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On March 15, 2012 Wenseclas Square in Prague became a gathering point for thousands of demonstrators against the coalition government and President Vaclav Klaus. Estimations as to the number of participants vary from 2,500 to 5,000 people. As The Prague Post writes protests were organized in various cities in the whole country under the name “Holešov Appeal”. According to the newspaper demands of the protesters include among others government’s resignation, halt of the church restitution,…

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As The Budapest Times writes the EU presented Hungary with ultimatum: either the coutry will prove to the EU that it has its budget under control until 22 June or it will lose a big share of development funds for 2013. In order to meet the EU deficit target (below 3% of GDP) further cuts on spending are necessary. They will most probably affect mainly subsidies for transport and medicines. More about financial situation of…

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As The Lithuania Tribune writes Lithuanian GDP increased more than expected in the last quarter of 2011. When it comes to investment data the growth reached 10% and growth of the export, even though slowed down, still exceeds growth of import. At the beginning of the year income of the central government exceeded its expenses. Additionally, in January there was growth of over 16% in the retail sector. Newspaper points out “decreasing unemployment, lower inflation…

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On Saturday March 10, 2012 Smer won parliamentary elections in Slovakia receiving 44.41% of votes. The Slovak Spectator publishes today official results, confirmed by the Central Electoral Commission (ÚVK). They are as follows: 1. Smer – 44.41% 2. The Christian Democrats – 8.82% 3. The Ordinary People and Independent Personalities – 8.55% 4. Most-Hid – 6.89% 5. SDKÚ – 6.09% 6. Freedom and Solidarity – 5.88% The Slovak National Party SNS received 4.55% and Hungarian…

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On March 9, 2012 Simeon Djankov, Bulgarian Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister announced that Bulgaria will repay its foreign debt using three sources of income. According to Sofia News Agency novinite.com these sources include “privatization of unnecessary State assets, short-term government securities, and mid-term 5 or 7-year Euro bonds in equal shares“. The proposal caused concerns expressed by Martin Dimitrov, member of the right-wing Blue Coalition. More about government’s proposal here.    

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According to The Budapest Times 15th March (national holiday in Hungary commemorating 1848 War of Independence) 2012 will be marked by two demonstrations held in Budapest. One is organized to protest against Viktor Orban’s policy under the title “Let’s wash away the shame”. On the same day supporters of Orban will gather on Kossuth tér for government-sponsored celebrations. On 15th March Budapest will also see a rally of extreme-right Jobbik. More information in The Budapest…

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Parliamentary elections in Slovakia will take place on March 10, 2012. According to the lates surveys presented by The Slovak Spectator seven politial parties have chances of crossing the 5% threshold. Smer is supported by 40% of the surveyed, the Christian Democratic Movememner (KDH) – 12% , (Most-Hid) – 7%, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) – 6% and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) – 6% and Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OL’aNO) and the…

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Liberalni Institute invites to “Restriction budget expenditures and strengthening of positive incentives in the education” (discussion forum) WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 , 2012 at 5 p. m. WHERE: in the conference hall of the Liberalni Institut, Spalena 51, Prague 1.