Opinion

Striving against corruption

I AM pleased to see many institutions in Slovakia addressing the serious issue of corruption. According to a 2013 Eurobarometer survey, 90 percent of Slovaks perceived corruption as widespread, compared to an EU…

Sport

Marek Hamšík is Slovak Footballer of the Year 2014

ON MARCH 28, the poll searching for the best Slovak football (soccer) player saw its 22nd year culminating. The Pravda daily and the Slovak Football Association announced that Marek Hamšík (Ján Popluhár Prize for…

Business

New law changes waste management rules

AFTER 13 years Slovakia has a new waste law, which aims to boost the separation and recycling of waste as well as reduction of illegal waste dumps.

Politics & society

Slovakia lacks law on cyber security

IN SLOVAKIA, a law is lacking that would integrally solve the issue of cyber security, the Concept of Cyber Security filed by the Slovak Government Office for comments states. 

Culture & lifestyle

Slovakia participates in World Hour 2015, dominants left in dark

SINCE 2010, Slovakia has also been participating in the global environmental event, Earth Hour. The event that strives to point out light pollution and environmental problems will take place on Saturday, March 28,…

Business

New procurement law lacks teeth

Opposition, watchdogs believe Smer-backed changes are cosmetic.

Business

The most responsible companies in Slovakia awarded

During the Via Bona Awards ceremony for corporate responsibility Slovak President Kiska became part of the music band as a guitar player and singer.

Politics & society

Controversial legislation adopted in 2014

Temporary employment, Civil Code amendment, changes to the Income Tax Act, the Commercial Code, and the Collective Bargaining Act

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Politics & society

Education | Corruption & scandals | Military | Roma community

Trade in anabolic steroids thrives in Slovakia

THE DESIRE to become big and handsome leads many athletes to use steroids, according to professional fitness trainers. Mild legislation allows the sale of them to adult persons therefore the Slovak steroid market…

More time to re-think

EVERY woman will have two months to change her mind after giving so-called secret birth to a child – according to a draft amendment to the Law on Family. 

Jozef Čentéš

President’s Office pays €60,000 in compensation to Čentéš

THE OFFICE of President Andrej Kiska will pay financial compensation plus court fees to prosecutor Jozef Čentéš in line with the verdict of the Constitutional Court, which found former president…


International

Ukraine | European Union
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Slovakia to open talks with Sweden on Gripen jet fighters

IN ITS effort to boost defence capabilities, Slovakia is set to begin official talks on the rental of Gripen jet fighters from Sweden, with the Slovak government assigning the task to Defence Minister Martin Glváč…

Ján Mišura

Žilina trade chamber demands end to sanctions against Russia

THE ŽILINA Regional Chamber of the Slovak Trade and Industry Chamber (ZRK SOPK) has expressed its disapproval with sanctions against Russia and wants them scrapped, said ZRK SOPK Director Ján Mišura, referring to a…

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia's Lavrov to talk Ukraine with Kiska

SLOVAK President Andrej Kiska is set to meet Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov when the latter visits Slovakia on April 4.


Business

Energy | Airlines | Automotive | Highways

German retail chain eyes Slovakia

ONE of the biggest discount retail chains, German Hofer, is pondering expansion to Slovakia.

The regions and sectors in which people work matter

Pharmaceutical, IT and utilities are the highest paying sectors in Slovakia, while engineering, manufacturing, and logistics and forwarding pay the lowest below the market average.

Doctor gets suspended sentence for €14 bribe

THE SPECIALISED Criminal Court (STS) in Banská Bystrica on March 25 gave a suspended jail sentence of two years and ordered probation of 30 months for Dr. Anna Aghová from Nitra for bribery, TASR reported.  


Culture & lifestyle

Countrywide events | History talks | Cooking with ambassadors
Easter traditions in Slovakia.

Culture Shock: Slovak Easter traditions can bother unwilling women

As a native-born Slovak, it never occurred to me that there was anything striking about the way we celebrate one of the biggest of all Christian festivities, Easter. The suspicion that there was something peculiar…

Dušan Hanák - Pictures of the Old World, in English

Dušan Hanák’s successful film released on DVD in the UK

WITHIN THE series of Slovak films appearing on DVD in the United Kingdom for English-speaking audiences, the third movie is internationally successful Pictures of the Old World by Dušan Hanák.

Kornel Földvári

Writer, politician Kornel Földvári dies at 83

WRITER and journalist Kornel Földvári died of a heart attack on March 26 at the age of 83. Between 1990 and 1992 he was state secretary at the Culture Ministry.


Kosovo celebrated the seventh anniversary of its independence in mid February.

Recognise reality, and Kosovo

WAR and a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing leads to a major refugee crisis.

Blog: Customer service experience in Bratislava

LIVING in Bratislava I have heard many stories about the lack of customer service in the city. Many of them I consider are due to cultural differences, but there are a few horror stories that make me wonder if there…

Latest demographic statistics show Slovak population is ageing.

Slovaks need to open up to immigrants

FOREIGNERS can hardly be expected to feel welcome and to happily pay taxes amid flourishing nationalism and hostility -- including towards minorities already present in the country. 


Slovakia overcame another opponent

THE SLOVAK national football team is still unbeaten in EURO 2016 qualification after its match with Luxembourg on March 27. 

Slovak speed skiing record, High Tatras

Slovak record in speed skiing was constituted

SPEED skiing is a special discipline and Milan Bekeš is its pioneer in Slovakia, is striving to make it official. On March 20, he tried to establish a founding Slovak record in the Lomnické sedlo saddleback, the ski…

Successful downhill skier may leave Slovakia for Russia

SLOVAKIA may lose Adam Žampa, a winner of several medals who also placed fifth and sixth at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.