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Feature Photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel met President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico and received an honorary title at Comenius University on October 20. 21 Oct 2014 More Feature Photos
Turmoil over Penta's bid for Petit Press AFTER weeks of negotiation, the Penta investment group is set to buy a 50-percent stock in the Petit Press publishing house, spurring resignations by editors at the daily newspaper Sme. 16 Oct 2014 More from Politics & Society
Draft budget sparks debate FREE trains for students and seniors or wages for scientists? Which is more important?Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government has made their choice as students and pensioners are set to travel for free, a decision that will cost the state budget about €13 million, a number similar to the sum by which the state is going to reduce the budget of Slovakia’s biggest scientific institution, the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) for 2015. The scientists are letting it be known they are none too happy with the decision. 20 Oct 2014 More from Business
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Investigative reporting still stands out DEEPLY researched investigative reports of great importance cannot be replaced by tweets or blogs, says Walt Bogdanich, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reports published in major American media outlets. Even when newsrooms find themselves in financial straits, they should not look at cutting back on investigative work, he adds. Bogdanich responded to the questions of The Slovak Spectator on investigative reporting, and also about the challenges of media ownership that Slovakia faces. He communicated via e-mail in advance of his own visit to Slovakia. 20 Oct 2014 More from Politics & Society
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Šefčovič to oversee Energy Union FOR SOME time it seemed that Slovak diplomat Maroš Šefčovič would oversee the transport and space portfolio in the European Commission, satisfying Slovakia’s voiced ambitions to get a strong economic department. Šefčovič is now however promoted to serve as EC vice president for the Energy Union, far surpassing expectations. 20 Oct 2014 More from Politics & Society
The worst publicity gimmick EDITORIAL SLOVAKIA has seen nearly as many stories of integrity as stories of corruption over the 25 years that have passed since the Velvet Revolution. The story of the Sme daily, which was founded in response to efforts by Vladimír Mečiar, the country’s notorious three-time prime minister, to silence the daily Smena, which was not coinciding with what Mečiar and his buddies envisioned for society, is one such story of integrity and the desire for freedom. 20 Oct 2014 More from Opinion
Koniec Slovak Word of the Week “LESS MIGHTY than the Russian KGB, less notorious than the East German Stasi, and less feared than the Romanian Securitate, Štátna Bezpečnosť (ŠtB) was nonetheless a cornerstone of communist Czechoslovakia,” read the opening line of the first Word of the Week column, written in March 2009. With one or two exceptions, you could find it in every issue since. Now comes the end (koniec) of it, at least in its current form. 17 Oct 2014 More from Opinion
Rail transport segment faces big changes Railway carriers will compete for customers starting in December TURBULENT times are coming to Slovak passenger rail transport as two private Czech companies, RegioJet and Leo Express, will enter the lucrative long-distance transport between Košice-Bratislava and Prague. The first clashes between RegioJet and state-run passenger carrier Železničná Spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK) have already occurred. 20 Oct 2014 More from Transport
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Dual education is making a comeback Spectator College A glossary of words as well as an exercise related to this article are also published online. 20 Oct 2014 More from Spectator College
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Countrywide Events Music, Theatre, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 20 Oct 2014 More from Culture & Society
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“The minimum wage is a holy thing for us.” PM Robert Fico defends the increase in minimum wage from €352 to €380 per month.