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No direction

The beginning of the end: Even Smer’s greatest strategic asset, unity, is splintered as MEPs openly criticise the party’s direction — or lack thereof. Benjamin Cunningham , 30. Sep 2016, at 9:00

Is Robert Fico losing direction?

Lajčák a relevant UN candidate with little chance

The only thing that Fico could have done for Lajčák in Kremlin is the promise that Russia will not veto him. Peter Schutz , 29. Sep 2016, at 15:59

Miroslav Lajcak with PM Robert Fico.
Nice Driveway!

Ever-decreasing circles

As the ruling party sheds a senior member, the question of what it stands for remains unanswered. James Thomson 28. Sep 2016, at 13:24

Robert Kalinak and Robert Fico.

Blog: International Migration: A Driver of Human Evolution?

From departure to return, we are witnessing the birth of new global Slovakia. One Slovak at a time. Zuzana Palovic 23. Sep 2016, at 12:30

International students travel to attend world leading universities. So they did in the past.
The Other Slovakia

Blog: Another day with empty streets

I arrived in Slovakia on January 6, 2000, after a whole night spent in the famous “Dacia” express train from Bucharest to Vienna. The streets were quite empty and most shops were closed. Anca Dragu 23. Sep 2016, at 9:25

The centre of Modra

Who are the last defenders of Europe?Plus

The European dream has always been most threatened by politicians who got stuck halfway from autocracy to democracy. Beata Balogová , 15. Sep 2016, at 18:00

The start of the Visegrad cooperation in 1991: Presidents Lech Walesa, Árpád Göncz, and Václav Havel. (in the centre)

Everything there is to know about goodbye sex

In Slovak, ‘goodbye sex’ is now what a client-turned-employee of a drug rehabilitation centre does to a 14-year-old girl in his care. Michaela Terenzani , 15. Sep 2016, at 14:43

Abuse instead of protection

The suspicions of sexual and mental abuse suggest this was not an isolated case. Beata Balogová , 15. Sep 2016, at 11:40

Hell in Slovakia

White majority remains indifferent to horrific experiences of non-white visitors. Tom Nicholson , 9. Sep 2016, at 9:00

Blog: ‘The Kiss Of Judas’: Will the heart of Europe be sacrificed once more?

Slovakia has been recently tipped off as a country to watch by George Friedman, a geopolitical forecaster. 8. Sep 2016, at 17:42

Bratislava offered a number of luminous events during the night before the beginning of the presidency.

In a black hole - again

It gives no one who loves this country any pleasure to see a Slovak leader lumped together with bug-eyed bigots like Wilders and Trump. Tom Nicholson , 7. Sep 2016, at 7:15

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

We are still friends after Brexit

The UK will continue to work with its partners overseas to tackle the most important issues of the day. 6. Sep 2016, at 6:30

Demonstrators opposing Britain's exit from the European Union in Parliament Square in London.

Strange sort of statemanship

Politicians from Central Europe led opposition to the quota policy, which was approved at the European Union level, and now like to point to its failure as proof of their own wisdom. In fact their refusal to… Benjamin Cunningham , 3. Sep 2016, at 17:00

Nice Driveway!

Road to nowhere?

Bratislava should be a great place to cycle around, and maybe one day it will be. But for now, there are still a few obstacles for the urban cyclist. James Thomson 2. Sep 2016, at 10:15

Štúrova Street in Bratislava.

How not to celebrate the SNP

There had been a lot of talk about increased focus on preventing extremism when the current ruling coalition was put together. Michaela Terenzani , 1. Sep 2016, at 18:25

In 1944 thousands of people made a heroic gesture. And today?

The Slovak National Uprising was successful morally rather than in military terms. People understood that in a certain moment one can no longer just watch and wait for a satisfactory resolution, that others will do… Michal Havran , 30. Aug 2016, at 10:21

Leaving Slovakia is not easy

Canadian diplomat leaves Slovakia after five years, sums up her impressions. 30. Aug 2016, at 7:05

Kathy Bunka and Isabelle Savard prepare to cook up a storm, in a 2012 series Cooking with Ambassadors.

SNP was a significant moment in history

The story of US-Slovak military cooperation began with the Slovak National Uprising. 29. Aug 2016, at 7:30

Kathie Baranski Lund answers the questions of journalists at a wreath-laying ceremony for Captain Baranski at Sliač Airfield.
The Other Slovakia

Blog: Slniečkars from all Slovakia, unite!

“How do you translate slniečkar in English?” I ask my Slovak colleague. “Ha! I don’t know what it exactly means in Slovak either.” Anca Dragu 19. Aug 2016, at 11:30

Everybody’s problem

While Slovak politics do not match this larger model exactly, the current apolitical government certainly does and the recent collapse of Sieť is playing into the trend, while fuelling anger at politics generally. Benjamin Cunningham , 19. Aug 2016, at 6:30

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