Slovakia is a Central European country, bordering the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. Its capital and largest city is Bratislava.
Slovakia belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary for roughly 1,000 years. It formed part of Czechoslovakia after World War 1 until the Velvet Revolution ended communist rule there in 1989. Slovakia gained independence in 1993, and joined the EU in 2004. It is a member of the Eurozone and NATO. This page collates all of DW's content on Slovakia.
On today's programme: A call to relaunch and reform the European Union -Confusion in Catalonia over its political status - A defeat for the far-right in Slovakia - Would the Kremlin prefer to forget the Bolshevik Revolution? – And as more than 20,000 people gather here in Bonn for the 23rd annual UN climate conference, a special half hour focusing on environmental issues around Europe.
There was a minor political earthquake in Slovakia last weekend. Marian Kotleba, a far-right regional governor, was unceremoniously booted out of office. Meanwhile the party of the leftist prime minister Robert Fico had an equally terrible night, losing seats across the country. Rob Cameron reports on the significance of these regional elections.
The European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, upheld, on Wednesday, the EU's right to force member states to take in refugees. The ECJ dismissed Hungary and Slovakia's appeal that refugee quotas imposed on them were unfair and should be contested. So has this cemented the growing split between east and west in Europe? Max Hofmann is DW’s Brussels correspondent.
In Slovakia, the ruling populist Smer party continues to be popular among voters. But the neofascist Kotleba party is gaining ground. This is despite efforts by Smer and another nationalist party to steal its anti-immigration agenda. Critics say Prime Minister Robert Fico is re-defining the word populism by trying to appeal to the nationalist electorate. Julian Berner reports from Bratislava.
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Unlike other Central European leaders, Slovakia's prime minister Robert Fico is often seen rubbing shoulders with Vladimir Putin and has been reluctant to criticize Moscow's role in the Ukrainian conflict. And Slovakia has been busy cementing ties to Belarus, a country criticised for violations of democracy. Julian Berner has this report on Slovakia’s foreign policy offensive in Eastern Europe.
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