Slovakia prefers the core of the EU to V4

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 16.8.2017 22:59

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico announced on 15 August that Slovakia should be a part of the so-called "EU core" led by Germany and France, and underplayed cooperation within the Visegrad Group (V4).

Although V4 cooperation is still important, according to Fico, the EU is the top priority for Slovakia, who wants to develop a higher level of cooperation with Germany and France, the countries determining further development of the EU. In addition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed in May to create a roadmap for deeper EU integration, which some Central and Eastern European countries are rather sceptical about. Another possible reason for Slovakia distancing itself from the V4 is the accusations against Hungary and Poland of deviations from principles of liberal democracy. In Poland's case, the concern is the adoption of a controversial reform of the justice system by the Parliament at the end of July, which, according to critics, virtually cancels the division of power and, in the case of Hungary, it is the Prime Minister's, Viktor Orban's, acute criticism of the EU for the quotas for redistribution of migrants.

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