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Tax licence passes; a tax rate cut to 22% SHORTLY after the Smer-controlled parliament passed a tax licence law obliging limited liability or joint stock companies to pay annually into the state coffers regardless of whether or not they make a profit, some were quick to remind Prime Minister Robert Fico of his promise not to raise taxes. In response Fico has pointed to another law passed in parliament on December 3, which cuts corporate income tax rates from 23 to 22 percent, and suggested there may be more tax cuts to come. 9 Dec 2013 Beata Balogová More from Business
Pastoral letter divides Slovaks Catholic bishops label gender equality movement “culture of death” THE PRE-CHRISTMAS period this year in Slovakia has seen growing tension between gay rights activists and supporters of 'traditional family'. This was especially due to a letter the Catholic bishops of Slovakia wrote to their followers on December 1. The controversy arose after the pastoral letter was read aloud in all Slovak Catholic churches on the first Sunday of the Advent season, December 1, which was broadcast by local media and through the internet. 9 Dec 2013 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Slovak pupils score low in math STUDENTS in Slovakia performed poorly in the international testing of 15-year olds. Results show mathematics, this year’s highlighted area of testing, proves to be a problem for many Slovak pupils.“For the first time the results of Slovak pupils in all three considered areas are significantly lower than the average performance of the OECD countries,” the National Institute of Certified Measuring of Education (NÚCEM) reported. 9 Dec 2013 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Representing a happy nation CHRISTIAN Konigsfeldt often uses his bicycle in Bratislava and he is confident that Slovakia could find inspiration from Denmark’s bicycle-friendliness, as the Danish ambassador to Slovakia sees here “an evident potential to expand the possibilities for using bicycles, for pleasure as well as a means of transport”. The Slovak Spectator spoke to Ambassador Konigsfeldt about the energy policies of his homeland, which tops the World Happiness ranking, as well as its knowledge-based economy and the business and tourism potential between the countries. 9 Dec 2013 Beata Balogová More from Foreigners in Slovakia
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
Helping to save heritage INGA Magistad prefers not to pick favourites when it comes to projects supported by Norway through the EEA/Norway Grants in Slovakia, since for her, “projects that have helped disadvantaged Roma children in eastern Slovakia to go to school and to develop their abilities are as notable as the more visible projects of restoration of venerated historic monuments”. As the Norwegian ambassador to Slovakia, she plans to further pursue projects through the EEA/Norway Grants. The Slovak Spectator spoke to Magistad about gender equality achievements in her homeland, environmental challenges and Norwegian medical students acquiring their degrees in Slovakia. 9 Dec 2013 Beata Balogová More from Foreigners in Slovakia
Corruption as a chronic condition EDITORIAL SLOVAKIA has been living with corruption the way some people live with chronic diseases. Even if those unfortunates do not succumb to their disease in a short time, their quality of life is undeniably harmed. Many citizens of nations crippled by corruption seemingly fail to realise that cronyism, tailor-made tenders, petty or even hefty bribes, hurt not only them, but their children as well. 9 Dec 2013 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
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
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
Common belief bridges differences Reporting on Diversity THE PRIEST bows before the altar at a packed St Ladislav Catholic Church in Bratislava and welcomes those who have gathered. However, his words are not in Slovak, but rather, fluent English. While Catholics are hardly a minority in Slovakia, the church can serve as a uniting force for any number of varied internationals who otherwise feel out of place. 28 Oct 2013 Natália Semianová More from Politics & Society
Minorities cope with financial troubles Reporting on Diversity MINORITIES living in Slovakia often use cultural events to stay connected with their roots and share their heritage with others, some of which are financed from the state budget. But changes to how such funding works means that some celebrations may be in trouble. 28 Oct 2013 Lenka Sabová More from Politics & Society
Recreation centres struggle financially Spectator College A glossary of words as well as an exercise related to this article are also published online. 9 Dec 2013 By Branislav Chovan More from Spectator College
Countrywide Events Music, Theater, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 9 Dec 2013 Zuzana Vilikovská More from Culture & Society
Enjoy a winter in Slovakia ADVERTORIAL The winter season is approaching and ski resorts have been busy preparing for it ever since the last one ended. The most intense work was seen in Slovakia’s biggest and most visited skiing destinations in Jasná and the High Tatras. In Jasná, work to connect the northern and southern part of the Chopok peak continues. 9 Dec 2013 More from Regional News
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