Business

Bailout for Váhostav-SK creditors sails through parliament

AMID a race to pass legislation that would come into effect before construction firm Váhostav-SK meets with creditors April 30, Prime Minister Robert Fico's government passed an overhaul to insolvency laws coupled…

Culture & lifestyle

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between April 24 and May 3, including  dance event, two coffee fests, jazz award gala, May Day celebration, teamsters' race and more.

Politics & society

Poll: Smer's popularity falling

IF a general election had been held in mid April, the governing Smer party would still win with 34.7 percent of the vote, but this is down slightly from the month before according to the latest opinion poll carried…

Business

Košice to have regular flights to Kiev starting in May

THE EASTERN-Slovak city of Košice will have a regular air connection to Kiev beginning mid-May operated Czech Air (ČSA).

Business

Funny stories not just on Fools’ Day

A client of a postal company who used to send bottles with honey wrapped in used clothes turned to the RÚ: the honey jar broke in the parcel and he asked the post to clean his clothes....

Politics & society

Pavlis resigns over cleaning tender

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Palis announced he was stepping down April 21, the same day the Sme daily reported about the success of his brother-in-law’s cleaning company in a public procurement.

International

Lajčák: No to mandatory migrant resettlement

SLOVAKIA is against any mandatory resettlement of refugees according to any European Union’s distribution formula, Foreign Mnister Miroslav Lajčák said during a parliamentary committee session April 22.

Opinion

A long strange trip continues

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Slovaks do not command English, survey shows

THE ABILITY of Slovaks to comprehend English is poor, which is related to the quality of English language teaching at schools. 

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Private companies might build prisons

OVERCROWDING in Slovak prisons is pushing policy makers to look for unusual solutions. 

Škoda Octavia inside

Man who fled in car with woman and baby inside, got three years conditionally

THE MAN identified as Peter R. who committed a curious crime last August has received a court sentence. In summer, he entered an unlocked Škoda Octavia car with a running engine and drove away.


PM Fico takes over Gabčíkovo

Italian Enel wants millions in compensation from Slovakia

SLOVENSKÉ Elektrárne (SE) electric power company is claiming more than €588 million as compensation for losing the rental and operation of Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant. 

NBS building, Bratislava

Slovak banks profited in 2014 despite higher operating costs

BANKING sector in Slovakia recorded 0.7 percent year-on-year profit increase of €560 million, the country’s central bank (NBS) reported in 2014 Report on Financial Market Development which was filed to the…

Váhostav has enjoyed many state orders.

Váhostav-SK to pay debts with shares

CONSTRUCTION company Váhostav-SK, currently undergoing restructuring, will exchange 49 percent of its shares to pay of debts to unsecured creditors – primarily small-sized firms and the self-employed.


Philip Kerr

BLOG: Philip Kerr: ‘There’s no ‘single’ way of learning language’

Philip Kerr, a Vienna-based teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer, the author of publications such as Straightforward and Inside Out and Translation and Own-Language Activities, is the first speaker at the…

Immigration realpolitik

Canada rolls out the welcome mat for economic migrants; refugees, not so much.  

Halušky offered to visitors of a festival.

Blog: The perfect bryndzové halušky in Bratislava

Food: one of my favorite topics. I have always enjoyed trying meals from all over the world, it can be surprising how your typical rice with chicken can be prepared in so many different ways and using spices you…


Slovakia has 10th strongest passport

SLOVAKIA’S passport placed 10th in the Passport Index list compiled by the Arton Capital consulting company. 

Canada may draw more Slovak emigres

CANADA loosened its immigration policy in January, which may cause more brain drain in Slovakia. In addition to programmers, scientists and other professionals that had already settled in Canada, more workers from…

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Fico: Alternative gas supply routes needed

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico is concerned by Russian gas giant Gazprom’s statement about ending gas supply transit through Ukraine to Europe and also by certain consequences stemming from the Ukraine crisis,…


One of the discussions with foreigners held during previous editions of [fjúžn].

Foreigners recite Slovak poem

AS PART of efforts to draw people to the April 23-30 Fjúžn festival a group of foreigners recited the Slovak poem ‘Mor Ho!’ (Crush Him!) in a video invitation. 

Calabration at Ján Hollý's monument in Dobrá Voda.

Dobrá Voda commemorated 230th anniversary of birth of cultural activist Ján Hollý

THE VILLAGE of Dobrá Voda in Trnava region has organised a programme for Sunday, April 12, to commemorate the 230th anniversary of Ján Hollý‘s birth, including the reopening of one of his favourite hiking trails.…

President Kiska met craftsmen in ÚĽUV

Kiska meets with masters of traditional art

SLOVAK President Andrej Kiska visited the the ÚĽUV centre of traditional arts and crafts in Bratislava where he met 80 laureates of the honorary title Master of Traditional Folk Art.


The Novák-Cangelosi match

Slovak Novák is European Champion in Thai boxing

SLOVAK Thai boxer Marko Novák won the European Championship of the WKU organisation on April 17 in Bratislava after he beat Italian Shan Cangelosi in the weight category up to 67 kilograms.

Jana Čepelová, Matej Lipták, Anna Karolína Schmiedlová and Daniela Hantuchová (from left) rejoice after beating Swedish tennis players.

Slovaks beat the Swedish

SLOVAK female tennis players confirmed the role of the favourite when they beat the Swedish players 4:0 during the World Group II playoff in Bratislava during the weekend. 

Čelko tower-running in Bratislava

Eighty runners participated in tower-running race in Banská Bystrica

BANSKÁ Bystrica’s tallest building, Europa Business Center, played host to the first round of the Slovak Tower-running Cup 2015 on April 11. Similar events have previously been held only in Bratislava and Žilina,…