Democracy Digest: V4 Dragged into Hungary’s EU Gay Rights Spat
For his part, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban argues the law "does not contain any discriminatory elements", because it is only designed to protect the rights of children, guarantee the rights of parents, and does not apply to the sexual orientation rights of those over 18 years of age. He branded the statement by von der Leyen as "shameful because it is based on untrue allegations".
Bulgaria and Czech Republic Probe into Arms Depots Blasts Together
Bulgaria and Czechia exchange information connected with the investigation of the blasts at the arms depot in Vrbetice to which the name of Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev has been linked.
Bulgaria among Seven EU Member States to Roll out First Digital Covid Certificates
The EU's Digital COVID Certificate reached another milestone on Tuesday (1 June) with the go-live of the technical system at the EU level, followed by seven member states that started rolling out their certificates.
ForMin Aurescu to attend informal meeting of EU foreign ministers
Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu is attending today an informal meeting of the European Union heads of diplomacy (Gymnich format) in Lisbon, Portugal, under the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council.
FMs of Slovenia, Austria, Czechia point to role of EU enlargement to W Balkans
Tirana – The foreign ministers of Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic, Anže Logar, Alexander Schallenberg and Jakub Kulhanek, stressed the role of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans as they met senior Albanian officials in Tirana on Sunday, a day after visiting neighbouring North Macedonia.
RSF calls on Slovenia, Czechia to preserve public media independence
Paris – The NGO Reporters without Borders (RSF) has urged authorities in Slovenia and the Czech Republic to stop exerting political pressure on public media, and to safeguard their independence in line with Council of Europe (CoE) recommendations from 2012.
Israeli – Palestinian Violent Clash Resounds in Entire Europe
The EU has so far been hesitant to show support for either side in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict for fear of jeopardising the peace process. EU foreign ministers will hold an extraordinary videoconference on Tuesday (18 May) in search of a common position.
Kellner’s Death: The Beginning of the End of an Era
Sources say it was a kidnap threat against his family during a deal in Russia that sent Kellner into hiding. Before that, his story was much easier to read.
Kellner began gathering his economic and political clout in much the same way as his peers across the region - using smart but often sharp practices during the transition to capitalism.
Poland’s Government Requests Czechia Stop Offering Abortions to Polish Women
About 60 demonstrators, mostly Poles living in the Czech Republic, joined a protest against an abortion ban law and to support women's rights in Poland, in Prague, Czech Republic, 18 January 2018. EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK
Media Freedom Deteriorated in Europe Amid Pandemic, Report Warns
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Reporters Without Borders, RSF, released its annual Press Freedom Index report on Tuesday with a warning that media freedom has deteriorated across the world during the coronavirus pandemic, with governments using the crisis to assert more control over the press.