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Daniela Švecová becomes Supreme Court president

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Feature Photo Supreme Court Judge Daniela Švecová (centre) will succeed Štefan Harabin in one of the most powerful judicial positions in the country: the Supreme Court’s top chair. Švecová was elected by the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of Slovakia’s judiciary, on September 16 in a closely watched vote after 11 of the 15 voting members cast their ballots for her. 16 Sep 2014 More Feature Photos
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More than skiing Discover Košice Region with Košice Region Travel Guide . “It might be dangerous, but all these icefalls and ice flowers are unbelievable,” said Juraj Mezö about the winter hike on the Prielom Hornádu route in Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise). 17 Sep 2014 More from Regional News
Activists demolish part of Roma wall A SHORT-LIVED hole appeared in one of Slovakia’s roughly dozen so-called anti-Roma walls in mid-September, once again raising awareness among the Slovak public of the existence of these walls. 22 Sep 2014 More from Politics & Society
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Judiciary changes CRITICS of Štefan Harabin, who in the past five years held Slovakia’s most powerful judiciary seat, the dual post of the Supreme Court presidency and the chairmanship at the Judicial Council, were possibly relieved after a closely watched vote on September 16 elevated two women, Daniela Švecová and Jana Bajánková, to these posts. Political ethics watchdogs remain cautious, however, suggesting that only the actual performance of Švecová and Bajánková will show whether the country’s judiciary is now set for reform. 22 Sep 2014 More from Politics & Society
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No cut in number of holidays for now THANKS to the Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, Slovaks enjoyed a three-day weekend in mid-September, and there are six such holiday weekends on the calendar this year. Slovakia has the second highest number of holidays of all European Union countries, a fact that garners much criticism from employers. 22 Sep 2014 More from Business
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Gov't to spend millions on EU presidency TWELVE years into its European Union membership, Slovakia will for the first time preside over the EU Council in 2016. Taxpayers are now gradually learning just how much this will cost them.Slovakia will assume the presidency on June 1, 2016, to last over the second half of 2016. The presidency should cost taxpayers between €50-80 million, according to earlier estimates voiced by Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák. While the exact sum is unknown at this point, it is clear now that the government will spend about €15.6 million on the preparatory work over 2015. 22 Sep 2014 More from Politics & Society
Twilight of the Harabin era? EDITORIAL ŠTEFAN Harabin, who over the past five years occupied the country’s two most powerful judicial posts and thus significantly contributed to the current state of Slovakia’s judiciary, which itself suffers from an acute deficiency of public trust, is now out of the top judicial game, at least for the next five years. 22 Sep 2014 More from Opinion
Pandúr Slovak Word of the Week IN THE Hungarian Kingdom, a pandúr was an armed serf who carried out the wishes of his master. Today, the word is used to describe not only an armoured military transporter, but also a corruption scandal connected with the sale of the vehicle to the Czech defence department. 18 Sep 2014 More from Opinion
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Getting more electric cars on Slovakia's roads Improved charge station network could encourage people to drive electric cars ELECTRIC cars are quiet, fast, inexpensive to operate and environmentally friendly, yet only 70 of them are registered in Slovakia. Observers say this is mainly due to poor infrastructure, the cars’ high price tag and a lack of promotion. However, the new “interconnection” between western and eastern Slovakia completed in May, with 15 publicly accessible, fast charging stations, could help boost interest in electric cars. 22 Sep 2014 More from Industry
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News websites battle online user vitriol Spectator College A glossary of words as well as an exercise related to this article are also published online. 21 Sep 2014 More from Spectator College
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Countrywide Events Music, Theatre, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 22 Sep 2014 More from Culture & Society
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“I understand it as a writer’s work that will be shelved.” SaS MP Peter Osuský commenting on the draft amendment to parliament’s procedural rules to prevent the majority party from scrapping opposition MPs’ bills without their approval.