Insight Central Europe News

01-08-2003

Israel has decided to resume full diplomatic relations with Austria. The announcement was made during a trip to Jerusalem by Austria's foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Israel withdrew its ambassador in 2000 after the far right Freedom Party joined a coalition government with the People's Party.

Security has been stepped up in Prague following anonymous threats to poison water supplies in the Czech capital. Police are said to have taken appropriate action, but no details have been released.

Poland's parliament has voted in favour of allowing an MP to be held in investigative custody - the first time since the fall of communism. The MP from the Democratic Left Alliance is being investigated on corruption charges. He denies any wrongdoing.

A unit of Slovak military engineers has left for Iraq to help in de-mining efforts. The Slovak troops will be under Polish command.

In Slovenia, about 500 firefighters have been fighting a large forest fire in the Slovenski Kras area, near the Italian border. Its largest such fire in a decade.

And Hungary's water polo team has clenched the world championship title. The reigning Olympic champions beat the Italian squad 11-9 in the World Championships final in Barcelona.