Dangerous Divides

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was in a “stable” condition but “not out of the woods yet”, officials said late Thursday, after an assassination attempt that shocked the nation and prompted concerns about divisions in the country, following officials’ remarks that the attack was politically...

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Up for Grabs

Thousands of Slovaks took to the streets of their capital of Bratislava recently to protest the pro-Russian stance of Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Smer-SD political party. As Reuters reported, Fico has been critical of European military aid to Ukraine, while seeking to improve...

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Staying In Line

Thousands of Slovaks protested in the country’s capital this week to show support for Ukraine and denounce the government’s foreign policy shift that critics say has veered too close to Russia, Reuters reported. Around 5,000 people took to the streets of Bratislava on Tuesday, chanting slogans...

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Brace, Brace

The pro-Russian party, Direction – Slovak Social Democracy (SMER-SSD, or Smer), won Slovakia’s parliamentary elections over the weekend, a victory that could pose a challenge to NATO and European Union unity over Ukraine, CNN reported. Results showed that the populist left-wing party led the polls with...

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Fickle Friend

Since the invasion of Ukraine last year, Russia has become diplomatically isolated from the West – but not everywhere in Europe. Russophobes, in fact, are sounding alarms about the candidacy of Roberto Fico in Slovakia’s general election on Sept. 30. “We are a peaceful country,” said...

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The Teflon Man

A Slovak court acquitted a businessman accused of orchestrating the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in 2018, his second acquittal in the case and one that the victims’ families and press groups described as “shocking,” the Associated Press reported. The...

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Opening Doors

Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger stepped down this week after numerous ministers in his government resigned, a move that may likely deepen the political crisis in the country just months before an election that could see a pro-Russian party win, the Guardian reported. Heger handed his...

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