Insight Central Europe News

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Polish prime minister celebrates Polish Independence Day visiting troops in Iraq

Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller has paid tribute to the first Polish soldier killed in action during an official visit to Iraq. He told Polish troops their mission was essential for the reconstruction of Iraq, despite being costly, painful and "not yet understood" by many people.

Austrian Railway workers strike to protest government reform plans

Staff at Austrian Federal Railways, the ÖBB, have been striking this week. The Rail Union is protesting against government plans to restructure the organisation and cut back employee privileges.

Spidla rules out state's involvement in bugging of Hojdar

Czech Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla has ruled out the possibility that any state body was involved in the bugging of the Social Democrat MP Josef Hojdar. A listening device was found in the MP's car on Monday.

Slovak parliament permits further privatisation of monopolies

The Slovak parliament has voted in favour of amending the privatisation law. The amendment eliminates earlier provisions that required that the state to keep a majority stake in key industries. The president still has to sign the bill.

Hungarian and Austrian border guards break up gangs that smuggled thousands into EU

Hungarian and Austrian border guards have broken up two gangs alleged to have smuggled thousands of illegal immigrants into the European Union over the past six years.

Polish, Slovenian presidents almost unanimous on EU constitution

Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek has been holding talks with his polish counterpart Aleksander Kwasniewski. The presidents said their countries hold an almost identical stand on the European constitution.