Dhe Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is a political chameleon. Ideologically, the head of the “Direction – Slovak Social Democracy” party plays with sometimes nationalistic, sometimes left-wing tones. In terms of foreign policy, he led the country into the Schengen and Eurozones during previous administrations, which did not prevent him from later criticizing the EU as hostile to sovereignty.

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

After he took over the reins of government for the third time last fall, he particularly distanced himself from supporting Ukraine and criticized the neighboring country, which was invaded by Russia and which allegedly provoked the war itself. He accused Kiev of having ceded its own sovereignty to the USA and at the same time called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to hand over internationally recognized Ukrainian territory to Russia in exchange for peace.