Towns and cities on the Elbe and Donau rivers in central Europe are partially underwater from recent flooding... and in many places the worse is to come.
Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have called for the EU's border management agency to be strengthened. The Visegrad Group has pushed for tough policies on irregular migration to the EU.
Prague has always been big on upping the Czech Republic’s nuclear power capacity, but less so on how to finance it. As Brussels looks on with dread, Moscow may be about to ferment more discord on the EU's eastern edges.
Hungary is set to vote on possible criminal penalties against individuals or groups accused of supporting illegal migrants. It's called the "Stop Soros" bill; Orban's government has accused the financier of many things.
A Slovakian journalist was murdered, and in Hungary and Poland media are coming under increasing pressure from the ruling Fidesz and PiS parties. But changes for the worse in the Czech Republic are less well known.
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