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“You are alone in the parliament, nobody wants to have anything to do with you.”

Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Apr 2015, at 6:00

European police coordinate speed checks on roadways

AS MANY as 22 European countries, including Slovakia, measured car speeds in locations recommended by citizens on April 16 as a part of preventive event called the Speed Enforcement Marathon, the Sme daily reports. …

Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Apr 2015, at 23:00

Roma leader gets prison time for vote buying scam

ONE LEADER of the Roma community in Veľký Meder, a town in the Trnava region, Štefan Faton will spend eight months in prison due to buying of votes in 2014 European Parliament election. His daughter-in-law Slávka…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Apr 2015, at 22:55
Dobroslav Trnka

Disciplinary committee again strips Trnka of prosecutor position

THE FIFTH disciplinary committee of the General Prosecutor’s Office at its April 15 session stripped former general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka of his job.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Apr 2015, at 23:32
Ján Figeľ wants KDH to capture 20 seats in parliament.

Smer initiates recalling KDH’s Figeľ over Váhostav scandal

THE RULING Smer party moved to recall the chairman of Christian-Democratic Movement, Ján Figeľ, as parliamentary deputy speaker April 15.

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

More Slovak music on radios proposed

THE SHARE of Slovak music broadcasted on private radio stations in Slovakia should be at least 20 percent a month as of next year, and at least 25 percent a month as of 2017. In the public-service broadcast it…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Apr 2015, at 13:12

Poll: Smer would need coalition to form government

IF a general election had been held in late March-early April, the governing Smer party would win with 37.4 percent of the vote, according to the latest opinion poll carried out by Focus polling agency.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Apr 2015, at 22:55

Gambling, slot machines can spur addiction

THERE were three pubs with slot machines in Madunice village in western Slovakia.  Whole Roma families regularly gathered in front of them waiting for head of the family to bring some money and many lost all of…

Roman Cuprik, 14. Apr 2015, at 16:46
Václav Krajník

Corrupt rector suspended

THE FORMER rector of the Police Corps Academy in Bratislava, Václav Krajník, accused of accepting bribes, officially concluded a plea bargain with the prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office and left with a…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Apr 2015, at 6:36
Prime Minister Robert Fico

PM Fico evaluated three years in power

PRIME Minister Robert Fico surprisingly delivered on April 13 an almost one-hour long evaluation of achievements his government reached during the first three years at the helm. He listed as the biggest successes of…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Apr 2015, at 6:23
(From left to right) Independent MP Alojz Hlina, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) chief Igor Matovič and NOVA leader Daniekl Lipšic during anti-corruption protest in November 2014.

Opposition parties discuss coalition at SaS congress

REPRESENTATIVES of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), NOVA and Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO)parties, who have for some been time been tipped to forge a coalition for the parliamentary election in…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Apr 2015, at 6:59
Some peple gathered at Slavin in Bratislava brought ani-NATO banners.

Communist supporters boo Kiska at WWII event

MOST of people, who attended commemoration of 6,845 men and women buried at the Slavín War Memorial on April 4, the day when Bratislava was liberated, came with civic association Chart 2015, which is close to…

Roman Cuprik, 9. Apr 2015, at 16:18

Study highlights Slovakia's aging population

THOUGH Slovakia is now among the three youngest countries of the European Union, it is on pace to become one of the oldest nations by 2060.

Radka Minarechová, 9. Apr 2015, at 14:39
Ján Mikulič, Július Orbán and Peter Golej at a press conference (R to L).

Bratislava transport unions warn of strike

THE PROPOSED budget for the city of Bratislava, if approved, could result in a reduction in the salaries of employees of Bratislava Public Transport Company (DPB), redundancies and threats to the regular maintenance…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Apr 2015, at 14:37
Justice Minister Tomáš Borec

Judiciary to get extra €45 million over two years

THE COUNTRY'S judiciary is to benefit from an additional €45 million over the next two years, after an agreement between Justice Minister Tomáš Borec and Finance Minister Peter Kažimír on April 8.

8. Apr 2015, at 23:46
Orava Castle

Historian looks into emigration from Orava

EMIGRATION used to be an extensive phenomenon in poorer regions of today’s Slovakia, forming the current face of the country. Historian Juraj Laššuth from Dolný Kubín has looked at this trend around the turn of 19th…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Apr 2015, at 16:34

Slovakia will continuously monitor security for Ukraine

SLOVAKIA adopted a decision that it is necessary to introduce a new systemic measure securing that Slovakia will avoid any threats in association with the situation in Ukraine. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Apr 2015, at 13:23
Health Minister Viliam Čislák

Opposition will try to dismiss the health minister

HEALTH Minister Viliam Čislák will face a no-confidence motion five months after being appointed.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Apr 2015, at 13:19
Protesters standing in front of Presidential Palace.

Petition urges President Kiska to veto bill on waste

THE PROSECUTOR Office received a petition on March 7 that contains over 6,500 signatures urging head of state Andrej Kiska to refer a recently-passed Waste Act back to Parliament, the TASR newswire learnt from…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Apr 2015, at 8:45
A man from Roma settlement in Vrbnica shows his bruises allegedly caused by police.

Roma allege police brutality in eastern Slovak village

BRUISED and wounded legs and backs were on full display for television cameras the day before Easter as a group of Roma from the eastern-Slovak village of Vrbnica complained of an inappropriate police raid.

Michaela Terenzani, 7. Apr 2015, at 13:20

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