Politics & society

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Quote of the Week

“We don’t see any reason why people in the city of Banská Bystrica and in the region should suffer because of the fact that somebody has been elected experimentally as governor.”

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Feb 2015, at 17:57
Slovak Levies in their beginnings in 2012

Slovak extremists groups can produce rebels in Ukraine

THERE are several unofficial paramilitary groups running military trainings with non-lethal guns in Slovak forests and Martin Keprta, who used to take part in such exercises, now fights for pro-Russian separatists…

Roman Cuprik, 26. Feb 2015, at 15:24
Monument commemorating Vasil Biľak was tainted.

Prosecutor to deal with Biľak memorial vandalism

THE GENERAL Prosecutor’s Office will deal with a memorial to Vasil Biľak which was revealed on February 21 in his native village of Krajná Bystrá and then spray painted red the next night in protest.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Feb 2015, at 13:34
Film about the abduction of Michal Kováč Jr

Man tied to 1995 abduction case gets 14 years

FORMER elite police officer Ľuboš Kosík, who was allegedly involved in the abduction of former president Michal Kováč’s son back in 1995, has been sentenced to 14 years for forging promissory notes.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Feb 2015, at 13:30
Marian Kotleba became Banská Bystrica's governor.

Fico: Kotleba may lose power to tap EU funds

PRIME Minister Robert Fico said that the Banská Bystrica regional authority may see its decision-making powers concenring drawing of European Union funds taken away because of alleged idleness by Governor Marian…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Feb 2015, at 7:00
Heart surgeon Viliam Fischer

Doctor accused of bribery to plead guilty

HEART surgeon Viliam Fischer, recently accused of having accepted a considerable bribe, has decided to plead guilty, according to the Sme daily. It is an unexpected turn less than three weeks since the charges were…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Feb 2015, at 7:00

Harabin in court against public broadcaster

DAUGHTER of the deceased judge Marta Lauková, Zuzana, testified in court on February 24 in the case of ex-chair of the Judicial Council and former Supreme Court president Štefan Harabin’s lawsuit against…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Feb 2015, at 13:14
Marian Kotleba and his wife

Kotleba hires wife to check employee complaints

BANSKÁ Bystrica Regional Governor Marian Kotleba is facing further allegations of nepotism after it surfaced that apart from his two brothers he has recently provided work to his wife, Pravda daily reported February…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Feb 2015, at 7:00

Man suffering from swine flu dies

A 56-YEAR-OLD man suffering from H1N1 flu virus, or swine flu, died on February 24 in Rimavská Sobota hospital. The current flu season has claimed four lives thus far, the website of Sme daily reported on February…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Feb 2015, at 7:00
The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament.

SNS rises in the Polis poll

THE FEBRUARY poll carried out by Polis showed an increase in preferences for the non-parliamentary Slovak National Party (SNS) by 1.5 percentage points. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Feb 2015, at 12:57
Vladimír Crmoman

Teachers launched campaign against bullying

SOME 15 percent of Slovak teachers experience bullying on a regular basis, according to the Slovak Chamber of Teachers (SKU), which launched the Collection of Fear website February 13 to monitor the trend.

Roman Cuprik, 24. Feb 2015, at 10:07

Parking under castle sparks protest

RECONSTRUCTION of the Bratislava Castle and its vicinity continues, while one part of it, the construction of underground garages, has sparked negative emotions among architects as well as civic activists. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Feb 2015, at 7:31
Monument commemorating Vasil Biľak was tainted.

Monument of deceased communist leader sparks emotions

FORMER communist-time leader Vasil Biľak who died less than a year ago had a commemorative monument revealed in his home village, Krajné Bystré, on February 21. During the following night, it was painted over with…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Feb 2015, at 13:31
Every patient will have to wait in line.

Furore erupts over doctors’ fees

AMONG the six fees which patients will likely no longer pay to doctors as of April, scrapping charges for preferential examinations has led to the most emotional debate. 

Radka Minarechová, 23. Feb 2015, at 6:30
Christian Democratic Movement session

RTVS reporter in Alliance for Family ad, now KDH's spokeswoman

FORMER public-service Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) anchor Natália Žembová is set to become new spokeswoman forthe Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) as of February 20.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Feb 2015, at 13:44

Quote of the Week

“Who will give you €100,000 for one year? In this way I will earn that in prison.”

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Feb 2015, at 6:30
Anton Chromík

AZR, others launch petition against Human Rights Strategy

SLOVAK Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) promoting the protection of the family have asked the government to reject the nationwide Human Rights Promotion and Protection Strategy that was approved on February 18…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Feb 2015, at 13:31
Ivan Štefanec leaves SDKÚ

MEP Štefanec leaves SDKÚ

SLOVAK Member of European Parliament Ivan Štefanec left the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party on February 19, claiming that the party has ceased to function.  

19. Feb 2015, at 13:29
Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák
Updated: 23. Feb 2015, at 9:30

Government adopts human rights strategy

AFTER two years of disputes between NGOs focusing on human rights and those promoting conservative values the government of Robert Fico passed the nationwide Human Rights Promotion and Protection Strategy which set…

Roman Cuprik, 19. Feb 2015, at 8:25

Court employees launch strike

EMPLOYEES of 63 district and regional courts across Slovakia, as well as the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok are set to go on strike February 19.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Feb 2015, at 8:24

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