Culture & lifestyle

Slovak art dabbles in diversity

ADMIRERS of Andy Warhol might have already marked Slovakia on their map since the king of pop art was of Ruthenian origin and his mother Júlia Warholová was born in the village of Miková, eight kilometres from…

Politics & society

What makes a language teacher good

One need not be American or British to teach English well. Non-native English teachers bring other kinds of classroom benefits that are sometimes overlooked.

Culture & lifestyle

Spiš Castle among the most searched destination in Slovakia

GOOGLE has published the list of the Slovak destinations which users search the most via its Google Maps website. 

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Energy for the public in Slovakia

Cycling enthusiasts have the opportunity to take part in a professional race as more than 170 cyclists are escorted through the streets with a convoy of cars. 

Politics & society

Slovakia pushes through the voluntary principle

“A BIG diplomatic victory” – this is how Prime Minister Robert Fico described the results of the June 25-26 European Council summit in Brussels whose participants dropped the proposal to introduce mandatory quotas…

International

Slovakia prepares for EU Presidency

Slovakia's historically first EU presidency will be thrifty, focusing on digital single market, support of startups and others. 

Culture & lifestyle

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between July 3 and 12, including lots of classical music, folklore and choir festivals, historical fencing, an adrenaline weekend, mediaeval festivals, a parkour race, concert by Philip…

International

Slovakia was not overly affected by Russia-targeted sanctions in 2014

DESPITE a load of statements made by Prime Minister Robert Fico criticising sanctions against Russia harming the Slovak economy, the country in fact was not significantly affected by sanctions last year.

Business

Government okayed support for flying car development

BRATISLAVA-based company AeroMobil R&D, which is engaged in the development of a flying car, will be granted investment assistance of nearly €6 million from state coffers towards research and development activities,…

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Stop the Islamisatiopn of Europe protest, June 20

Protest against migrant quotas paralyses downtown Bratislava

A PUBLIC protest against the resettlement of migrants in Slovakia took place in Bratislava on June 20, shutting down traffic on the central Hodžovo Square, the main railway station and SNP Square and keeping dozens…

Pan-European University's law school can still accept students

PAN-EUROPEAN University’ s law school filed a complaint against the halting of the accreditation of the University’s Faculty of Law for programmes of both bachelor and magister degrees. The court subsequently…

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Activists warn of too many pesticides in soil

THE GREENPEACE environmental organisation has warned against the excessive use of pesticides in Slovak soil, and called on the Agriculture Ministry to take action to reduce them.


High Representative of the European Union Klaus-Dieter Borchardt (r) together with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (l) and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ceremonially turned on the valve of the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline in September 2014.

Ukraine complains to EU over Eustream

SLOVAKIA enabled a so-called small reverse flow of natural gas east to Ukraine last September, but more recently Ukraine has turned to the European Union with a complaint that Slovakia refuses to use the spare…

Opposition challenges minimum pensions

OPPOSITION parties have collected enough signatures from MPs to challenge the recently approved legislation on the minimum pension at the Constitutional Court.

Slovakia-Hungary Interconnector is running

DESPITE several problems reported in mid June, the gas transmission company Eustream launched commercial operation of the Slovakia-Hungary Interconnector on July 1.


A fine white day

Parading fascists and indulgent PM beg question: who here is “out of touch with reality”?

The EU-agenda: “Events, dear boy, events”

WHEN asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, then UK Prime-Minister Harold McMillan famously (and reportedly) answered: “Events, dear boy, events”.

Disagreeable agreement

The Visegrad Four have faced criticism in recent years for a lack of unity, in particular over the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. But they appear firmly united on at least one matter – none of them like immigrants.…


Bratislava among popular stag destinations

BRATISLAVA belongs to the most popular stag destinations, according to British tourists. 

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

Lajčák: Weight of V4 grows in eyes of foreign partners

SLOVAKIA’S Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) presidency expires this month. In hindsight, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is convinced it was an extremely dynamic…

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (l) and his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka

Obligatory immigration quotas dropped

THERE will be no obligatory immigration quotas and EU member countries will accept refugees on a voluntary basis. 


Ladislav Chudík (2009)

Legendary actor Ladislav Chudík dies at 91

LADISLAV Chudík, 91, actor and longtime member of the Slovak National Theatre died in Bratislava on June 29.

World Wide Knit in Public Day, Žilina

Slovakia joins in the World Wide Knit in Public Day

THE WORLD Wide Knit in Public Day has been celebrated in more than 50 countries in 2015, including Slovakia. On Saturday, June 13, hundreds of “public knitting” events took place, including in Žilina, Piešťany a…

Wall was the leitmotif and the visual symbol of Eurokontext 2015 festival.

Eurokontext dramas examine past horrors and hot topics

WHILE LAST year, the Eurokontext.sk festival offered drama, ballet and opera spread over almost one month, its June 2015 round comprised 13 performances – of drama only – within one week in the premises of the…


Protesters disrupt the cycling race, June 20, Bratislava.

Bratislava anti-migrant protest blocked bicycle race

THE PROTEST against the resettlement of migrants in Slovakia which took place in Bratislava on June 20 disrupted the Downhill World Tour Bratislava cycling race.

Atle Skaardal in Jasná

Jasná is prepared for World Cup

ATLE Skaardal, top Norwegian skier visited Jasná in Slovakia, with the International Ski federation inspection, to find the ski resort well-prepared to the world competition.

Slovakia placed 23rd in Baku

THE FIRST European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan ended on June 28 with the closing ceremony.