Politics & society

Maroš Žilinka (R) with independent opposition mP Daniel Lipšic (NOVA party).

KDH proposes Maroš Žilinka for NKÚ head, MP Fico is not against

CHRISTIAN-Democratic Movement (KDH) will most probably nominate prosecutor Maroš Žilinka for the post of Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) head. Current NKÚ head Ján Jasovský, nominated by the already split HZDS party, has…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. May 2015, at 13:35
A. Hrnčiar (R) with Most Híd's Béla Bugár

GP Čižnár intervenes against shell company’s claim towards city of Martin

GENERAL Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár filed an extraordinary appeal against a verdict of the Supreme Court, according to which the town of Martin should pay €8.3 million to a Cyprus-based shell company.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. May 2015, at 13:13
Park mládeže school staff Alena Bobáková (left) and Darina Tomková with Zem a vek magazine.

Conspiracy theory magazine used in school

THE UNITED STATES is a source of evil, chemotherapy is nothing more than pharmaceutical firms dealing death and mainstream journalists support Zionism. These are but some of the views espoused in Zem a vek (Earth…

Roman Cuprik, 4. May 2015, at 1:49
Pavol Pavlis (L)with his successor, Peter Kažimír (C)

Outgoing economy minister to be replaced by Finance Minister Kažimír

ONE of the deputy prime ministers of the Slovak government will be temporarily entrusted with managing the Economy Ministry, thereby covering the place left empty by the outgoing Pavol Pavlis, Prime Minister Robert…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Apr 2015, at 16:41
Pavol Pavlis

Pavlis ousted by nepotism allegations

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis announced he was stepping down as minister after his meeting with Prime Minister Robert Fico. 

Michaela Terenzani, 30. Apr 2015, at 12:48

Quote of the week

“Smer MPs each have more functions than a regular washing machine.”

30. Apr 2015, at 6:30
Illustrative stock photo

EC slams Slovakia for Roma discrimination in education

THE EUROPEAN Commission (EC) has adopted a tougher stance towards European Union-member states, including Slovakia, that discriminate against Roma communities, according to a document published on April 29.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Apr 2015, at 23:15

Comenius University up in the URAP ranking

THE COMENIUS University in Bratislava (UK) again improved its position in the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). It placed 474th, up by 21 positions.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Apr 2015, at 13:14

Court sends businessmen Salmanovs to prison

THE SUPREME Court sentenced Russian businessman Sergey Salmanov and his son Alexander to seven and six years in prison, respectively, in a bribing case.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Apr 2015, at 13:08
Many foreigners come to study in Slovakia.

Exercise: Slovakia lacks appropriate policy

This exercise is linked to the articles:  Slovakia lacks appropriate policy and Catholic charity aids refugees

Erik Rédli, 29. Apr 2015, at 6:30
Slovak policies are not very friendly to migrants.

Glossary: Slovakia lacks appropriate policy

Spectator College provides readers of The Slovak Spectator who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions from stories published as part of the Spectator…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Apr 2015, at 6:00

Slovaks are training Czech police how to treat Roma

WHILE Slovak police have faced criticism for their treatment of the Roma, especially during several settlement raids, they nonetheless are training their Czech counterparts on how to deal with ethnic minorities, the…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Apr 2015, at 22:21

Land fund representatives also got some soil

THE SLOVAK Land Fund (SFP) gave some soil also to its representatives, as revealed by an analysis of contracts carried out by the ethics watchdog Fair-Play Alliance.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Apr 2015, at 13:33

Municipalities to get €10 million to fight illegal waste dumps

THE GOVERNMENT should help municipalities with removing illegal waste dumps, with part of them possibly disappearing by the end of this year. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Apr 2015, at 13:22
President Andrej Kiska

President Kiska signs Lex Váhostav

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska signed on April 27 the revision to the Commercial Code that should make it possible to bail out unsecured creditors of the insolvent construction company Váhostav-SK. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Apr 2015, at 6:28

Some villages still without websites

THERE ARE still some municipalities in Slovakia, although not too many of them, that do not have their own websites. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Apr 2015, at 6:15
Health Minister Viliam Čislák

Minister Čislák survives no-confidence vote

AMIDST problems that health care in Slovakia has been facing for some time already, opposition MPs tried to oust Health Minister Viliam Čislák, who was allegedly trying to sweep health-care issues under the carpet,…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Apr 2015, at 13:22
Ján Figeľ

Vote on Figeľ’s ouster did not take place, allegedly unnecesary

IN THE complex case of the Váhostav construction company, one of the political victims should have been Ján Figeľ, former transport minister and current deputy speaker of parliament.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Apr 2015, at 13:19

Tax Cobra unit uncovers fraud worth €11.4 million

THE TAX Cobra tax enforcement unit uncovered five major attempts of tax fraud concerning VAT and excise taxes in the first quarter of 2015, with the overall potential damage reaching €11.4 million, Financial…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Apr 2015, at 6:36
Prime Minister Robert Fico

Poll: Smer's popularity falling

IF a general election had been held in mid April, the governing Smer party would still win with 34.7 percent of the vote, but this is down slightly from the month before according to the latest opinion poll carried…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Apr 2015, at 6:34

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