Insight Central Europe News

30-01-2004

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has come under fire for failing to win any assurances from U.S. President George Bush that his country will lift visa requirements for Poles. Kwasniewski meet with Bush in Washington on Tuesday, but the U.S president has so far only said the issue would be addressed.

A Czech Appeals court has upheld a three years suspended sentence for the published of a Czech translation of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Experts testified that the book could have influenced neo-Nazis active in the country. Publisher Michal Zitko says he'll appeal the verdict.

The Slovak Cabinet has nominated Jan Figel, as the country's first EU commissioner. Figel, served as the country's chief negotiator with the EU from 1998 until last year, when Slovakia was formally invited to join.

A court in Vienna has found that police acted wrongfully during the arrest last summer of the Mauritanian-born man identified as Cheibani W. The man died in a Vienna park while being apprehended by police. The inquest into his death has been told that police behaviour in restraining him, pinning him to the ground, and verbally abusing him were against the law.

The funeral has been held for the Hungarian player Miklos Feher, who died last week during a game in Portugal. 24-year-old Feher collapsed while playing for his club side Benfica - The exact cause of his death is not yet known.

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