President Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was not as bad as some feared, because Trump did not appear to have made concessions on Ukraine, Poland’s prime minister said on Tuesday. Trump said nothing in public at this summit to criticise Russia over any of the issues – from Syria to Ukraine to the poisoning of a spy in England – that have brought relations between Moscow and the West to their lowest since the Cold War.
The friendly meeting was a notable contrast after a NATO summit last week at which Trump berated allies for failing to spend enough on defence, prompting Germany to say Europeans could no longer rely on the White House.
To read more details from speech that was held by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Trump-Putin meeting, click HERE
Slovakia has agreed a $1.9 billion deal to buy 14 U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Russian-made MiG-29s, its defence ministry said on Wednesday. Slovakia picked the new F-16s made by Lockheed Martin over Swedish Gripen jets produced by Saab, calling them more modern and more advanced, according to an analysis published before the decision.
NATO member Slovakia plans to spend about 6.5 billion euros by 2030 to modernise its military, and wants to reduce its reliance on Russian equipment, but has a maintenance contract with Russia for its 12 MiG-29s until autumn 2019.
On Thursday 28 and Friday 29 of June the leaders of the 28 Member States of the European Union met in Brussels for a summit to discuss in particular migration policy at a European scale. A summit that has brought some progress but which is not a decisive victory for anyone, even if the V4 can celebrate having imposed its themes and some of its solutions, as well as having overcome the domination of the immigrationist paradigm.
Once again, the European Union seems to be paralyzed. The leaders of the 28 EU Member States, however, all wanted to move the debate on the migration issue forward, and the discussions dragged on late into the night. The Hungarian Prime Minister represented the Visegrád countries during the V4-France meeting preceding the summit, in order to negotiate with Emmanuel Macron. The immigrationist governments, like those of the French Republic or Germany, have agreed to abandon the idea of mandatory quotas for all, which is already a great victory for Viktor Orbán and V4. For the strong man of Budapest, who announced on his arrival in Brussels his willingness to put an end to massive and uncontrolled immigration to Europe and initiate remigration, the summit can not however be seen as a total victory.
To read more about V4′s approach about migration, as well as about the summit itself, click HERE
The 2018-2019 Slovak V4 Presidency will continue with the implementation of priority initiatives within strategic objectives set during the previous Hungarian and Polish Presidency, while coordinating work with the following Czech Presidency, which will begin on this day next year. The priorities – Strong Europe, Secure Environment and Smart Solutions – of the Slovak Presidency will be centred around three basic principles:
promoting unity wherever it is possible – the Slovak Presidency will strive to achieve a consensus in matters jointly promoted in a better way at the European level
offering solutions where it is beneficial – the Slovak Presidency is interested in a mutual implementation of such projects that have a practical positive impact on citizens in V4 countries
respecting differences where it is necessary – the Slovak Presidency will seek consensus while fully respecting national interests
To learn more about the priorities of the Slovak Presidency, click HERE.
You can also download the PDF version of the entire Presidency programme HERE
Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Dynamic Visegrad for Europe. This is the motto under which Slovakia took over the rotating V4 presidency today. The three main priorities of the country’s first presidency since 2014-2015 are “Strong Europe”, “Secure Environment” and “Smart Solutions”, which will be described in more detail soon.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said leaders of the Visegrad Four countries of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will skip this weekend’s mini-summit on migration in Brussels. He said such meetings of state leaders should be organised by the European Council, the bloc’s top decision-making body, not the EU Commission. The Commission will organise the smaller summit ahead of a full EU summit next week, as an attempt to persuade other EU leaders to further curb immigration and restrict movement of asylum seekers within the European Union and help keep Merkel’s ruling coalition from crumbling at home.
Speaking after a meeting in Budapest on Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described Sunday’s meeting as “unacceptable”, adding: “We are not going to attend, they want to re-heat a proposal that we’ve already rejected.” His Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban said that the meeting was “against the normal customs of the EU” and that the appropriate forum was the EU leaders’ summit scheduled for next week. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also attended the meeting, adding his voice to calls for a tougher migration policy.
To read more about the stance of V4 leaders towards the summit, as well as about the summit itself, click HERE
Bilateral issues, as well as the most pressing problems of the EU, including the community’s future and energy security, were the main subjects of talks between Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Warsaw on Friday. “Friday’s visit by the head of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows that we are connected to the Germans by the relations of good partnership and also that Poland occupies a strong and important position in the process of building and reforming the European Union,” government spokesperson Joanna Kopcinska said after the meeting with Morawiecki.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its Twitter account that during the meeting the politicians had discussed the future of Europe and Polish-German co-operation as well as their common partnership with France and transatlantic relations. Poland is Heiko Maas’s second destination for a foreign visit. He visited France on Wednesday after being sworn in to office.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico on Friday said Central and Eastern European members of the EU were “not [the] black sheep” of the bloc “just because we have a different opinion” on migration. Fico was speaking at a press conference following a meeting of the Visegrad group — Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland — in Budapest. The meeting was also attended by Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki, new Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. They have all, to varying degrees, said no to the EU’s plans to distribute refugees across the bloc.
“I reject any criticism of us just because we have a different opinion about the [EU’s migration] quotas. We are not [the] black sheep,” Fico said through an interpreter, Reuters reported.
The official video from the Visegrad Youth Forum 2017 is now available on our YouTube channel! If you want to relive the entire VYF 2017experience, you can do so by watching a video showing the highlights of the sixth edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum. Enjoy!