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MEP Richard Sulik on Trump, Migrant Crisis and Islam. What are Europe’s Challenges and how to tackle them?

25 November 2016 | by

Richard Sulik is a leader of Slovakia’s liberal party SaS (strana Sloboda a Solidarita). He is a former President of the country’s Parliament and since 2014 he has been elected a Member of the European Parliament. He is affiliated with and sits within the European Conservatives and Reformists faction. As leader of Slovakia’s opposition he […]

Slovakia’s EU Presidency: Brexit, divided Europe and an opportunity to restore the tarnished reputation

1 July 2016 | by

Today the Netherlands hands over the reins of the EU Council presidency to Slovakia. The challenges at hand could not be more consequential: the EU structures are being undermined by the popular revolt that has moved beyond symbolism and fringes of the society. The next six months will therefore be crucial in setting the tone […]

EU Autumn of Discontent: What awaits the V4?

3 September 2015 | by

As summer slowly winds down, European leaders – both in Brussels and national capitals – are going to be exposed to challenges which they had temporarily shelved aside to be solved at a later date. Some of these issues, notably the refugee crisis and the upcoming EU referendum in the UK, are of particular relevance […]

What lies behind Visegrad Four’s different positions towards Ukraine and Russia?

5 September 2014 | by

The current conflict over Ukraine has quickly escalated into a matter of geopolitical importance. Cornered by the events and pushed into assuming a position, the EU has officially responded to the situation by imposing sanctions against Russia in three waves. While the EU has so far largely managed to speak with one voice, this does […]

Conservative Socialism: the Curious Case of Slovakia’s Social Democratic Party

11 July 2014 | by

Our human nature is simple: once firmly convinced that something is true, it is difficult, even in light of evidence to change one’s opinion. That is because often the gap between us thinking something to be true and it actually being true is unbridgeable. Relying on ideological shortcuts, we all sometimes befall victim to myths. […]