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Police searched Slovenské Elektrárne
Police search Slovenské Elektrárne SLOVAKIA’S largest electricity company, Slovenské Elektrárne, had some uninvited guests on July 23 when the Slovak police came to the company’s headquarters as well as other facilities seeking documents pertaining to the privatisation of the company back in 2006. Amid continued talk of a sell off by its Italian majority owner Enel the timing of the raid is powering a wave of questions and speculation. 24 Jul 2014 Beata Balogová and Jana Liptáková More from Business
MH-17 Slovak Word of the Week THE TRAGEDY of flight MH-17 stirred several reactions in Slovakia. There was compassion. Among some, there was some disappointment with a government reluctant to take a firm stand, and willing to still consider Russian companies as suitable investors in such fields as energy. There was a bit of a surprise at the number of people ready to listen to and spread the arguments of Kremlin propaganda (although a recent poll showing that over 80 percent of Slovaks feel Ukrainians should decide about their own future without Russian meddling is somewhat comforting). 24 Jul 2014 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
FinMin introduces new measures to close tax loopholes THE FINANCE Ministry attributes its increased collection of tax revenues to measures it has enacted to combat tax evasion, and it intends to continue down this path by closing some legal loopholes. In early July, the ministry introduced another package of measures aimed at further increasing tax collection, and plans to submit draft revisions to respective laws to interdepartmental review. The views among companies on the proposed changes, however, are mixed. 21 Jul 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Business
Project to back whistleblowers launched CORRUPTION robs Slovak taxpayers of approximately €1 billion annually, a sum that could finance 20 new hospitals equipped with top technology, 10,000 new playgrounds or a flat hike in the salaries for teachers and nurses by €200, according to businessmen Miroslav Trnka and Michal Bláha, founders of the Let’s Stop Corruption foundation. 21 Jul 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Smer moves to insert water protection into constitution KDH considers support in exchange for ban on holding two state jobs THE RULING Smer party is serious about its plan to add a ban on exporting water into the country’s constitution, a move which came in response to a populist outcry over new rules regulating the sale of Slovak water abroad which are being discussed by lawmakers. The Environment Ministry has already sent the draft to an interdepartmental review, opening it up to comments. 21 Jul 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Slovakia experienced moderate deflation in June Food prices decreased, surprisingly AFTER stagnation in May, a moderate decrease in consumer prices resumed in June. Prices decreased by 0.1 percent in June compared with the same period of 2013, when the month-on-month comparison saw growth slow from May’s 0.2 percent to June’s 0.1 percent, the Slovak Statistics Office reported on July 14. 21 Jul 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Business
Conservatives push referendum Petition on protection of family goes further than recent constitution amendment THE CONSTITUTIONAL definition of marriage, which some gay-right-advocates openly called a ban on same-sex marriages, does not go far enough, some conservative activists say, as they gather signatures to force a referendum that would make the laws even stronger. 21 Jul 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Scratching the surface EDITORIAL GIVEN the state of the education sector in Slovakia and the challenges it faces, many would agree that Dušan Čaplovič deserved to be sacked as education minister. While Prime Minister Robert Fico offered no forthright explanation as to why Čaplovič was asked to quit and why Tomáš Malatinský will no longer serve as economy minister, it seems apparent that they were thrown overboard for the wrong reasons. 14 Jul 2014 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
Voda Slovak Word of the Week YOU would almost think Slovakia was a desert nation. Yet the only droughts the country is suffering from are intellectual. 10 Jul 2014 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Quality of democracy slightly up as Kiska takes office IVO Barometer criticises constitutional amendment and Bonanno case THE INAUGURATION of President Andrej Kiska and his subsequent activities in the presidential post have helped to slightly increase the quality of democracy in Slovakia, according to an index produced by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO). 21 Jul 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
The shared Slovak-Italian passion ITALY is no greenhorn when it comes to holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union, as the homeland of Roberto Martini has done it 11 times. However, the Italian Ambassador to Slovakia, Martini, admits that this is a challenging time since, among other things, the EU’s global role is being reassessed. Another immense challenge is immigration, as Italy has received around 40,000 immigrants in the first five months of the year, with Martini suggesting that the issue needs wider international attention and coordination at the EU level.The Slovak Spectator spoke to Ambassador Martini about the priorities of the Italian presidency, immigration, the EXPO that Milan will host after 106 years, energy security, investment opportunities as well as Slovaks’ passion for Italian culture. 14 Jul 2014 Beata Balogová More from Foreigners in Slovakia
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“I was joking when saying that I did not order a sightseeing flight, but we were flying to Paris.” Defence Minister Martin Glváč commented on his emergency landing after the pilot noted problems with one of the plane’s engines and made several circles above the town of Pezinok before returning back to the Bratislava airport.