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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 The Slovak Spectator
Pavol Paška of Smer resigns A SURPRISING moment came during the election night when Pavol Paška of Smer announced his resignation from the post of speaker of parliament. Paška’s departure came on the heels of a widely criticised tender for purchasing an overpriced CT scanner in Piešťany Hospital of Alexander Winter, resulting in two protests against him in Bratislava and Košice, the TASR newswire reported. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
SNP Square was not the only focal point WHILE the SNP Square is the place in Bratislava which is most connected with the events of November 17, 1989, there are some more places closely linked with the events leading to the fall of the totalitarian regime in Slovakia. Other important places were: Hviezdoslavovo Square, Umelka Gallery, Freedom Square (Námestie Slobody) and the Palace of Justice (Justičný Palác), Peter Jašek from the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) told the SITA newswire. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Central monument lacking Focus in short WHILE four commemorative plaques recall events from November 1989, Bratislava still lacks a central monument. The first such memorial is under preparation and it should stand on Námestie Slobody (the Freedom Square), Ivo Štassel, historian and the director of the City Institute of Protection of Monuments (MUOP) in Bratislava, told the SITA newswire. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Events not remembered clearly Focus in short TWENTY-FIVE years after the remarkable events of November 17, 1989, the knowledge about what actually happened is not perfect even in the Slovak Parliament, where two of six deputies approached by the SITA newswire were able to answer two questions related to November 1989. The deputies were asked what happened on November 16, 1989 in Bratislava and when approximately the first free parliamentary elections took place after the Velvet Revolution. While four answered correctly the first question, only two gave an accurate answer to the second one. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Places that recall history Focus in short WHILE the SNP Square is the place in Bratislava which is most connected with the events of November 17, 1989, there are some more places closely linked with the events leading to the fall of the totalitarian regime in Slovakia. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovak art is more individual, GREAT political events and historical milestones are natural subjects of artworks and cultural projects – but it seems that sometimes time plays a crucial role. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Shelves are fuller and wallets are fatter Slovaks earn more and can afford more than 25 years ago TWENTY-FIVE years ago, Slovakia’s economy was centrally-planned and prices as well as wages were regulated. The fall of the communist regime, apart from civic liberties, also brought to Slovaks a market economy (along with its positive and negative features) greater selection in shops as well as more shopping opportunities. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
History of revolution WHAT is called the Velvet (zamatová) or Gentle (nežná) Revolution in the then Czechoslovakia and which brought down the totalitarian communist regime in 1989 started in Slovakia on November 16, while all of the November 1989 events took place in an environment of falling regimes in neighbouring countries such as East Germany, Hungary or Poland as well as in the Soviet Union. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Student veterans recall 1989 Students were an important part of revolt STUDENTS had crucial roles in the Velvet Revolution as they were the first targets of riot police, organised subsequent protests and helped to persuade the rest of the public to get involved. Onetime student leaders look back fondly on those days. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Twenty–five years of freedom TWENTY-FIVE years after the protests that helped launch the Velvet Revolution in what is now Slovakia, people in the country see November 17, 1989 as one of the positive events of their history, but remain wary of social and job insecurity, according to a survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in cooperation with the Focus polling agency and the Czech Public Opinion Research Centre. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Tipos head ousted over credit card News in short Locked THE CEO and board of directors chairman of the state-owned Tipos lottery company Ladislav Kriška has offered his resignation after the Sme daily reported him using the company card in a luxury store in Prague. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Kiska okays two referendum questions News in short Locked PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska revealed how he will vote in the referendum initiated by the Alliance for Family (AZR) that seeks to constitutionally define the concept of family. As a conservative person, he will support the first two questions referring to the definition of marriage and rights of adoption for same-sex couples. He is, however, against the question regarding sexual education at schools, the president told the press on November 12. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Catholic University investigates bonuses Locked AFTER the dubious use of cars, suspicious awarding of post-doctoral degrees and the discovery of an unsupervised slush fund the Catholic University in Ružomberok (KU) is facing another potential scandal, as the Nový Čas tabloid daily reports that six university employees received €114,028 in bonuses in 2013. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Lobbyist alleged to ask for bribe Locked A FRIEND of Prime Minister Robert Fico allegedly asked the Austrian company Steyr for a bribe. The allegation was voiced again at court, during a hearing in the Pandur case, the biggest corruption case the Czech courts are currently dealing with. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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