INTERVIEW: Michal Simecka, Progressive Slovakia leader

Robert Anderson in Bratislava, Albin Sybera in Bratislava September 24, 2023

Liberal leader says populist rival Robert Fico would become Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban's partner in pushing Russian interests inside the EU.

PROFILE: Michal Simecka, leader of Progressive Slovakia

Robert Anderson in Bratislava September 22, 2023

There is a real hope that a late surge of support from the estimated one quarter of undecided voters could push Michal Simecka's Progressives into first place at the September 30 general election.

Slovakia, Romania and Poland move to settle grain dispute with Ukraine

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2023

Slovakia's and Romania’s farming ministers have agreed with Kyiv on a licensing system for trading in grains.

Slovak unemployment edges up to 4% in August

Albin Sybera September 21, 2023

Year-on-year, unemployment decreased by 0.53 percentage points.

Slovak inflation eased to 8.9% y/y in August

Albin Sybera September 18, 2023

Prices stabilise, remaining unchanged month-on-month.

Poland bans import of Ukrainian grain after EU-wide embargo expires

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 18, 2023

Ukraine has vowed to pursue legal action at the World Trade Organisation if any EU member states institute their own embargoes.

Poland gives EU “ultimatum” on Ukrainian grain imports

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 13, 2023

Kyiv has said that it will take legal action against those EU member states that impose national bans against EU-wide trade rules.

Sending Soviet tanks into Hungary and Czechoslovakia was a mistake, says Putin

Tamas Csonka in Budapest September 13, 2023

"It is not right to do anything in foreign policy that harms the interests of other peoples," says Russian dictator who has fought a vicious war against Ukraine that is already being investigated for war crimes.

Czech oil imports from Russia rose to a decade high in 1H23

Albin Sybera September 11, 2023

Share of Russian crude oil imports into Czechia is the highest since 2012 at 65%.

Only 11 countries are reducing emissions and all will miss Paris targets - Lancet

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2023

Green growth is not yet happening in any advanced economies – and high-income countries are not on track achieve enough emissions reduction without more far profound changes in consumption.

Putin slams door shut on any quick revival of Black Sea grain deal

bne IntelIiNews September 4, 2023

Meeting with Turkish counterpart Erdogan produces no tangible sign that Moscow is preparing to budge on allowing Ukrainian ships safe passage.

Three bidders shortlisted for Czech parcels delivery company Packeta

Albin Sybera August 30, 2023

Private equity firm Advent International, Czech financial group PPF, and Czech energy tycoon Daniel Kretinsky remain among the bidders.

Slovak refinery Slovnaft wants prolongation of exemption from Russian oil embargo

Albin Sybera August 30, 2023

The exemption for Slovnaft is in place until December due to Slovakia’s and Hungary’s high dependency on Russian crude.

Slovak unemployment stayed just below 4% in July

Albin Sybera August 21, 2023

Third month in a row when unemployment is below 4%.

Slovak president asks PM to summon Security Council after wave of arrests

Albin Sybera August 17, 2023

Intelligence Agency chief charged with involvement in a criminal ring.

Slovak GDP increased by 1.5% y/y in Q2

Albin Sybera August 16, 2023

After adjusting the figures to seasonal effects, GDP increased by 1.3% y-o-y and by 0.4% q-o-q.

Slovak inflation is in single digits after nearly a year and a half

Albin Sybera August 15, 2023

Inflation falls to 9.7% year-on-year in July.

Slovak industry is back in black figures with 3.6% growth y/y in June

Albin Sybera August 10, 2023

Figures boosted by 12.2% growth y-o-y in the manufacture of transport equipment from the country's dominant car industry.

Charges against Slovak ex-minister Kalinak dropped under controversial paragraph 363

Albin Sybera August 8, 2023

General prosecutor's office rejects police case in another blow to anti-corruption drive against former ruling party.

Net outflow of migrants from CEE slowing as life at home improves

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2023

Central and Eastern European economies have seen significant net migration outflows over the past few decades, but the trend has started to shift in the last five years as outflows have reduced considerably, Capital Economics reports.