In 2022, the Central European nation of Slovakia has supported Ukraine with more than €154m in military aid. This includes S-300 air defense system, Mi-series military helicopters, self-propelled howitzers, and Grad multiple-rocket launcher rockets as well as tracked infantry fighting BVP-1 vehicles. However, the public opinion is not as pro-Ukrainian as the country’s government.
The Visegrad Group is a cultural and political alliance of four Central European countries originally designed to further their integration to the EU. However, about a decade after joining the EU they began to sharply disagree with the EU establishment on many issues.
Over 150,000 people have already signed the petition to kick off a referendum on Slovakia’s withdrawal from NATO. The initiative has been launched by the opposition anti-NATO, anti-EU Kotleba – People's Party Our Slovakia. The petition needs 350 thousand signatures to start the process.
An EU summit without the UK prime minister on 16 September in Bratislava will kick off the discussions on the EU’s future. The summit is «informal», because the UK has not yet left the Union, but its prime minister is not invited. Slovakia, whose positions on Europe’s migration policies have diverged sharply from those of the Commission and western European powers, holds the EU’s rotating Council presidency…