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Government introduces Slovak music quota for radio

PRIVATE radio stations will have to broadcast at least 20 percent Slovak music starting next year, and at least 25 percent since 2017, according to an amendment to the law on broadcasting and re-transmission…

Politics & society

PKO facility to remain standing, for now

THE LONG-DISPUTED Park Kultúry and oddychu (PKO) cultural, social and education venue on the Danube embankment will not be demolished anytime soon,  after Bratislava city councillors refused on May 27 to abolish an…

International

Slovakia and Australia sign working holiday scheme for young people

SLOVAK Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák made an official visit to Australia where he singed Mutual Holiday Scheme agreement with Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in Canberra on…

International

Slovakia to take migrants, opposes resettlement scheme

THE EUROPEAN Commission has published a specific proposal for the resettlement of migrants, with an eye towards alleviating the burden of Greece and Italy, the two southern countries that have faced long-term influx…

Business

Bratislava region sixth richest in the EU, beating Vienna and Prague

IN 2013, the region surrounding the Slovak capital was the sixth richest in the European Union, trailing only places like London, Luxembourg, Brussels or Hamburg. Even Prague – ending ninth – and Vienna (12th) were…

Politics & society

Government approves third report on minority rights

THE GOVERNMENT Office (GO) in 2014 received no motion pointing to a suspicion of violation of the law on using the languages of national minorities, according to a report approved by the government on May 27.

Politics & society

Smer campaigns with packages

PRIME Minister Robert Fico promises a package with some “interesting surprises” in it to be presented to the Slovak public by the year’s end, and thus only months before the parliamentary elections, taking place in…

Opinion

Remiáš betrayed

Police refusal to investigate state-sanctioned killing is further proof that we are not all equal before the law.

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Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh

TWO young Slovak students, Martin Holický and Daniel Zvara, have succeeded in the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the largest international science competition of secondary school…

Suchodolinský

Suchodolinský says key witnesses were not interrogated in VSS case

FORMER deputy director of the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) Vladimír Suchodolinský, former VSS officer Ivan Macko and former Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko (SaS) will contact the prosecutor‘s office as they do…

SAV representatives demonstrate for autonomy

MORE THAN 100 people gathered at a protest rally organised by the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) at its premises in Bratislava’s Patrónka area on May 26, calling for the institution to be allowed to continue to…


New body shop of Volkswagen Slovakia.

Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop

THE OLDEST carmaker in Slovakia, a branch of the German Volkswagen, ceremonially launched operations in its new body shop on May 15. 

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Slovak firm CulCharge launches second crowd funding campaign

AFTER previous success with small charging cables, the Slovak company CulCharge has launched another crowd-funding campaign, this time to produce and sell a charger with own power source that works as a battery, the…

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Stats Office: Consumer atmosphere in Slovakia improved in April

THE CONSUMER sentiment in Slovakia improved in April, rising by 1.3 points to a negative index figure of 7.3 points, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) announced on May 26 based on a survey carried out on a sample of…


Foreigners cannot always make their way around without a Slovak speaker by their side.

Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava

Many foreigners will tell you that one of the biggest challenges when arriving in Bratislava is arranging for the variety of services needed to start your life in a new country, from renting an apartment, getting…

Yes supporters in Ireland referendum.

Same sex shift

PUBLIC opinion in the West has shifted in favour of same sex marriage faster than on any major issue of recent memory. 

The TSS team in 2010: from left,bottom row: Jana Liptáková, Beata Balogová, Ján Pallo, Zuzana Vilikovská; top row: Donald Spatz, Tatiana Štrauchová, Marta Fukasová, Michaela Terenzani, Roman Král, Martina Mišíková, Dáša Košútová, Beata Fojtíková, James Thomson

More independent thought and self-confidence for Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator has been covering the development of Slovakia for two decades now. On the occasion of the celebration of its 20th anniversary it surveyed its founder, head of the Petit Press publishing house as…


Slovak aid to Nepal remains grounded

THOUGH three weeks have passed since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the government is still struggling to transport six tons of humanitarian aid to the stricken country because Slovak airplanes are not able to…

Kathmandu after earthquake

Slovakia will send aid to Nepal with Czech airplane

AFTER MUCH delay, Slovakia will send its humanitarian aid to the earthquake-stricken Nepal on May 28, via a Czech airplane.

Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

Finance Minister: We want medium-sized Chinese companies

SLOVAKIA is pleased that Chinese companies are interested in pursuing projects and investments in the field of energy, engineering, transport and logistics, Parliamentary Speaker Peter Pellegrini stated on May 26…


Levoča altar renovated

Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour

MASTER Pavol was a world-renowned sculptor and carver; his altar in Levoča, the tallest Gothic altar in the world, has been reconstructed after almost three years of work.

Jazz Night 2014

Countrywide events

Tips for events between May 29 and June 7, including a day of armed forces, classical music events, a Lara Fabian concert, a car race, and more. 

The attraction of “broken arms”

IN 1914, the First World War began, but for Bratislava the year was important for another reason: the south-German painter Karl Hugo Frech moved in and stayed here until his death in 1945.


Miroslav Šatan as the world championship in the Czech Republic, looking into future

Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship

AFTER it hosted the IIHF World Championship in 2011, Slovakia will again organise this ice hockey event in 2019.

AS Trenčín, owned by former Ajax player, wins the national football league

A BIT surprisingly the football club AS Trenčín owned by the former professional footballer, Dutch Tscheu La Ling, has won the national league, breaking up the six-year dominance of Slovan and Žilina, the two…

Richard Lintner announcing his candidacy

Former player Lintner to run for hockey association presidency

FORMER long-time member of the Slovak ice-hockey national team Richard Lintner is to run for the Slovak Ice Hockey Association (SZĽH) presidency at the association’s congress next month.