Freedom in Bratislava

By Fleur Withagen Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Slovaks care about their freedom and cherish this right with their hart. But how free is Slovakia and their press, especially after the murder on Ján Kuciak? On the Freedom Festival in Bratislava on Friday 24 May, I met Tomáš Kriššák, a 32-year-old project … Continue reading Freedom in Bratislava

Orbán’s FIDESZ remains the largest represented Hungarian party in the EP

Written by Chirine Aboussaad and Charisa Chotoe For many years now Hungarian politics is being led by Orbán’s FIDESZ party. When looking at the numbers, Budapest – the country’s only big city – voted in large numbers for DK, MSZP and Momentum. A majority of the votes for Orbán are coming from the country-side. “They only listen to radio stations and broadcasters owned by the regime.” … Continue reading Orbán’s FIDESZ remains the largest represented Hungarian party in the EP

Why Budapest is the place to study

By Maxim Etty & Dave Lantinga Cheap housing, a vibrant urban environment, different cultures, prominent buildings, underground bars and a roman history. All good reasons to pay a visit to Budapest for a couple days. The city also happens to be an attractive metropole for students, but why? Budapest offers a wide range of degrees with a welcoming student community. The city has one the … Continue reading Why Budapest is the place to study

“Reporting the truth is not a crime”

Written by Nina Büchs Croatian Journalists are facing an increasing number of lawsuits, as well as verbal and physical threats. But not just the government and several institutions are applying pressure to journalists. Also one of their own employer, such as HRT, the public Croatian broadcaster, is suing its own journalists, to stop critical reporting. Zagreb – Reporter have to think twice about working as a … Continue reading “Reporting the truth is not a crime”

“You can’t make a choice for another person”

Written by Chirine Aboussaad and Charisa Chotoe  ZAGREB, 25 May 2019 – On Saturday 25 May, Election Silence Day, Zagreb was one of three Croatian cities, alongside coastal cities Zadar and Split, to host ‘Hod Za Život’ which translates to Walk for Life; a pro-life march. It was the fourth time that Zagreb hosted the march during which thirteen pro-choice activists were arrested. Croatian cities Osijek … Continue reading “You can’t make a choice for another person”

Hailed as heroes, smeared as prostitutes – Press freedom in Slovakia still going strong

Written by Carl Edholm – Press freedom in Slovakia is declining, but the result from the European elections shows that it could still be alive and well within the country. As the last votes are counted. the initial result from the Slovakian EU-election, shows that the European-friendly coalition of “Progressive Slovakia” and “Together – Civic Democracy,” are the winners. 20 percent of the population voted … Continue reading Hailed as heroes, smeared as prostitutes – Press freedom in Slovakia still going strong

Slovakia is running empty on young educated people

Written by Malou van Kouwenhove Young people are leaving Slovakia. Many of those between the ages of 15 to 24 want to leave the country and at least half of them have no intention of returning to their home country. According to the register of health insurance companies, 300.000 thousand Slovakians have left their home country in the last 15 years. Almost half of those … Continue reading Slovakia is running empty on young educated people

Slovak student at the heart of European college ice hockey

Written by Kimberly Nicolaus           Talented European students with a passion for ice hockey often have to choose between competitive sport and tertiary education. Combining this used to be easier in the United States, but with the support of the European Union, there’s now an alternative for studying and playing top hockey in the heart of Europe. Crowded streets in Slovakia’s small capital Bratislava. While sightseeing, many … Continue reading Slovak student at the heart of European college ice hockey