Eleven generic drugs withdrawn from Slovak pharmacies

Slovak State Institute for Drug Control (ŠÚKL) on January 28 suspended the distribution of 11 generic drugs and withdrew them from the market.

Culture & lifestyle

Reconstruction on Krásna Hôrka Castle continues

THE RECONSTRUCTION works on the Krásna Hôrka Castle, which was severely damaged by fire in 2012, continue in accordance with the plans, Judita Krajčiová of the Slovak National Museum (SNM) told the TASR newswire. …


Economy Minister Pavlis has to go

No one with such an obvious conflict of interest has any place in government.


Slovakia to harmonise European and national interests in gas

WHEN it comes to gas, Slovakia must weigh European interests along with its own, Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference in Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic, on January 29, the TASR newswire reported.

Culture & lifestyle

Countrywide Events

Check out The Slovak Spectator's choice of cultural events in Slovakia for upcoming days.


Ten more Slovaks recognised as Righteous Among the Nations

ANOTHER 10 Slovaks have received the Righteous Among the Nations award, the highest honour given to a non-Jew by the State of Israel and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum for saving Jewish citizens during the Holocaust.


More changes for second pillar

IN RESPONSE to the small payments going to the first pensioners-to-be from the second, private, pension pillar, Prime Minister Robert Fico says he will look for ways to allow those savers to move their money back…


Lemontree to satiate the senses

If words were to be found which would perfectly describe the essence of Thai cuisine, they would include varied and healthy, and yet you do not have to travel far to enjoy exotic and healthy food. Authentic Thai…


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Poll: Referendum will fail

LESS than 40 percent of eligible voters will take part in the February 7 referendum on three issues of marriage, adoption, and sex education, according to a Focus polling agency survey ordered by the Sme daily.

HIV positive patients  need special dental care.

Dentists still want to special centres for HIV positive patients

Dentists proposed creation of three specialised centres for treatment of patients infected with HIV. The Heath Ministry wants to study the idea. 

Casting a vote

Referendum campaign sees controversy

Plebiscite supporters face criticism, while LGBTI advocates reject pre-referendum discussions

Magdaléna Slamková

Hiding in the straw bed

Magdaléna Slamková and her husband hid Jewish couple in a straw bed for six months.

Júlia and Lukáč Brna

Reuniting family

Families care for children who are missing their parents.

Mária and Ján Kustra

From Bunker to good people

Mária and Ján Kustra hid Lilly Berrgrün and her son after Lilly’s husband was injured by bomb.

ECB President Mario Draghi

Slovakia to benefit from quantitative easing

Policy supports exporters and lowers the cost of servicing state debt.

Wizz Air will open a new operational base at the Košice airport.

New flights from Košice to Italy and UK

THE LOW-cost airline Wizz Air will open a new operational base at the Košice airport, which should result in 30 new jobs and two regular routes.

State tenders are long.

State tenders take six months on average

AN AVERAGE state tender took six months in 2014, the longest period in the past five years, according to the analysis by ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) which it based on the Public…

Photographer of Štiavnica

THE REPORTAGE and documentary photographer Sergej Protopopov is notable among a small circle of photography fans and he is rather well-known among collectors of postcards, especially those focusing on Banská…

Kekko Fornarelli Trio

Countrywide Events


Koza movie competes at Berlinale.

UPDATED: Slovak films get rave reviews

IT SEEMS that recently, several Slovak films have proven successful even outside the country’s borders, being released with much appraisal, while also being nominated for screenings at festivals and for awards.

Diplomats are awaiting referendum result

THE REFERENDUM that seeks to constitutionally define the concept of family is dividing Slovak society. Members of the foreign diplomatic community, who traditionally speak with distinct voice when it comes to…

President Andrej Kiska

Mental worlds of presidents

LOVE for one’s homeland is a powerful and edifying feeling, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in addressing his nation on the New Year. For him, this feeling manifests itself in what he calls “fraternal support”…

Ján Pallo, Publisher

A letter from the Publisher

The Slovak Spectator has for 20 years been able to bring independent reports about what is going on in the country’s politics and business. We continue the mission started by our founders in 1995 and not even the…

Preparations for Universiade at Osrblie.

Universiade takes place in Slovakia

AFTER 15 years, Slovakia will host a great winter sporting event, the Winter Universiade, in the High Tatras, at Štrbské Pleso ski resort and in Osrblie where cross-country skiing track lies.

Štefan Svitko, easy rider, at Dakar 2015.

Slovaks finish strong in Dakar Rally

IN THE 36th year of the Dakar Rally race which moved from Northern Africa to South America, two Slovaks placed excellently.  

Ice hockey stadium

Slovakia is the only applicant to host the 2019 ice hockey championship

SLOVAKIA remained the only applicant to hold the 83th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which will take place in 2019, after its only rival, Switzerland, withdrew its candidacy and applied for 2020.