08-10-2004

In this week's Insight Central Europe: After being added to the countries black-listed by Islamic fundamentalists, should Hungary be worried about terrorist attack? There has been growing pressure on Poland to pull its troops out of Iraq; besides internal opposition to the country's involvement in the "coalition of the willing", strained relations with Germany and France, which opposed the invasion of Iraq, are also beginning to leave a mark on the Polish political scene. Slovenia's general elections: a shock defeat of Prime Minister Anton Rop and surprise victory for Janez Jansa's right-of-centre opposition Slovenian Democrats. Slovak teachers are paid the lowest salaries in Central Europe despite the new European Union Commissioner for Education being a fellow countryman. And, US presidential candidate John Kerry receives support from unlikely quarters - a little town in northern Bohemia.

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