Does Bucharest Nine matter?

Meeting of Bucharest Nine (Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria) takes place in Kosice, Slovakia, representatives of nine countries but also NATO SecGen Jens Stoltenberg join this meeting. What kind of added value, if any, could such format bring into the debate about European security and defense? Read few comments.
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Pompeo in (central) Europe: What is his message?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Europe, also Hungary, Slovakia and Polland. Read few comments. Continue reading

Merkel meets V4 in Bratislava: What does it mean?

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Germany’s Chacellor Angela Merkel meets V4 in Bratislava. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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What does Czechoslovakia mean for the West?

Do you think there is some message of Czechoslovakia that was established in 1918 that still resonates in the West, means beyond Czech and Slovak Republic? Read few comments. (Of course, we just witnessed some high profile Western visits in the region, and every Embassy is celebrating 100 years of Czechoslovakia and 25 years of diplomatic relations with Czechia and Slovakia).

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Brexit: British diplomacy’s charm offensive?

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson just visited Slovakia. He arrives only few days after PM May’s speech in Florence. What do you think is the main aim of British diplomacy after the speech and do you think that speech brought some clarity into the negotiations? Read few comments.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with State Secretary Ivan Korcok. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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Slovakia and Hungary lost the case against refugee quotas. What does it mean?

As probably expected Slovakia and Hungary lost the challenge against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation. What is your view on the verdict and maybe if there are some legal instruments how to push Slovakia and Hungary to accept this and to take asylum seekers. Read few comments.

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It is not just consolation prize for Slovakia’s FM Miroslav Lajcak

Slovakia’s FM Miroslav Lajcak was just elected President of the UN General Assembly. What is the most important President’s role, what he can do and what he cannot do inside the organization? And Lajcak’s wanted to be SeGen, is being the President of UN General Assembly a bit of a consolation prize or do you find this really important? Read few comments.

Slovakia’s FM Miroslav Lajcak. Credit http://www.mzv.sk

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Brexit: What does Britain want from the CEE and vice versa?

UK Minister for Brexit David Davis is just visiting Slovakia. How important is the CEE region for British government in upcoming Brexit negotiations? And what about the CEE, which is not the homogeneous group, but still what would you say CEE expect from Brexit? Read few comments.

Secretary of State for exiting the EU David Davis (L) and Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak. Credit: www.mzv.sk

Secretary of State for exiting the EU David Davis (L) and Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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Migration crisis in 2016: Some steps have been taken, but…

EU has border guards, is moving with ETIAS system, migration compacts and Turkey deal (whatever we think about this) is still at place. How would you assess the last six months of management and solving of migration crisis from the EU maybe also taking into account that Slovakia just had rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU (and for better or worse my country was also somehow in the spotlight of migration crisis)? Read few comments.

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Slovakia’s EU Presidency didn’t overplay its hand

As we approach the end of the Presidency, this time I would would like to ask you for your view on the last six months. How do you perceive Slovak EU Presidency, what positives and negatives would you underline? Read few comments.

Logo of Slovak Council of the EU Presidency. Credit: www.mzv.sk

Logo of Slovak Council of the EU Presidency. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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