Kukan: EU should back Denmark more vigorously in cartoon crisis

Slovak Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan said the European Union has not expressed strong enough support for Denmark in the global controversy over cartoons published by a Danish paper and caricaturing the prophet Mohammed.

Kukan intends to support his Czech colleague, Cyril Svoboda, in urging Europe to adopt a joint stance on the cartoons, the SME daily wrote.

According to Kukan, Europe should unite behind the view that a free press is key to democratic societies. He said that the violence that followed the publishing of the cartoons was inappropriate.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, said that Denmark was traditionally a tolerant country, and that freedom of expression was one of the basic values of Europe and should not be compromised.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

EC President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovak PM Eduard Heger during a press conference in Bratislava when announcing that EC approved the Slovak recovery plan.

EC approves Slovakia’s recovery plan

EC President Ursula von der Leyen said the plan meets criteria and is also ambitious.


16 h

News digest: Delta variant changes conditions for travelling

Vaccinated people will enjoy more freedoms when crossing borders. Registration for Johnson&Johnson vaccine launched. Slovakia’s recovery plan approved.


16 h
Marian Kočner in Supreme Court during the appellate proceeding in the Kuciak murder trial.

A retrial of the Kuciak case could sway people’s trust in the justice system

Slovakia breathes a collective sigh of relief as Kočner is stripped of his not-guilty verdict – for now.


19 h
Illustrative stock photo

Extremely hot weather continues, storms expected

Hydrometeorologists have issued several warnings for the coming days.


23 h