Slovakia's lawmakers on Thursday failed to pick any candidates for seats on the constitutional court, rendering the country's top judicial institution largely unworkable when the majority of current members steps down on Saturday.
Slovakia's ruling Smer party chief Robert Fico gave up a bid to lead the country's top court on Tuesday and warned a coalition partner the government could be in peril if it voted later with the opposition on appointing other judges.
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Hungary, Slovakia and Poland this week he wants to make up for a lack of U.S. engagement that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence in central Europe, administration officials say.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will voice concerns about the growing presence of China's Huawei Technologies in central Europe when he visits Hungary, Slovakia and Poland next week, a senior U.S. official said on Friday as Washington tries to bolster ties with a region it acknowledges it has neglected.
Slovakia declined to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state on Wednesday, joining Italy in breaking the coordinated action of European Union nations and the United States.
Fifteen candidates including an experienced diplomat backed by the ruling party and a political newcomer promising to fight corruption announced bids to become Slovakia's president by Thursday's deadline.
Slovakia does not consider Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei as a security threat and would need evidence the company's technology poses a risk before imposing any restrictions, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Wednesday.
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