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Ukraine Still Suffering, Death Toll Rises

Protests leading to the ousting of President Yanukovich, which kicked off the chain of events, photo: Maya Zakhovaiko

The conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to claim lives, cause damages and generate additional humanitarian needs. In May 2017, OHCHR recorded 76 civilian casualties (eight deaths, 68 injuries), which represents 8 per cent increase comparing to the previous month. Casualties caused by shelling tripled, with five people killed and 36 injured comparing to April, and [...]

Minister Lajčák Commends Selection of New UN Security-General

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak

Washington (5 October) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, following the announcement of the results of the UN Security Council decision that he heard when he got off the plane late Wednesday night in Washington, said: “First of all, I give my congratulations to Antonio Guterres, the most [...]

Avian Influenza Virus Detected in Migratory Birds in Russia

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FAO advises countries to be on the alert for possible spread of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus subtype 27 September 2016, Budapest, Hungary – FAO is advising countries to be on high alert for possible spread of a virus detected recently in wild birds at Lake Ubsu-Nur in the Tyva Republic of Russian Federation. In [...]

Slovakia Reinforces Border Checks While Hungary Shuts Border

Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station, 3 September 2015, photo by Mstyslav Chernov

As the flood of refugees into Europe shows no signs of stopping, with an estimated 500,000 already arrived, governments in Central Europe are taking matters into their own hands by closing down their borders as best they can, in an effort to slow the flow. While Hungary completes its 180-km long barbed-wire fence along its [...]

Tens of Immigrants (70) Suffocate in Truck Near Slovak Border

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As the immigration issue heats up in Europe, there are an increasing number of incidents pointing to the gravity of the situation, but a tragic story comes from near the Austrian-Slovak border in Parndorf, where Austrian police discovered the suffocated bodies of up to 50 immigrants (confirmed as 70)  in the back of a poultry [...]

PM Fico: Slovakia Will Accept 100 Refugees from EU’s 40,000

Prime Minister Robert Fico (c) Martin Domok - mdpix.sk

After all the fuss and claims made in the media, Prime Minister Robert Fico announced on Tuesday that Slovakia would be welcoming just 100 refugees from Syria, with them to be handpicked  and of the Christian faith. The whole issue of accepting refugees raised social tensions recently in Slovakia, after a far-right demonstration against immigrants, [...]

British ‘Schindler’ Sir Nicholas Winton Dies Aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton (c) Hynek Moravec

Sad news went around the world yesterday announcing the death of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, at the well-deserved age of 106 (19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015). Winton was  referred to also as the British ‘Schindler’, as he saved the lives of some 669 Czechoslovak children, in a true act of selfless bravery as [...]

Investment Plan for Europe: Slovakia to Contribute €400M

Bratislava Castle (c) The Daily.SK

This week Slovakia announced that it will contribute €400 million to projects benefiting from finance by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), at the heart of the €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe. Slovakia is the seventh country to contribute to the Plan, even before the EFSI becomes operational, after Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg [...]

Slovakia Signs Up to Strategic Eastring Gas Pipeline Project

Essential pipelines (c) Jarle Vines

Four East European countries, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, signed a Joint Declaration during a summit of EU leaders in the Latvia’s capital, proposing the construction of either a 832-kilometer long pipeline running across Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, or its larger 1274-kilometer long version, which should reach Bulgaria, too. “The Parties to this document hereby declare their support for the [...]

Slovakia Still Lagging in Integration of Migrants

Slovak parliament (c) The Daily.SK

The latest study MIPEX 2015 was released in Slovakia last week, via the MIPEX partner in Slovakia, the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), showing how Slovakia is neglecting the integration of immigrants. To mark the release, a specific press conference was given together with an open public forum to discuss the kind of problems facing [...]

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