Resentments Fester in Slovakia’s ‘Land of Nothing’

Some days Adrian Lachata ponders how life would have turned out if he had never left Svidnik.

The 32-year-old engineer would not have graduated from the most prestigious technical faculty in the Czech Republic, where he has lived for the past 11 years since moving from the industrial town in Slovakia's northeast where he grew up.

EU Election Ignites Extreme Passions in Slovakia

On an unusually brisk afternoon in May, European flags fluttered alongside anti-fascist banners in Bratislava's old town on the banks of the Danube.

Demonstrators were protesting a meeting of European far-right parties in the Slovak capital ahead of this month's EU elections.

"Freedom is more than a nation," one placard read. "Fascists, entry forbidden," said another.

‘It’s Up to Us’: Slovak Voters Wake Up to EU Elections

But it speaks also to the growth in popularity of right-wing populists, and an emerging battle for young voters.

'New trend'

Slovakia appeared to strike a powerful blow against the populist surge in Europe with the election in March of progressive political newcomer Zuzana Caputova as president.

PM Dancila: Romanian-Slovak trade exceed for first time, end-2018, the three-million-euro threshold

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, on an official visit to the Slovak Republic, welcomed the fact that the Romanian-Slovak trade has exceeded for the first time the three-billion-euro threshold at the end of 2018.

Prime Minister Borisov Seeks Support for Bulgarian Hauliers in the EP

Today, I wrote to the Prime Ministers of Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia and Croatia, as well as to the leaders of EPP parties from these countries, asking to support the efforts of Bulgarian MEPs to extend the time for debates and to work out more balanced and fair measures under the Mobility Package.

This is what Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wrote on Facebook.

Government Critic is a Favorite to Become Slovakia's New President

Liberal candidate Zuzana Caputova, who criticizes the current government's policy, wins the first round in the presidential election in Slovakia with a great lead. This shows the results after the counting of 99.88 per cent of the votes, the France press reported, quoted by BTA.

The eco-activist, who claims that citizens want change, wins 40.55 per cent of the votes.

UPDATE Iohannis: Brexit will reduce EU budget; slightly increased national allocations, right solution

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that UK's withdrawing from the European Union will bring about a diminution in the EU budget, showing that the right solution would be "slightly increased" national allocations.

The head of state welcomed visiting Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini on Tuesday.