Politics & society

Court acquits cops in Roma abuse case

THE KOŠICE District Court declined to admit a video in which police officers at Košice-South station bullied and humiliated Roma boys in March 2009 as evidence and acquitted the police February 27. 

International

Slovaks view Russia as biggest potential threat

RUSSIA is the country that could pose the biggest threat to Slovakia and real Slovaks must speak Slovak according to a recent Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) survey released March 3, the TASR newswire reported.

International

Slovakia will pay €70 million for EU presidency

HUNDREDS of people will get a commemorative coin, a scarf and a tie at the events organised during Slovakia’s presidency over the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016.

Business

No risk of a gas crisis for Slovakia

The approaching end of the winter and remaining natural gas stocks mean Slovakia looks poised to finish this heating season without any major problems in spite of a renewed Russo-Ukrainian dispute over gas supplies.…

Sport

Žampa wins the giant slalom

SLOVAK skier Adam Žampa won the giant slalom of the European Cup in alpine skiing held in Jasná (Low Tatras) on March 3.

Business

Tesco might quit Slovakia

BRITISH retail chain Tesco is pondering quitting Slovakia after 19 years and selling 155 outlets, 18 filling stations and two big distribution stores, the Sme daily wrote.

Culture & lifestyle

Ruthenian resistors

The Ruthenian minority lives in the east and northeast Slovakia; their origin is not quite clear but it is known that these people arrived in several waves of migration between the 14th and 17th centurie s.

Opinion

Why we need the Energy Union

The Energy Union is an ambitious project, but done correctly it will set the EU’s energy policy for the foreseeable future and bring long term benefits to both businesses and citizens.

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Slovak extremists groups can produce rebels in Ukraine

THERE are several unofficial paramilitary groups running military trainings with non-lethal guns in Slovak forests and Martin Keprta, who used to take part in such exercises, now fights for pro-Russian separatists…

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Interior Ministry tables intelligence services reform bill

THE SLOVAK Intelligence Service (SIS) will see its name change to the Civilian Intelligence Office (UCS) according to a bill that the Interior Ministry has submitted for inter-ministerial comments, the TASR newswire…

Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis

Minister Pavlis tied to firm with millions in city contracts

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis was allegedly involved in a cleaning company called Inexsys which was cleaning the Staré mesto Bratislava district for around €8.3 million, the Sme daily reported on March 3.


Previous exercise at Lešť

Hundreds of foreign soldiers coming to Slovakia for training

SEVERAL hundred foreign soldiers – mainly from the United States, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Austria – are due to come to Slovakia for training in the first half of 2015 in a series of more than 30…

Slovak President Andrej Kiska (l) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (centre)

Kiska discusses conflict in Ukraine with NATO secretary general

THE CONFLICT in Ukraine was one of the topics Slovak President Andrej Kiska discussed during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on March 3.

Gas could flow via Eastring in late 2018

WITH THE background of Russian-Ukrainian talks in Brussels about possible gas flow cuts the Slovak cabinet will debate Eastring, a project of a new gas route connecting western Europe and the Balkans via Slovakia…


Mochovce

Finnish firm eyes Slovenské Elektrárne shares

FINNISH firm Fortum looks interested in acquiring a 66-percent stake in Slovenské Elektrárne (SE), the country's largest electricity producer. 

Slovakia gets paid for its bonds

FOR THE first time in its history, Slovakia saw its five-year bonds to be traded on the secondary markets with a negative yield. 

Peter Visolajský

Doctors threaten to quit Žilina hospital

FIFTEEN of 19 doctors of at the internal medicine department of Žilina Faculty Hospital have given their notices to the hospital pointing on lack of beds and bad hygiene conditions in the department, the SITA…


Organ player János Pálúr

Countrywide events

Tips for cultural, sport and social events between February 27 and March 8

Eskimo Weekend 2015

Snow Dogs 2015 enchanted Tatras

“ESKIMO Weekend” in the High Tatras, under the famous Lomnický štít peak attracted more than 15,000 people.

Valentine krne in Banská Štiavnica

Tradition of krne, krňačky, krnohe seems to return

SOME traditions, seemingly on decline, are now returning back in Slovakia – albeit in a modified way.


BLOG: Never too late to start with English

THIS term I got a new beginner – senior group, composed of ladies who are mostly retired and therefore have a lot of spare time for learning something new. We have just completed our fifth week together.

Ján Figeľ

KDH at 25? More a funeral than a celebration

Christian Democrats never found a way to wed pragmatism with inspiration. 

Global scandals are old news in Slovakia

Three recent international scandals highlight the need for Slovakia to retain individual intelligence capacity.


Slovan’s last match in KHL season looked like the finals

SLOVAN finished this year’s season, and probably its last performance, in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with a loss against Jokerit Helsinki. 

Adam Nemec

Slovak proves successful in New York soccer club

SLOVAK football (soccer) player Adam Nemec scored a goal in the last preparatory match of his new employer, FC New York City, against Charleston Battery within the Carolina Challenge Cup, with a final score of 3:0.

Velez-Zuzulová in the Maribor slalom World Cup event.

Zuzulová among winners in Slovenian World Cup event

SLOVAK skier Veronika Velez-Zuzulová ended up second in the February 22 slalom of the World Cup series in Maribor, Slovenia.