Visegrad Four celebrate 20 years

Published on 16 February 2011 at 10:53


“You remind us of freedom”, headlinesSME, quoting a tribute by Angela Merkel to Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Guest of honour at a summit organised in Bratislava on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Visegrad Group, the German Chancellor said that the countries of the “V4” had succeeded in overthrowing dictatorships and establishing democracies, which could inspire other countries today. The only concrete results to emerge from this meeting, the Slovak daily notes, are an appeal to the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus to release all political prisoners and an “invitation to all present to come to the World Ice Hockey Championships” which will take place in Slovakia at the end of April. The Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová had announced that the summit would tackle the economic crisis.

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