IN SHORT

EU backs Slovakia against Hungary

A LETTER sent by European Commissioner for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen to Hungarian PM Peter Medgyessy criticised Budapest's controversial status law for being both discriminatory and interfering with the sovereignty of foreign countries.

In response, Hungarian Foreign Minister Lászlo Kovács abandoned defence of the law, saying: "We cannot allow these opinions to go unnoticed".

Following a statement from Verheugen that the status law was not in line with EU standards, Kovács also called the measure "slapdash" and "patchwork", and said it was a troublesome inheritance from the previous government of Viktor Orbán.

Verheugen's position is identical to that of Slovakia, which has refused to allow the law to apply to ethnic Hungarians living on its territory. The Hungarian parliament awaits an amended draft version of the law that would remove the greatest obstacles to its acceptance by regional neighbours.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

14 h
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

20 h
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan

Old-age pension scheme gains three new features

Brand new parental bonus raises concerns.

21. jan