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Slovakia opposes EU resettlement

PM Fico cites threat of terrorism from new migrants.

Business

VAT, wages, pensions and more addressed

Economists would like to see more ‘investment’ measures.

Opinion

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. 

Politics & society

Worker dies of argon poisoning in Mochovce nuclear power plant

A WORKER involved in the construction of the third and fourth blocks of the Mochovce nuclear power plant in Nitra region died on May 28 after inhaling the gas argon, the TASR newswire learnt from the Cas.sk website.…

Culture & lifestyle

Countrywide events

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

Politics & society

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…

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…

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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…

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Opposition alleges "Bolshevik methods" on parliamentary committee

THE PARLIAMENTARY culture and media committee failed to discuss a recent government decision to ban communications with Denník N newspaper at its May 28 session. Smer legislators, who dominate the body, rejected if…

Most-Híd's chairman Béla Bugár

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.


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. 

President Andrej Kiska

Kiska vetoes minimum pension bill

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska on May 28 vetoed an amendment to the Social Insurance Act that introduces the minimum pension, citing what he called discrimination against savers in the capitalisation pillar of the pension…

Slovaks earn less than Czechs, more than Poles

THE AVERAGE net monthly salary of an employed Slovak was €665 last year, according to the European Union's statistics office Eurostat and the calculations of Poštová banka analysts.


Before you drink, make a toast.

4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia

Alcohol plays a significant role in the culture of Slovakia, from wine sampling in private cellars to knocking back shots on the morning after a wedding. Some of the local drinking customs, however, could leave you…

An iron cross commemorates the place where Róbert Remiáš died during a car explosion.

Remiáš betrayed

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

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…

Miroslav Lajčák (second Left) and Julia Bishop signing the agreement

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…

Prime Minister Robert Fico

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…


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.

The Lafranconi bridge

Italian count Lanfranconi tamed the Danube river in Bratislava

IT WAS Italian expert on waterworks, builder and inventor count Enea Grazioso Lanfranconi who designed the regulation of the Danube river not just to protect Bratislava from floods, but also to enable viable…

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.