Politics & society

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

The state may inform people about data collection

IMAGINE if you received an official letter in the post in which the state informed you that it has collected data about you - concerning whom you have phoned and where and when you were according to GPS data. You…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jul 2015, at 6:44

Volunteering moves to the mainstream

Society benefits, but so do volunteers who improve their skills and employment prospects.

Erik Rédli, 3. Jul 2015, at 6:30
Starting early with English.

What makes a language teacher good

One need not be American or British to teach English well.

Erik Rédli, 3. Jul 2015, at 6:18

Pan-European University's law school can still accept students

PAN-EUROPEAN University’ s law school filed a complaint against the halting of the accreditation of the University’s Faculty of Law for programmes of both bachelor and magister degrees. The court subsequently…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jul 2015, at 6:06
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Slovakia pushes through the voluntary principle

“A BIG diplomatic victory” – this is how Prime Minister Robert Fico described the results of the June 25-26 European Council summit in Brussels whose participants dropped the proposal to introduce mandatory quotas…

Radka Minarechová, 2. Jul 2015, at 16:52
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Activists warn of too many pesticides in soil

THE GREENPEACE environmental organisation has warned against the excessive use of pesticides in Slovak soil, and called on the Agriculture Ministry to take action to reduce them.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Jul 2015, at 12:48
Štefan Harabin

Interior minister takes action against Harabin’s disputable verdict

INTERIOR Minister Robert Kaliňák will seek the dismissal of the disputable ruling issued by the Supreme Court panel led by Štefan Harabin with which he cast doubt on the Interior Ministry inspection.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Jul 2015, at 12:46
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Parliament greenlights measures to prevent segregation

SPECIAL educational needs due to disability will no longer be legally on par with special education based on a socially disadvantaged background, as parliament approved an amendment to the Education Act which also…

1. Jul 2015, at 12:53
The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament.

Smer is the richest party

THE RICHEST parliamentary party in Slovakia is the ruling Smer, which owns property worth some €9.45 million.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Jul 2015, at 12:47
ÚPN head Ondrej Krajňák following the verdict of the court in favour of Babiš.

Babiš wins over ÚPN, for good

ANDREJ Babiš did not consciously collaborate with the pre-1989 secret service. That is the final verdict in the case of the current Czech finance minister versus the Nation’s Memory Institute. 

Michaela Terenzani, 1. Jul 2015, at 10:30
One of the previous exercises at Lešť.

Lešť will be expanded

THE DEFENCE Ministry wants to build the new specialised training centre and also a new accommodation and eating facility in the military area Lešť in Banská Bystrica Region.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Jul 2015, at 7:27
The Glance House apartment building

Police complete investigation of the Glance House case

AFTER 950 days the police closed investigation of the Glance House case, in which former general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka enabled the transfer of the block residential building to the hands of a company close to…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Jul 2015, at 7:18

Foreign organisations protest against police brutality

THE SLOVAK government has not paid much attention to the investigation into the June 19, 2013 police raid in Roma settlement Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou. Instead, the government is commenting on events before…

Roman Cuprik, 30. Jun 2015, at 15:02
Igor Matovič (l) and Daniel Lipšic (r)

OĽaNO and NOVA join forces before the general elections

THE ORDINARY People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) and NOVA movement will run jointly in the general election in March 2016, their leaders Igor Matovič and Daniel Lipšic, respectively, told the press on June…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jun 2015, at 14:31

Summer holidays for pupils start

MOST pupils at primary and secondary schools received their year-end school reports on June 30. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jun 2015, at 14:24
The number of children born in 2014 was by 210 higher than in 2013.

Slovakia’s population hits record of 5.421 million

THE NUMBER of inhabitants of Slovakia stood at around 5.421 million at the end of last year, the highest figure in the country’s history, the Statistics Office announced on June 29.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jun 2015, at 6:34
President Andrej Kiska

Highlights of Kiska’s first year

June 15, 2014 President Andrej Kiska swore the presidential oath and took up his office. 

Radka Minarechová, 29. Jun 2015, at 7:05
Kiska suprised analysts with his foreign policy skills. Here, he shares a laugh with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

Kiska: one-year review

“WE HAVE found ourselves at a critical time, where it’s necessary to restore the trust of citizens in the state,” President Andrej Kiska said in his state of the republic address. 

Michaela Terenzani, 29. Jun 2015, at 6:00
2% assignment raise money for various activities.

NGOs reach assignation agreement with FinMin

Memorandum clears way for more consistent rules on tax donations.

Erik Rédli, 29. Jun 2015, at 5:30

Quote of the week

“I am not a sanctimonious human rights person, I am a pragmatic politician.”

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Jun 2015, at 6:30

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