After thousands marched in Bratislava last week to protest the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak, activists have planned
a second mass protest for March 9.
Kuciak had probed into the hiring of a former model and pageant contestant to be the assistant to Prime Minister Robert Fico. Several days after submitting his inquiry to the authorities, Kuciak was shot, along with his fiancée, in their home.
Thousands of demonstrators took the streets of Prague on March 5 to protest
the choice of former Communist secret police member Zdenek Ondracek to head the committee on police oversight. He is the first Communist to hold such a position since the collapse of Czechoslovakia's communist government.
This development comes in light of a possible coalition between embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis' ANO party and the Communist Party.
Babis has stated that he would support recalling Ondracek from his post.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated
on March 3 that gas supplies had been stabilized after Russian gas company Gazprom cut off deliveries to Ukraine. Ukraine has supplemented its supply by increasing reverse-flow deliveries from Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, as well as relying on its extensive gas storage infrastructure.
The sudden disruption, which led to energy rationing and the closing of schools, came after a court case awarded billions of dollars in damages to the Ukrainian company Naftogaz in a legal dispute with Gazprom.
Central European University, which had been threatened with closure after proposed legislation to that effect, has been reaccredited
by the Hungarian government for the next five years.
The university, founded in 1991 by controversial Hungarian-American activist and investor George Soros, has been caught up in the media and legal campaign levied against Soros by the government of Prime Minister Victor Orban.