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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

What does Bratislava summit mean for the future of the EU?

What would be your take from Bratislava summit, any positive signs for the EU or not very much? Read few comments.

Bratislava Castle where 27 leaders of the EU’s Member States gathered. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Bratislava Castle where 27 leaders of the EU’s Member States gathered. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Continue reading

What should be discussed at Bratislava summit?

What should be discussed, and why, to move the EU forward? And BTW, in your opinion, is it even possible to move the EU forward (whatever it means)? It seems that security in various forms is one of the topics which may somehow bring EU members states together and will be prominently discussed also on the upcoming informal EU summit in Bratislava. Read few comments.

Welvome to Bratislava. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Welcome to Bratislava. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Continue reading

Bratislava summit: Security as the lowest common denominator for the EU?

It seems that security is one of the topics which may somehow bring EU members states together and will be prominently discussed also on upcoming informal EU summit in Bratislava. We even hear statements about European Army (but of course we have also NATO). But it also seems that EU states are pretty divided on many issues and security is something like the lowest common denominator. What is your opinion on this, can the EU in such atmosphere move the discussion about security into something concrete? Read few comments.

Bratislava Castle will be the main venue for negotiations between 27 leaders of the European Union's Member States. Credit: http://www.eu2016.sk/

Bratislava Castle will be the main venue for negotiations between 27 leaders of the European Union’s Member States. Credit: http://www.eu2016.sk/

Continue reading