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Latest update : 2018-05-28

Slovakia rocked by murder of investigative journalist

In 2018, Hungary and Slovakia have both been under scrutiny over their behaviour as European member states. Both countries are facing European sanctions for refusing to participate in an EU quota system for re-distributing asylum seekers around the bloc. Slovakia has gone from a forgotten EU member state to front-page news after the murder of an investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, who had been investigating links between the Italian mafia and individuals close to the former prime minister.

In part two of our programme, we're in Bratislava to explore some of the biggest recent issues in Slovakia. We meet 19-year-old protest organiser Karolina Farska, who’s helped galvanise the biggest public demonstrations Slovakia has seen since the fall of Communism in 1989, this after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. We ask European Parliament members Ivan Stefanec, Jozsef Nagy and Branislav Skripek what they as public officials plan to do to respond to the public outcry. Our reporters also speak to colleagues of Jan Kuciak to hear why they fear for media freedom in Slovakia; and we investigate a feared brain-drain of young Slovaks as this young country seeks its place in the EU of 2018.

Click here to watch part one of the programme, on Hungary.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2018-05-26 Hungary

Hungary under Viktor Orban

The River Danube isn’t the only thing that links Hungary and Slovakia. Both countries share a common history – as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, as members of the Cold-War...

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2018-03-03 Cyprus

Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (part 2)

Barbed wire, checkpoints, abandoned buildings and military bases: all of these are common sights in Cyprus - a country that remains split in two, 44 years after the Turkish...

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2018-03-03 Cyprus

Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (part 1)

Barbed wire, checkpoints, abandoned buildings and military bases: all of these are common sights in Cyprus - a country that remains split in two, 44 years after the Turkish...

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2017-12-22 Spain

To split or not to split? Where next for Spain and Catalonia? (Part 1)

It's the land of Dali, Gaudi, Pep Guardiola, tourism, industries, mountains, sea ports - and most recently, also very vocal and emotional separatist sentiment. Catalonia's...

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