Let's not allow ethnic conflicts to spread in Europe

THIS month the world remembers one of the horrors of Europe’s recent history – the slaughter twenty years ago of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica. The Srebrenica massacre was the…

28. Jul 2015, at 6:07

Slovakia and migrants

FICO’S rejection of refugee quotas hurts Slovakia, not the migrants who don’t want to come here in the first place.

Tom Nicholson, 24. Jul 2015, at 8:09

EU crisis is not about Greece

THE EUROPEAN Union has frequently, and justifiably, faced criticism for its “democratic deficit”. 

Benjamin Cunningham, 23. Jul 2015, at 16:48

Digital revolution supports our growth

We are experiencing a revolution equal in scale to any previous industrial revolution.

22. Jul 2015, at 11:59
Calling a taxi if you don't speak Slovak is quite a challenge.
Foreigner in Bratislava

Blog: Hop on a taxi in the street - and pay more

THE EXPERIENCE of getting a taxi without calling the cab company first probably ranks among the first mistakes anyone new to Bratislava will make.  

21. Jul 2015, at 6:59
Andrej Babiš

Setting a low bar

FOR the second time, a Slovak court has ruled that it is not possible to prove that Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš worked as an agent for the communist-era secret police, the ŠtB. 

Benjamin Cunningham, 9. Jul 2015, at 15:46
For each mother, giving birth is A Major Event.
Foreigner in Slovakia

Blog: Maternity wards have a problem with attitude

Maternity wards in the Trnava and Bratislava regions were recently called out for violations of human rights. Were the claims exaggerated? A mother who gave birth both in Canada and Trnava compares.

Naomi Hužovičová, 7. Jul 2015, at 11:53

The EU-agenda: “Events, dear boy, events”

WHEN asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, then UK Prime-Minister Harold McMillan famously (and reportedly) answered: “Events, dear boy, events”.

1. Jul 2015, at 8:24

Disagreeable agreement

The Visegrad Four have faced criticism in recent years for a lack of unity, in particular over the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. But they appear firmly united on at least one matter – none of them like immigrants.…

Benjamin Cunningham, 26. Jun 2015, at 7:30

Who is living outside reality?

THERE are now 60 million displaced people in the world, the most ever recorded by the United Nations. Of those, 14 million fled last year alone. 

Tom Nicholson, 24. Jun 2015, at 9:36
Tale of the Gael - Irish Musicians celebrating Yeats in Bratislava 11 June 2015.

Commemorating Yeats and Štúr

On 11 June 2015, Ireland’s national poet William Butler Yeats was commemorated at a concert in the Zichy Palace in Bratislava in a tribute of music, poetry and song.

23. Jun 2015, at 10:54

A fine white day

Parading fascists and indulgent PM beg question: who here is “out of touch with reality”?

Tom Nicholson, 22. Jun 2015, at 13:53

Blog: Have you also been cheated by fundraisers?

On one evening I had to visit an out-of-hours pharmacy in Košice to collect some medicines. When I wanted to enter, a 60-year-old woman approached me and asked me to give her a few euros. She said she was in a…

19. Jun 2015, at 16:16

LGBTI Pride Month: A Time to Stand Together

Pride Month in June is a call to stand with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of…

16. Jun 2015, at 7:09

A question of rights

Human rights might seem an abstract concept in a hospital maternity ward, but in essence the issue is no more than basic human decency and compassion.

Michaela Terenzani, 16. Jun 2015, at 6:38


WEEKS ago Prime Minister Robert Fico – to much criticism – paid a visit to Moscow to commemorate the end of World War II. 

Benjamin Cunningham, 11. Jun 2015, at 13:49

Russia and Ukraine: stay the course

In recent months, Ukraine has receded from the news headlines in Slovakia. This is understandable, as other domestic issues such as the Váhostav crisis have been dominating headlines.

9. Jun 2015, at 8:24
Despite looking like a zombie playground, this is the playground at our local school.
Foreigner in Slovakia

Blog: Why my kids don’t have a playground

After a regime like socialism ends, a country moves on, restructures, and tries to build a new identity. There are some issues, however, that are difficult to resolve, like the complicated problem of land use. What…

Naomi Hužovičová, 8. Jun 2015, at 11:35

Now it's really time to quit smoking

Shamed, by the Chinese, into quitting smoking. How do you know it’s time to break the habit? When even Beijing – Beijing! – bans smoking in public places.

Tom Nicholson, 3. Jun 2015, at 16:25
Yes supporters in Ireland referendum.

Same sex shift

PUBLIC opinion in the West has shifted in favour of same sex marriage faster than on any major issue of recent memory. 

Benjamin Cunningham, 28. May 2015, at 16:44

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