EU fines Google 1.49 billion Euros for advertising monopoly

The European Commission imposed a EUR 1.49 billion (US$1.7 bln) fine for Google abusing its monopoly on online advertising. This brings the total EU fines against the company to EUR 8.2 billion in the last two years.
Migration

Another Czech driver detained in France because of migrant

Another Czech truck driver found himself in French custody for suspicion of smuggling. Now he is free, but he will be investigated. The police patrol had discovered a stowaway in his car. Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) and MEP Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU-ČSL) intervened in the case.
Brexit

Babiš criticizes EU over Brexit

Czech PM Babiš has criticized the European Commission because it failed to explain to the member countries what the Brexit deal was. Babiš, along with other V4 PMs, plan to meet European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström to get an explanation of Brexit.
Commentary ‘Timmermansation’ of law

Date of ECJ verdict on Polish judicial reform no accident, says Waszczykowski

The ECJ has set May 23rd, just three days before the EP elections in Poland, as the day on which it will announce its verdict on the rule of law action brought to it by the European Commission. The former Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski sees this as deliberate meddling in the electoral process by the European judiciary.
Commentary Fidesz suspension

EPP punishment of Orban is a compromise not afforded to Poland

The suspension of Fidesz maybe an unprecedented step in the history of the EPP but is still a compromise measure showing that Viktor Orban’s strategy of staying within the EPP has protected Hungary from the kinds of measures taken against Poland, writes Anna Słojewska.
Response to A2/AD

Think tank: Enhanced US presence key to combating Russia

The American Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) recommends that Poland should be the site for the permanent command of a division of the US army, rocket artillery and anti-aircraft defense, logistical support and that this would be an adequate response to Russia’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) strategy on NATO’s eastern flank.

Vodafone Hungary delivers aid to hurricane-hit Mozambique

Led by a Hungarian engineer, the Vodafone Foundation is delivering its Instant Network Emergency Response to hurricane-hit Mozambique.

Czechia happiest nation in Central and Eastern Europe

According to the United Nations' World Happiness Report 2019, Czechs are the happiest nation in the Central and Eastern European region, ranked 20th in the world, followed by Slovakia in 38th place.
Commentary

Today's EPP would exclude Helmut Kohl

Europe belongs to the Europeans. If a family party denies this, it is no longer worthy of the name "people's party". Helmut Kohl was aware of this, writes 888.hu columnist László Bertha.

Russia slams Poland over Putin snub on 80th anniversary of WWII

Russia’s foreign ministry has published a statement accusing Poland of falsifying the history of WWII and the post-war period. It’s a reaction to Putin not being invited to attend the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII in Poland this September.

Fidesz in self-imposed suspension as EPP sets up council of three wise men to review

The European People's Party (EPP) voted with a large majority to launch a review of Hungarian ruling conservative party Fidesz, which in turn has voluntarily suspended its membership for the duration.
Commentary EP Elections

Macron´s ideas for the European Parliament threatened by Brexit

Macron´s dreams about overtaking the European Parliament have been set back due to a postponed Brexit.
Vatican

Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies to visit the Pope

Radek Vondráček, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, plans a private meeting with the Pope on Friday March 22nd. The essence of the meeting is to discuss the relationship between the state and the church, said Vondráček.
Energetics

Zeman: Renewables have no future

"I’m not convinced that renewable energy resources have a future, they wouldn’t’ be so widely used if it weren’t for subsidies," said Czech President Miloš Zeman during his visit to the Karlovy Vary region.
Benefits

Czech government to increase pensions and parental support

The coalition of government parties have decided to increase pension and parental support from January 2020. The state budget will provide 11 billion CZK to cover this expenditure. This statement means a compromise between center-right ANO and ČSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party).

Poland joins NATO's Budapest medical excellence center

Hungarian-Polish military cooperation took another step forward as Poland joined NATO's medical excellence center in Hungary.
EP elections

Timmermans will support new “Spring” party in EP elections

Vice-President of the European Commission and the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ for the European Socialists Frans Timmermans has backed Gay activist and former local mayor Robert Biedroń’s newly formed “Spring“ party in the European elections. But Biedroń is playing hard to get, writes Radosław Korzycki.
Commentary

Barroso not the only one trading his honor for cash

Jose Manuel Barroso, the former EC President was always the first to criticize Viktor Orban when the Hungarian leader did something against the interests of international corporations and finance. Now he is working for Goldman Sachs, Ryszard Kapuściński points out.

Russia deploys bombers and missiles to Crimea in response to U.S. missile system in Romania

Russia will deploy Tu-22M3 strategic bombers and nuclear-capable short-range missiles to Crimea to offset the threat it says is posed by the ballistic missile defense system at the Deveselu Air Base in southern Romania.
Guinness Book of Records

Record breaking Polish overpass built in UAE

Polish company ViaCon has built a viaduct construction in the United Arab Emirates which has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Macron visit to Poland delayed

The visit to Poland by French President Emmanuel Macron is reported to have been delayed at the request of the Polish government. The government fears that Macron might lend support to the opposition during an election campaign, reports “Rzeczpospolita”.

Hungary opens trade mission in Jerusalem

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have opened Hungary's trade mission in Jerusalem.

MEP Atkinson asks Orbán to prevent Article 50 extension

Pro-Brexit British MEP Janice Atkinson wrote a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asking him to block the extension of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty so that Brexit can proceed according to the wish of the British voters.
Fort Trump

"Mix of permanent and rotational" US military presence welcomed by Poland

A mix of permanent and rotational US military presence in Poland has been welcomed by Poland’s National Security Advisor as it increases the US military presence in the country. In an interview with Demaskator24.pl, Paweł Soloch said the move will not cause conflicts with other European NATO states.
The Pole is back!

Clarkson applauds Kubica comeback

Jeremy Clarkson has expressed admiration for the courage and perseverance of Polish Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica for his comeback to top class motor racing. “He’s come back to racing and its wonderful,” Clarkson told sport.pl