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Slovakia marks the 70th anniversary of the SNP
Activities for all ages Discover Košice Region with Košice Region Travel Guide . “Hello. Your tickets, please,” say child railway conductors in uniforms as they welcome passengers of the Children’s Railway. A 130-year old locomotive Katka whistles from May to October as the choo-choo is running from Čermeľ for four kilometres to the stop Alpinka. 27 Aug 2014 Miroslava Landyšová More from Regional News
Slovakia celebrates 70th anniversary of the SNP AT LEAST 10,000 guests are expected to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the key moments in the country’s World War II history, when some rebelled against the Nazi-allied Slovak state. The events centre on the SNP Memorial in Banská Bystrica on August 29, and as many as 36 embassies have already confirmed the attendance of their representatives, SNP Museum Director Stanislav Mičev said. 29 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Slovaks to comment on Ukraine during Russian minister visit SOMEONE from the Slovak government will raise the issue of Ukraine with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu when he visits Slovakia to attend the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), according to Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák. 29 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Ukraine reverse flow pipe tested THE SLOVAK-Ukrainian Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline, modernised to transport natural gas via reverse flow from Slovakia to Ukraine, began testing in mid-August. Its standard commercial operation is planned to start in September. As market watchers perceive the upgrading of the pipeline as a means to help Ukraine reduce its dependence on Russian gas, they also expect Ukraine to continue transiting Russian gas to Slovakia. 21 Aug 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Business
Three run for Supreme Court chair, for now SUPREME Court justice and former state secretary of the Justice Ministry Daniel Hudák, former deputy chairwoman of the Supreme Court and its current justice Daniela Švecová and Supreme Court justice Ivan Rumana will compete on September 16 to take over as chairperson of the Supreme Court. The country’s top judicial post has been vacant since Štefan Harabin’s term expired on June 22. 25 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Testing of Roma kids condemned RIGHTS activists have long pointed out that special education schools house a disproportionate number of children from Roma communities. They have alleged that these children are being over-diagnosed and are thus stripped of any real opportunities early in life as they fall further and further behind others of the same age while studying in schools meant for children with mental disabilities. 25 Aug 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Fico still critical of sanctions PRIME Minister Robert Fico remains firm in his criticism of the tit-for-tat sanctions that the European Union and Russia have imposed on one another. Fico called the sanctions “senseless” and a threat to Slovakia’s economy on August 9, drawing criticism from members of the opposition and local media. The adoption of sanctions that damage the whole region is shortsighted, he said one week later, adding that he is not going to change his position. 25 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Making history EDITORIAL MANY Slovaks will associate the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) with the long weekend they get thanks to August 29 falling on a Friday. Those born before the 1980s might recall centrally organised celebrations of the SNP when as students they had to wear their pioneer uniform, the blue shirt with the red scarf around their neck designed for the Communist Party’s youth organisation, and march to the town square to listen to endless speeches about the leading role the communists had in everything good in their life. 25 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
Separatista Slovak Word of the Week NORMALLY, you don’t see Slovaks travelling the world and blowing themselves up or beheading people. But allegations by Ukraine that a Slovak citizen was caught fighting for the pro-Russian separatists indicate that there are ideologies which inspire violence even in members of our “dove nation”. Sure, it’s hard to draw any serious conclusions from one case, and acts of war and terror are often the result of personal frustration rather than political conviction. 21 Aug 2014 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Uprising's legacy has new resonance Seven decades after the revolt, extremism poses a new danger CELEBRATIONS of the 70th anniversary of the major anti-fascist resistance staged by Slovaks during the World War II are taking place amid a wave of nationalism and a resurgent far-right in Europe. Slovaks have not been exempt as the country’s answer to the likes of Farage, LePen or Jobbik - is Marian Kotleba, governor of Banská Bystrica Region since November 2013. 25 Aug 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Events not for idealising nor demonising PEOPLE should try to avoid both idealising and demonising the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the most significant events of Slovakia’s history, says Ivan Kamenec, a historian with the Slovak Academy of Sciences, who authored several books focusing on Slovakia’s modern history including that of the wartime Slovak state, a satellite of Nazi Germany. 25 Aug 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
The appeal of the Slovak Sea Discover Košice Region with Košice Region Travel Guide . Twenty-five years ago when Slovaks had limited options to travel abroad they still had Zemplínska šírava, one of the largest reservoirs in the region – also dubbed the Slovak Sea. While it no longer attracts a million visitors in a single season, the lake, which according to European Environment Agency has excellent water, is getting its second wind offering water-related joys to tourists in an otherwise landlocked country. 20 Aug 2014 Monika Kacejová (Lukáš Onderčanin contributed to this report) More from Regional News
National event has international meaning THE FOREIGN community attends the commemorations of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) every year to remember their nationals who fought, and often died, alongside Slovak partisans. Historians consider this proof that the uprising was both national and international in character and that foreign states acknowledge the significance of this event in the World War II. 25 Aug 2014 Radka Minarechová More from Politics & Society
At NATO's Newport summit a return to deterrence AMBASSADORIAL COLUMN NATO came into being as a direct reaction to, inter alia, the Soviet Union sponsored overthrow of the democratic government of the Czechs and Slovaks in 1948. At the time, it became clear that Joseph Stalin had a vision of a hostile international environment leading to communism’s triumph. The democratic world was left with no viable alternative but to contain and deter.' 25 Aug 2014 Tomasz Chłoń More from Opinion
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