Politics & society

Interior minister takes action against Harabin’s disputable verdict

INTERIOR Minister Robert Kaliňák will seek the dismissal of the disputable ruling issued by the Supreme Court panel led by Štefan Harabin with which he cast doubt on the Interior Ministry inspection.

Business

Opposition challenges minimum pensions

OPPOSITION parties have collected enough signatures from MPs to challenge the recently approved legislation on the minimum pension at the Constitutional Court.

Sport

Jasná is prepared for World Cup

ATLE Skaardal, top Norwegian skier visited Jasná in Slovakia, with the International Ski federation inspection, to find the ski resort well-prepared to the world competition.

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Cycling enthusiasts have the opportunity to take part in a professional race as more than 170 cyclists are escorted through the streets with a convoy of cars. 

International

Slovakia was not overly affected by Russia-targeted sanctions in 2014

DESPITE a load of statements made by Prime Minister Robert Fico criticising sanctions against Russia harming the Slovak economy, the country in fact was not significantly affected by sanctions last year.

Business

Government okayed support for flying car development

BRATISLAVA-based company AeroMobil R&D, which is engaged in the development of a flying car, will be granted investment assistance of nearly €6 million from state coffers towards research and development activities,…

Politics & society

Babiš wins over ÚPN, for good

ANDREJ Babiš did not consciously collaborate with the pre-1989 secret service. That is the final verdict in the case of the current Czech finance minister versus the Nation’s Memory Institute. 

Politics & society

Foreign organisations protest against police brutality

THE SLOVAK government has not paid much attention to the investigation into the June 19, 2013 police raid in Roma settlement Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou. Instead, the government is commenting on events before…

Business

Fico cancels meeting in Rome

PRIME Minister Robert Fico originally claimed to visit Italy in June to discuss the sale of the majority share in the Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) electricity producer with its majority owner, company Enel.

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Stop the Islamisatiopn of Europe protest, June 20

Protest against migrant quotas paralyses downtown Bratislava

A PUBLIC protest against the resettlement of migrants in Slovakia took place in Bratislava on June 20, shutting down traffic on the central Hodžovo Square, the main railway station and SNP Square and keeping dozens…

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Parliament greenlights measures to prevent segregation

SPECIAL educational needs due to disability will no longer be legally on par with special education based on a socially disadvantaged background, as parliament approved an amendment to the Education Act which also…

The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament.

Smer is the richest party

THE RICHEST parliamentary party in Slovakia is the ruling Smer, which owns property worth some €9.45 million.


High Representative of the European Union Klaus-Dieter Borchardt (r) together with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (l) and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ceremonially turned on the valve of the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline in September 2014.

Ukraine complains to EU over Eustream

SLOVAKIA enabled a so-called small reverse flow of natural gas east to Ukraine last September, but more recently Ukraine has turned to the European Union with a complaint that Slovakia refuses to use the spare…

MPs pass amendment to attract investors

SLOVAKIA’S competitiveness vis-à-vis surrounding countries in attracting new investments should rise as the parliament adopted an amendment to the Act on Investments of Significance on June 30. 

Systemair in Kalinkovo

Systemair expands in Kalinkovo

TEN months after the launch of a €10 million investment project that more than doubled Systemair’s production capacity in Slovakia the new premises were officially opened in Kalinkovo in mid June.


A fine white day

Parading fascists and indulgent PM beg question: who here is “out of touch with reality”?

The EU-agenda: “Events, dear boy, events”

WHEN asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, then UK Prime-Minister Harold McMillan famously (and reportedly) answered: “Events, dear boy, events”.

Disagreeable agreement

The Visegrad Four have faced criticism in recent years for a lack of unity, in particular over the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. But they appear firmly united on at least one matter – none of them like immigrants.…


Starbucks arrives in Slovakia

THE BIGGEST café network in the world, Starbucks, will open its first premises in Slovakia. 

Bratislava among popular stag destinations

BRATISLAVA belongs to the most popular stag destinations, according to British tourists. 

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

Lajčák: Weight of V4 grows in eyes of foreign partners

SLOVAKIA’S Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) presidency expires this month. In hindsight, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is convinced it was an extremely dynamic…


King Theodore in Venice

Countrywide events

Tips for events taking place in Slovakia between June 26 and July 5, including classical music, "chain" exhibition openings on two days, open.air performance of opera, a huge hip-hop festival, jazz onboard…

World Wide Knit in Public Day, Žilina

Slovakia joins in the World Wide Knit in Public Day

THE WORLD Wide Knit in Public Day has been celebrated in more than 50 countries in 2015, including Slovakia. On Saturday, June 13, hundreds of “public knitting” events took place, including in Žilina, Piešťany a…

Wall was the leitmotif and the visual symbol of Eurokontext 2015 festival.

Eurokontext dramas examine past horrors and hot topics

WHILE LAST year, the Eurokontext.sk festival offered drama, ballet and opera spread over almost one month, its June 2015 round comprised 13 performances – of drama only – within one week in the premises of the…


Protesters disrupt the cycling race, June 20, Bratislava.

Bratislava anti-migrant protest blocked bicycle race

THE PROTEST against the resettlement of migrants in Slovakia which took place in Bratislava on June 20 disrupted the Downhill World Tour Bratislava cycling race.

Slovakia placed 23rd in Baku

THE FIRST European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan ended on June 28 with the closing ceremony. 

Slovak ball hockey players are world masters

The Slovak representation defended gold by winning over the US team in overtime in Swiss Zug on June 28.