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Elections with some surprises
Independents surge, Smer gains on opposition FEEDING on voters’ frustration with traditional parties, independent candidates led the way in municipal races on November 15, taking some 38 percent of the mayoral seats across the country. Bratislava went to an independent candidate, Ivo Nesrovnal, who in a closely watched race defeated the incumbent Smer-backed independent Milan Ftáčnik, and Milan Kňažko, who also ran as an independent backed by a number of opposition parties. 20 Nov 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Smer strongman Paška steps down ONE of the ruling Smer party’s key strongmen, Pavol Paška, resigned as speaker of parliament the same night as municipal elections, overshadowing reports on outcomes of mayoral races across Slovakia. Paška’s departure came on the heels of two rallies fuelled by anger at a widely criticised tender for an overpriced computer tomography (CT) device set for purchase by a financially ailing hospital. 24 Nov 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Free trains bring queues at stations TRAINS were fuller and stations busier on November 17. It was, of course, the end of the holiday weekend; but it also saw the launch of free train travel for students and pensioners. 24 Nov 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Business
White Crows awarded ZUZANA Pechočiaková, a doctor of the Faculty Hospital in Nitra who pointed out an altered medical record; fired inspector Ľubica Lapinová who revealed shady public tenders; and Oleg Pastier, a key figure in the civil samizdat movement during the communist regime, received the White Crow Award on November 17. 24 Nov 2014 Roman Cuprik More from Politics & Society
Tending to the garden Editorial PAVOL Paška’s position for some time seemed almost unshakeable in the ruling Smer party. Thus the recent resignation of Smer’s strongman from the post of speaker of parliament opens up questions about what is changing in Robert Fico’s political garden, which this year has seen the uprooting of three cabinet ministers. 24 Nov 2014 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
Food producers worry about sanctions’ effect The loss of the Russian market pushes producers to target EU countries WHILE customers are enjoying low food prices and retail chains say Russian sanctions targeting EU produce are having little effect on their businesses, producers claim a glut of goods on the market are harming their bottom line. 24 Nov 2014 Roman Cuprik More from Other
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“We are probably the only city in Europe that is building a bridge and does not yet know how it will look.” Bratislava Mayor-elect Ivo Nesrovnal’s comments on the reconstruction of the Old Bridge.