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Report slams government for rising corruption

THE SLOVAK government has strengthened the influence of the state in the economy, and at the same time there has been a rise in corruption and party cronyism, according to the annual Global Report on the State of…16. Mar 2009, at 0:00

The opposition felt the tyranny of the majority, IVO said.
The presidential candidates answer The Spectator’s questions

What do they think?

The first round of the presidential election will take place on Saturday, March 21. The Slovak Spectator put six questions before all seven candidates for the position of President of the Slovak Republic and is…16. Mar 2009, at 0:00

František Mikloško

European Commission acts to preserve jobs in turbulent times

Europe is facing difficult economic times, people are worried about their jobs and their concerns are fully understandable, says European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Vladimír…16. Mar 2009, at 0:00

Vladimír Špidla

Criticism in US report

SEVERAL human rights problems in Slovakia were noted in the 2008 Human Rights Report prepared by the US Department of State, “including some continuing reports of police mistreatment of Romani suspects and lengthy…9. Mar 2009, at 0:00

PM says 'show contract'

THE CONTRACT recently awarded to supply and operate Slovakia's electronic highway toll system must be published, Prime Minister Robert Fico has said. He made the comment while speaking to public broadcaster Slovak…9. Mar 2009, at 0:00

Transport Minister Vážny and Prime Minister Fico.

Election heats up after ecclesiastical intervention

THE BIGGEST uproar so far over the upcoming presidential election was not caused by the candidates themselves, but rather by the statements of Catholic priests and a bishop giving their opinions of various…9. Mar 2009, at 0:00

Iveta Radičová and Ivan Gašparovič.
No gates or lights at railway crossing where bus and train collided

Twelve die in crash tragedy

IN ONE of the worst traffic accidents in Slovakia’s history a collision between a bus and a train near the village of Polomka in central Slovakia claimed 12 lives. A passenger train with two carriages crashed into a…2. Mar 2009, at 0:00

The aftermath of the crash.
Change requires restaurants - but not bars - to separate smokers

Smoking half-banned

FROM early September restaurants in Slovakia should take on a different look, as the familiar smoky haze which currently pervades many of them begins to lift – at least partially. Under new rules approved by…2. Mar 2009, at 0:00

Lajčák goes to Budapest

THE NEW Slovak foreign affairs minister, Miroslav Lajčák, says that the presence of the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) in the ruling coalition is not a problem. And three weeks after taking office he…23. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Low turnout predicted for March 21 poll; election will cost over €9 million

Presidential election nears - but who will vote?

THE NEXT presidential election will take place in Slovakia in just one month, and there is still uncertainty about how many people will turn out to vote. The consensus among analysts seems to be: not many. What is…23. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Iveta Radičová

Contract kept under wraps

DETAILS of a contract worth hundreds of millions of euros, the outcome of the biggest tender in Slovakia’s history, for which only one bid was finally accepted, will not be released to the public.The Transport…23. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Minister Ľubomír Vážny (l), and NDS director Igor Choma.
Former minister questions Slovakia's ability to fulfil NATO obligations

Big job losses at Defence Ministry

IT HAS EMERGED that the Slovak Defence Ministry cut its staff by 1,500 in a series of dismissals affecting civilian employees which began last year and continued up to the end of January. The ministry is now looking…16. Feb 2009, at 0:00

New Foreign Affairs Minister lays out his priorities

Crisis and Hungary top the agenda

SLOVAKIA'S membership of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are the strategic underpinnings of the country’s foreign policy and continuing this orientation and softening the…16. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák.

Minister stays in post

MARIÁN Janušek, Slovakia’s minister for construction and regional development, is still in his job despite more information emerging about a controversial tender, worth €119.5 million (Sk3.6 billion), which was…16. Feb 2009, at 0:00

New road law takes effect

NEW RULES came into force on Slovakia’s roads on February 1 with the primary goal of reducing the country’s high rate of accidents. The speed limit in towns and villages has been lowered to 50 kilometres per hour…9. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Police hope that the new Road Traffic Act will reduce the death toll on Slovak roads.

The ‘rocking chair’ under the construction minister

DISSOLUTION of the ruling coalition is not looming, the three chairmen of the coalition parties emphatically state. But the chair under the Minister of Construction and Regional Development Marian Janušek, a nominee…9. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Marian Janušek (left) and Ján Slota.

Malinová case nears conclusion?

THE LONG-RUNNING investigation into the case of Hedviga Malinová, a young Hungarian Slovak woman who was allegedly assaulted in Nitra in 2006 but was later accused by police and government ministers of making up the…9. Feb 2009, at 0:00

Hedviga Malinová, after the alleged attack.

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