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Drowning in wine since the 7th century BC Discover Bratislava with Bratislava City Guide . There’s a certain irony in the fact that Slovakia is considered among the so-called “new” wine-producing countries of the world. Winemaking in these parts has a proven history dating from the 6th–7th century BC. Yet the comparatively low awareness of Slovak wines abroad is largely owing to patterns of its consumption: almost none makes it beyond the keen wine-drinkers of Slovakia itself. It means that if you want to try Slovak wine – and you should –you’ll need to come here to do so. 6 Dec 2013 Jana Liptáková More from Regional News
Draft budget discussed BETTER than originally planned tax revenues are changing the budgetary mathematics even before the state budget law makes it through parliament. Legislators opened the discussion on December 5, which is expected to last for several days as the opposition loudly criticises the draft document. 5 Dec 2013 Jana Liptáková More from Business
Kultúra smrti Slovak Word of the Week “IF MAN stands up to God’s order, he introduces a culture of death (kultúra smrti)... The adherents of the culture of death come with a new ‘gender ideology’. In its name, they wish to introduce a so-called ‘gender equality’... They want to convince us that none of us exists by nature as man and woman, and they want to make the God-blessed union of man and woman equal with the union of two men or two women. That creates a sodomite blotch, which contradicts God’s will and brings about God’s wrath… The activists of ‘gender equality’ do not give up, but await an opportunity to control education through legislation and enforce this ‘sodomite ideology’ upon schools and pre-schools. Such education would not only strip the child of its decency, but would also perfectly cripple it morally and psychologically.” 5 Dec 2013 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Why did Kotleba happen? THE UNEXPECTED became reality when inhabitants of Banská Bystrica Region, in the heart of Slovakia, elected a far-right extremist to be their regional governor. 2 Dec 2013 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Parliament overrides pair of vetoes Collective bargaining, welfare laws will see major shift SLOVAKIA’S Smer-led parliament overrode presidential vetoes on a pair of laws giving extra muscle to unions and adding a work requirement for welfare recipients. 2 Dec 2013 Beata Balogová More from Business
Fico meets Obama at White House SLOVAKIA is ready to help with international efforts to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria, but it will not offer for those weapons to be dismantled on Slovak territory, Prime Minister Robert Fico told the press after his meeting with US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on November 21. 2 Dec 2013 Roman Cuprik More from Politics & Society
Did journalists help extremism? CAN THE media ignore extremists, especially when they get elected in democratic elections? Moreover, how should they depict an extremist – and should they depict him at all? 2 Dec 2013 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
The day after Editorial MARIAN Kotleba is like an unwanted guest who entered the house through the window that someone left open. Even if he has been around for a while with his racist and nationalist baggage, the residents have failed to show him the door even as his presence was incompatible with the house rules. Now as 71,000 people have asked him to stay and govern Banská Bystrica Region, no one can ignore him anymore. 28 Nov 2013 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
‘Truth is sometimes different than we think’ (video included) Full video of Putlizer Prize winner Abigail Goldman’s lecture in Bratislava How do today's journalists grapple with issues of truth? How does the changing nature of journalism impact the ethics of journalists? How do journalists shape news when page views are the measure of success for stories? 2 Dec 2013 More from Politics & Society
The wide and varied tastes of Bratislava Discover Bratislava with Bratislava City Guide . Although there are some varieties of wine that can be called typical to Bratislava, the same cannot necessarily be said about the city’s cuisine. But this is not cause for regret. Instead, because of Bratislava’s location close to borders and along significant ancient trade routes, food in the region displays influences from across Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria as well as more remote corners of the world. This remains true in modern times, when Bratislava has not escaped globalisation. Nowadays all the major fast food chains can be found here, as well as countless Italian, Greek, Chinese and Indian restaurants, and some high-end, swanky eateries too. 29 Nov 2013 Jana Liptáková More from Regional News
Bitcoin: New currency in Slovakia? The virtual currency bitcoin is accepted in some shops in Slovakia, but officials warn against it “BITCOIN accepted here”. This announcement about the option to pay with the virtual currency bitcoin can be found not only on the websites of several online Slovak shops, but also on the door of a fast-food outlet in Bratislava. Moreover, a bitcoin ATM is expected to be installed in downtown Bratislava. But Slovak officials warn against this virtual currency, pointing out that the bitcoin is unregulated and unstable, and that investors participate in this scheme at their own risk. 2 Dec 2013 Jana Liptáková More from Other
Hidden minority wants out of the closet Reporting on Diversity “WE ARE having our third anniversary on Friday,” said Andrej, 30, smiling, who lives with his partner Milan, 30. They spend holidays, family celebrations and take trips together like any other couple, but the law does not see it the same way. 28 Oct 2013 Kristína Hamarová More from Politics & Society
Pride march shows attitude shift Reporting on Diversity IN YEARS past Bratislava’s annual Rainbow Pride parade drew extremist counter demonstrations and armed police to provide security. Organisers would not reveal the full route of the march in advance out of safety concerns. But a visit to the 2013 edition in September showed that things are changing, even as the Catholic Church and others add their voice to the debate. 28 Oct 2013 Martina Raábová More from Politics & Society
Countrywide Events Music, Theater, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 2 Dec 2013 Zuzana Vilikovská More from Culture & Society
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“If we put there a sack of potatoes for the right, this sack of potatoes would get a better result than Mr Kaník.“ PM Robert Fico responds to the results of the first round of the regional elections, in which Marian Kotleba defeated rightist candidate Ľudovít Kaník (SDKÚ).