Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia and gas

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March 29, 2004: Seven new members joined NATO. What it means for them after a decade

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A decade in NATO for Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia

Seven new members joined NATO on March 29, 2004.

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In ECFR’s European foreign policy scorecard the best grade for the EU is B-

How much should the EU be satisfied or unsatisfied with this. And Slovakia is a leader in 4 categories and in overall the ECFR is saying that the Slovakian performance was significantly better than in previous years . So would you say that Slovakia really deserves this accolade or you see also some weak points regarding Slovak foreign policy? Read few comments.

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Czech President Zeman’s growing clout over the country’s foreign policy?

According to media reports Livia Klausova will become the Czech Ambassador to Slovakia after all. But how important is the Czech Amb. to Slovakia, anyway. Ordinary people may argue that without any real issues between Czech and Slovak Rep. it basically does not matter who is the Czech Amb. to Slovakia and vice versa. Would you agree or not, and why? Is Klausova up to this job, in your opinion? Read few comments.

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What’s next for post-2014 Afghanistan

After it was announced that Slovak soldier was killed in Afghanistan Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak said that Slovakia wanna stay in Afg and will stay also after 2014. But on the other hand NY Times reports  the U.S. considers faster pullout in Afghanistan perhaps even zero option after 2014. It is still a speculation, but what would be your prediction on post 2014 operation of NATO in Afg and what kind of debate between allies do you expect on this? Read few comments.

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Also Slovak climbers were killed in Taliban’s attack in Pakistan

The terrorist group(s) who is responsible for the attack said that it was a response on American drone strikes and they will continue attacking foreigners because also the world is responsible for the drone attacks. How does this explanation resonate with Pakistani public as drone attacks are deeply unpopular? Read few comments.

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Vatican has removed a popular Slovak archbishop Robert Bezak from his office

Bezak was told that he can not speak to media. He said he doesn’t know a reason for the decision as Vatican has refused to tell him.

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Vaclav Havel vs the world

President Barack Obama said Havel’s word echo through the ages. Really?

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How inappropriate is the wiretapping of journalists in the democracy?

As Some Slovak journalist had been allegedly wiretapped by the Military Defense Intelligence I have asked few experts when it could be justified.

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