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RAF memorial unveiled Locked DESPITE numerous commemorative events and memorials to remember the victims of the Second World War, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have until recently lacked a permanent memorial which would express the thanks of the United Kingdom for their contribution in the war. Not any more. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
UK institutions in Slovakia Locked British EmbassyCharge d’Affaires: Gill 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
United Kingdom: General facts Locked Political system: constitutional monarchyCapital: LondonTotal area: 242,500 square kilometresPopulation: 64 millionMain language: EnglishCurrency: pound sterling 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
British Chamber elects new board Focus short Locked THE BRITISH Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic (BCCSR) has elected a new Board of Directors. This highly anticipated vote, which took place on June 30, will have significant implications on the future of the British Slovak Business Centre (BSBC), the chamber and the centre informed in a press release. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovak buckets in royal palace Focus short Locked DURING the communist era Kovotvar Kúty used to supply the whole Slovak population with zinc galvanised buckets and watering cans. Nowadays these garden accessories of simple and practical designs can be found in e-shops in German and the UK, even in the Highgrove shop of Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace, the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily wrote in February. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
London-Košice flights popular Focus short Locked THE LAUNCH of a regular route between Košice in eastern Slovakia and the London airport Luton was one of the milestones of Košice airport in 2013. The route, which Hungarian low-cost airlines Wizz Air launched in mid-September, has proved popular in both directions. After less than nine months of operation the airport has welcomed 50,000 passengers on this route. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Bridging nations Focus short Locked A RECENT exhibition in the Nitra Gallery presents the works of Slovak, Czech and Scottish artists. The full name is Nové Mosty (New Bridges) 11:11 and it is comprised of works by 11 Slovak and Czech artists and 11 Scottish ones. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Globe tour reaches Bratislava Focus short Locked THE FAMOUS Shakespeare’s Globe theatre embarked on a world tour in spring (marking the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in April), visiting 205 countries worldwide. The show made its 27th stop at Bratislava’s Slovak National Theatre (SND) on June 24. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
British youth orchestra boosts ties Focus short Locked THE SUMMER programme of classical music concerts in Bratislava gets fairly sparse, with some shows outside the concert season moving to other, non-traditional venues. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Košice inhabitants can meet Scottish writers Focus short Locked THE LITERARY festival Mesiac Autorského Čítania (Month of Authors Reading) brings writers closer to readers in four cities across three neighbouring countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland), all sharing the same 62 authors in a total of 248 book readings. The festival’s 15th year takes place between July 1 and August 3 in Brno, Ostrava, Košice and Wroclaw. Of the participating authors, 31 are Czech and Slovak, with the same number coming from Scotland – which is the honorary guest country this year. The reading starts with an evening in Brno before moving on to the other cities. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Tradition of English Fridays Focus short Locked THE THIRD chief of the general staff of the Slovak Armed Forces, Milan Maxim has continued the tradition of the so-called English Fridays introduced by the former chief of the general staff Ľubomír Bulík. On Fridays all official meetings are held in English, the main working language of NATO. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
AWS investing in Orava region Focus short Locked BRITISH company AWS continues to extend investments and production in northwestern town of Námestovo, the Orava region. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
British-Slovak business ties stay in harmony Locked WHILE the United Kingdom is already a significant trade and investment partner of Slovakia, both sides continue to further intensify bilateral economic relations. The launch of the British Slovak Business Centre and the June visit of the Slovak economy minister to the UK are some of the latest impetuses for strengthening relations. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
UK cultural exports a hit with Slovaks Locked BRITAIN’S culture and lifestyle have found a receptive audience in Slovakia. The year 2013 brought a milestone marking the 20th anniversary of relations between independent Slovakia and the UK, resulting in a range of British cultural events. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Diplomat: Pragmatism steers UK opinion on EU “WE believe in sticking to rules and we are also quite passionate in our defence of our sovereignty,” says Gill Fraser, Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Bratislava, when explaining some of the roots of EU-scepticism in the United Kingdom. Fraser, who came to Slovakia after serving in Tripoli, also adds that there is something about the British psyche that makes the country “pragmatic about what are the benefits that the EU brings to our citizens”. 28 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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