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Crash course

Many young, ambitious and successful people opt not to stay in Slovakia and instead move to Western Europe and the United States, according to a new report released by the IMF. Benjamin Cunningham , 22. Jul 2016, at 6:50

The Other Slovakia

Blog: Greetings from a country full of good ideas

Slovakia, the country of good ideas where “science is done only by some crazy enthusiasts”. Anca Dragu 22. Jul 2016, at 6:10

The five stages of grief

The post-Brexit-vote grieving process appears to have run through almost all the stages of the Kübler-Ross spectrum in less than a month. James Thomson 21. Jul 2016, at 15:05

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Terror wants to turn our streets into enemy territories

The terrorist did not attack only the French crowd. He attacked all the people who gather in the streets and squares, with their children, parents, and friends. Beata Balogová , 15. Jul 2016, at 9:19

A security guard walks near the scene of an attack in the resort city of Nice, southern France.

NATO is a space for cooperation

Recent events have fundamentally changed the landscape and security environment in Europe and around the world. 11. Jul 2016, at 13:40

US President Barack Obama

No excuses

We cannot pretend that the life of the country now stops for six months and suddenly we will forget our shortcomings and act like an exemplary democracy that has no problems whatsoever. Michaela Terenzani , 7. Jul 2016, at 18:21

Brazil is ready for Olympics

Today, exactly 30 days before the world`s greatest sporting event is scheduled to begin, Brazil say it is ready to host the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to take place in South America. 5. Jul 2016, at 8:34

The Rio 2016 sign stands in front of the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What comes after La Grande Bouffe?

Many consume democracy as if it were an all-you-can-eat buffet. Beata Balogová , 1. Jul 2016, at 10:17

La Grande Abbuffata 1973

Come to Olympic Games

The circulation of the Zika virus, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, will not hinder us from having a safe and unforgettable event for athletes, participants and spectators, writes Brazilian health minister. 30. Jun 2016, at 19:16

The Rio 2016 sign stands in front of the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

How challenging can kissing with Slovaks be?Video

A video interview with foreigners living in Slovakia. 28. Jun 2016, at 10:30

On finding solutions & brokering coalitions

Those that criticise should understand that a compromise within a coalition will always be prone to comment from those that do not bear the responsibility. Richard van Rijssen 27. Jun 2016, at 6:40

Running to make Slovakia a better place

Small town races bring out the dedicated amateur as well the the weekend jogger and when they put their love of running to good, everybody benefits. Naomi Hužovičová , 25. Jun 2016, at 8:40

Beneficiaries of the Le Slavia race take part in the run.

Au revoir, little England

Many problems have been made worse by this Brexit vote. Far right extremism? More extreme. A divided Europe? More divided. Uncertainty about the economy? More uncertain. Lack of confidence in government? Even more… Benjamin Cunningham , 24. Jun 2016, at 13:40

Blog: Taxi!

Taking a taxi at 2am in Bratislava can lead to a very detailed “grass root” analysis of the labour market, education system and local mentality, a psychoanalytical peep into the lifestyle of Slovakia’s elite or a… Anca Dragu 24. Jun 2016, at 11:50

Calling a taxi if you don't speak Slovak is quite a challenge.

The day after Britain said no

The decision for Brexit is not the end of the EU, but it is the last big warning. Beata Balogová , 24. Jun 2016, at 8:31

Britain blames also Slovakia

If there is any correlation between immigration and employment in Britain, it’s that immigrants actually create jobs for natives. Benjamin Cunningham , 21. Jun 2016, at 6:51

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Blog: The doctors in Syria are still target of attacks

MAGNA supplies health centre and mobile clinic with medicines and medical material. 13. Jun 2016, at 22:21

Smer won’t give up its Kaliňák

Not in entering the government, but in the scandal of Robert Kaliňák Most-Híd and Sieť have lost their character. Beata Balogová , 13. Jun 2016, at 21:54

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák during parliamentary session on dual citizenship.

Occupying the centre ground

The situation in Slovakia suggests that democracy may not be quite as sickly as it is sometimes portrayed. James Thomson 10. Jun 2016, at 11:05

Andrej Danko (l) and Béla Bugár (r)

Cloudy forecast

Early June saw most ministers of the ruling Smer hard at work – but mostly making politics rather than policy in their respective departments. Michaela Terenzani , 9. Jun 2016, at 22:05

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

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