NEWS WATCH: Support for Balkans’ EU Membership Growing

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest hungminister1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The Visegrad Group of European Union Foreign Ministers have agreed to support Serbia and other western Balkan countries to become full fledged members of the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization, despite remaining nationalistic tensions in the region, even among officials. They made the decision at a special ministerial meeting in Budapest, Tuesday, October 6.

Officials Warn: Extremist Parties Threaten Eastern Europe’s Stability

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- About 1,000 people, many of them elderly Holocaust survivors, braved winter temperatures Saturday, February 13, to express concern about the rising far right groups in Hungary.

NEWS WATCH: Czechs, Slovaks Mark 20 Years of Bloodless Divorce

Listen to BosNewsLife News report via Voice of America CzechoslovakiaBosNewsLifeRadio By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife CZECHOSLOVAKIAPRAGUE/BRATISLAVA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Czechs and Slovaks have begun observing the 20th anniversary of the break up of Czechoslovakia into two independent states, amid concerns over economic differences.

NEWS WATCH: Slovakia’s Government Fighting For Survival (Special Feature)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Slovakia's three-party leftist governing coalition is fighting for survival in a parliamentary election Saturday as it is challenged in a tight race by the center-right opposition. The election campaign has been overshadowed by scandals, nationalism and tensions with neighboring Hungary.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic Marks ‘Velvet Revolution’ Anniversary Amid Political Turmoil

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_czechvelvetrevolutionhavel_17nov092PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people took to the streets of the Czech capital Prague on Tuesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the mass demonstrations that led to the collapse of communist rule in what was Czechoslovakia. But, the anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" has been overshadowed by concerns over political tensions in the Czech Republic.

EU Legislators Urge Pakistan To Halt Execution Of Christian Woman

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- European legislators have visited Pakistan amid concerns that Christian Asia Bibi, a married mother of five, may become the first woman to be executed by the State on controversial charges of 'blasphemy against Islam.'

Slovakia To Shelter Christian Refugees

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos Syrian refugees disembark from a Greek ferry after arriving in the port of Piraeus near AthensBRATISLAVA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Slovakia says it is giving asylum to a group of 149 Christians who live in Iraq and face extremism there. Their arrival in Slovakia comes amid mounting tensions between the European Union and Slovakia and several other Eastern European countries over a plan to divide refugees among member states.

NEWS WATCH: Slovakia Heading Towards Center Right Government

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Slovakia's president has requested Prime Minister Robert Fico to form a government, despite a center-right opposition coalition winning more seats in Saturday's parliamentary vote. President Ivan Gasparovic said Sunday, June 13, he would will give Fico the first chance to form a Cabinet, because his left-leaning party won the most votes.

Slovakia Priest Srholec, ‘Symbol’ Of Suffering Church, Dies At 86

By BosNewsLife News Center 2016_01_07_SRHOLEC_Anton BRATISLAVA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Slovak Roman Catholic priest Anton Srholec, who was jailed for his faith and became "a symbol" of suffering of the country's persecuted church under communism, has died, officials confirmed. He was 86.

NEWS WATCH: Austria, Germany, Visegrad Group Condemn Belarus Crackdown

By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The Austrian and German chancellors and prime ministers of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland have condemned the arrests of dissidents in Belarus and say they support a travel ban and freeze of assets of Belarus officials.

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