Slovak Prime Minister Róbert Fico departs for his first EU summit after his re-election. In parliament, he confirmed that Slovakia's position will be "zero military aid to Ukraine". With his partners in V4, which he wants to start "cementing", he wants to prepare a common approach to the debate on the EU's multiannual financial framework, which "must not affect cohesion and agriculture".

We must never give up our ambition to work normally with Russia, but it will not happen under Putin, says TOMÁŠ VALÁŠEK, vice-chairman of Progressive Slovakia, in an interview. He criticises parties that reject sanctions, saying they are a unique way to "deny Moscow the ability to kill Ukrainians and at some stage to hurt us as well". According to him, this is "a clearly legible security interest of Slovakia".

According to the latest Eurobarometer, the people of Slovakia consider the situation on the international scene to be the Union's biggest challenge. Less than half like the idea of enlarging the bloc. After Slovaks, no one in the EU has a more negative attitude towards the common migration policy.

Investing in the complex media literacy programmes for the public, specialized programmes for the media and non-journalists, political elites, but also for the law enforcement agencies is essential, according to Slovak and Czech experts. It could eventually strengthen the resilience of wider society in the fight against disinformation.