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Court clears referenda on family A REFERENDUM that seeks to constitutionally define the concept of family is likely to take place after all, albeit not with all the questions that the petitioners proposed after the Constitutional Court ruled on October 28 that three of the four questions that social conservatives want to pose to voters could go forward. 30 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Hackers targeted GLOBSEC News in short Locked ABOUT six months after the international GLOBSEC security conference took place in Bratislava, it was revealed that it had been targeted by hackers. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Cabinet agrees to buy planes News in short Locked THE CABINET approved during its October 22 session the purchase of two C-27J Spartan tactical transport airplanes. Their producer is the Italian company Alenia Aermacchi and according to estimates, the aircraft should cost up to €80 million. The government, however, was secretive as to the details of the significant defense expenditure. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks aware of poverty Locked PEOPLE in Slovakia realise how much money a family needs to live a decent life and know that there is a huge amount of people who do not have such an income, but also misperceive how much the state helps the poor, according to a survey published by the Milan Šimečka Foundation (NMŠ) on October 16. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Moldava mayor talks Roma, cancelled concert István Zachariaš has headed the town since communism fell KOŠICE – Moldava nad Bodvou grabbed international headlines last year as the scene of alleged police violence targeting the Roma minority. In June 2013, an operation code named “Repressive-Search Action 100” saw 63 police officers raid the Budulovská Roma settlement on the outskirts of town. They were purportedly seeking seven men for whom they had arrest warrants. They found none of those men, but violence ensued and 15 other Roma were taken to the police station, and several were injured. No Roma were ever charged with a crime, and the incident drew criticism from the likes of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Other financial groups eye media Locked JUST DAYS after the Penta investment group bought 50 percent of the shares in the major publishing house, Petit Press (which partially owns The Slovak Spectator) through an intermediary, information has surfaced that another big investment group, J&T, is shopping on the media market too. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
First fine for Mariatchi beating ONE OF the perpetrators in the beating attack at the Mariatchi bar in downtown Nitra, the video of which shocked the Slovak public early this year, will receive a €400 fine in the first penalty handed down from the case. 27 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Human traffickers target Roma ROMA living in segregated settlements become the most frequent victims of human trafficking in Slovakia. The most endangered groups are young people aged 16-25 and men aged 25-35, the study of the People in Need Slovakia humanitarian organisation showed. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Former journalist Teleki sues state News in short EX-JOURNALIST Jana Teleki has sued Slovakia for being exposed to a 16-year long criminal prosecution, demanding reimbursement of €500,000. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Quality of Slovak democracy down ACCORDING to the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) the recent actions of the Smer party in parliament have harmed the quality of the country’s democracy in recent months, as measured by the think tank’s rating system. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Investigative reporting still stands out DEEPLY researched investigative reports of great importance cannot be replaced by tweets or blogs, says Walt Bogdanich, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reports published in major American media outlets. Even when newsrooms find themselves in financial straits, they should not look at cutting back on investigative work, he adds. Bogdanich responded to the questions of The Slovak Spectator on investigative reporting, and also about the challenges of media ownership that Slovakia faces. He communicated via e-mail in advance of his own visit to Slovakia. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Five run for Judicial Council seat FIVE candidates, including Štefan Harabin, who earlier this year failed in his bid to get re-elected as Supreme Court president, will run for a vacant seat on the Judicial Council, which oversees the operation of the judiciary in the country. The deadline for submitting candidacies elapsed on October 13, with Harabin’s critics dubbing the November 25 election as a “litmus test of the condition of the country’s judiciary” as 1,400 judges will be voting to pick their representative on the council. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Regional EU funds in jeopardy TWO FACILITIES taking care of disabled people in Banská Bystrica Region face potential closure despite the fact that millions of euros have already been approved for their renovation from EU funds. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Šefčovič to oversee Energy Union FOR SOME time it seemed that Slovak diplomat Maroš Šefčovič would oversee the transport and space portfolio in the European Commission, satisfying Slovakia’s voiced ambitions to get a strong economic department. Šefčovič is now however promoted to serve as EC vice president for the Energy Union, far surpassing expectations. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Turmoil over Penta's bid for Petit Press AFTER weeks of negotiation, the Penta investment group is set to buy a 50-percent stock in the Petit Press publishing house, spurring resignations by editors at the daily newspaper Sme. 16 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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