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Slovakia plans to boost politicians' protection after assassination attempt on populist premier

Jun. 12, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government approved a package of measures on Wednesday meant to boost security for leading politicians and others following an assassination attempt on populist Prime Minister Robert Fico. The measures need approval by Parliament, where the...

Slovakia public broadcaster employees hold 3-hour walkout over government overhaul plans

Jun. 10, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Employees of Slovakia’s public radio and television broadcaster staged a three-hour walkout on Monday to protest a contentious overhaul of their services, a move that critics say would result in the government taking full control of the media. The...

Your time is up, Italy's hard-right leader tells EU center parties as she votes in European election

Jun. 08, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni joined voters in Italy and a half dozen European Union nations in casting a ballot during the penultimate day of European Union parliamentary elections on Saturday. The bloc’s premier hard-right politician threw down the gauntlet to the traditional...

Assault on Danish prime minister is the latest in a recent spate of attacks on European politicians

Jun. 08, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister was shot multiple times in an assassination attempt last month and still faces a long recovery. The Danish prime minister was assaulted by a man Friday evening in downtown Copenhagen. German politicians have faced a wave of physical and verbal...

Slovakia's Fico says he was targeted for Ukraine views, in first speech since assassination attempt

Jun. 06, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico said Wednesday he believes he was targeted for having a Ukraine position contrary to the European mainstream but bears no malice toward the gunman who seriously wounded him three weeks ago. The prerecorded...

Tests find AI tools readily create election lies from the voices of well-known political leaders

May. 31, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As high-stakes elections approach in the U.S. and European Union, publicly available artificial intelligence tools can be easily weaponized to churn out convincing election lies in the voices of leading political figures, a digital civil rights group said Friday. ...

Slovak prime minister who was shot in an assassination attempt is released from the hospital

May. 31, 2024 05:10 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s populist prime minister, Robert Fico, has been released from a hospital where he was treated after an assassination attempt. Miriam Lapunikova, the director of the hospital in the central city of Banska Bystrica, said on Friday that Fico was...

Politically motivated crimes in Germany reached their highest level in 2023 since tracking began

May. 21, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Politically motivated crime in Germany last year reached its highest level since the government started tracking it more than 20 years ago, with the greatest threat coming from people with far-right motivations, the country's top security official said Tuesday. ...

Slovak Parliament votes to condemn political violence after assassination attempt on prime minister

May. 21, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to condemn politically motivated violence following an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is recovering from multiple wounds from last week’s shooting, hospital officials said. ...

Condition of Slovakia's prime minister improves following an assassination attempt

May. 20, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak populist Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is improving following an assassination attempt last week that shocked the European Union nation deeply polarized over his policies. “After today’s consultation, the patient’s condition is...