Politics & society

Education Minister Juraj Draxler (l) and Ľubor Fišera (r)

Universities could lose accreditation

THE NUMBER of universities in Slovakia could be reduced if five schools fail to rectify their shortfalls found by the state Accreditation Commission.

Radka Minarechová, 4. Sep 2015, at 6:30
Agriculture Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek

Quote of the week

“I am hearing about it for the first time; I cannot comment on it now.”

4. Sep 2015, at 6:30
Car involved in crash.

Polish van involved in fatal crash was carrying 23 Syrians

THE POLISH van that collided with a Slovak car on September 3, killing a 32-year-old backseat passenger, was carrying 23 Syrians (20 men and three minors), who attempted to escape from the scene, Martin Wäldl from…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2015, at 22:37
ID cards will have to be replaced, too.

Sweeping change of personal identification numbers is costly

AFTER A hundred years, simple personal identification numbers (given to newborns reflecting their date of birth and sex) that are used now and are easy to remember, should end.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2015, at 18:56
Prison, illustrative stock photo.

For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail

FOR THE first time in Slovakia’s history, two convicts sentenced to life in prison may be released on parole.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2015, at 13:24
Richnava

Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement

POLICE officers came under attack by locals at a Roma settlement near Richňava in Košice Region on September 1. Police were summoned to the settlement by paramedics because of a brawl that erupted between…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2015, at 7:00
Martin Novotný

Former PM’s aide and ex-ambassador go to jail after all

A FORMER aide of ex-premier Iveta Radicova, Martin Novotný, and former ambassador to Kenya Igor Liška, who were convicted by a Supreme Court senate of corruption relating to the renovation of a biathlon course in…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2015, at 7:00

New school year begins

NEARLY 2,250 primary and more than 850 secondary schools open their doors on September 2.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Sep 2015, at 13:29
PM Robert Fico and his wife Svetlana

Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico and his wife do not have and have never had any banking accounts in Belize, and do not hold any stake and do not have managerial control in any company registered in Belize.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Sep 2015, at 13:22
Banská Bystrica region governor Marian Kotleba stopped by police on his way to the village of Gabčíkovo

Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo

FIREFIGHTERS had a training at the exact place where dozens of extremists were heading to protest against placing 500 asylum seekers from Austria at the Gabčíkovo village refugee camp. That is the official reason…

Roman Cuprik, 2. Sep 2015, at 6:02
Judge Milan Karabín

Judge Karabín dies on holiday

SUPREME Court Judge Milan Karabín died at the age of 65 during his holiday in Turkey.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Sep 2015, at 5:20
Štefan Harabin

Harabin sits on a new panel

FORMER Supreme Court president Štefan Harabin has ultimately lose his panel and become a member of a new one which will be led by one of his biggest critics.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Sep 2015, at 6:23
SIAF 2015

SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots

SLOVAK International Air Fest (SIAF) 2015, the biggest air show in the country, took place between August 29 and 30 and attracted almost 140,000 visitors who were offered static and dynamic demonstrations and…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2015, at 13:56
Black flags mark the SNP anniversary in Banská Bystrica.

SNP anniversary in Banská Bystrica featured black flags

SLOVAKIA commemorates the 71st anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the key moments in Slovakia’s World War II history, when rebels in the Nazi-allied Slovak state stood up to the oppressive…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2015, at 13:28

Police charge school staff over death of schoolboy

THE SLOVAK Catholic Schools Association (ZKŠS) have issued a statement in defence of staff from the United Primary School in the Bratislava borough of Karlova Ves who are facing charges relating to responsibility…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2015, at 21:57
Jozef Šóth

Parents, autistic children must often cope alone

SEEING little help from state Jozef Šóth, the father of an autistic son Andrej, and other parents created a special facility for autistic adults in Drahuškovo in 2007. The centre fights for its own survival year to…

Roman Cuprik, 27. Aug 2015, at 20:14
There are about 120 old industrial waste dumps in Slovakia.

Pollution from communist era remains a problem

LEAKING toxic pollution from the old chemical waste dump in Bratislava’s Vrakuňa neighbourhood has already contaminated local ground water and continues to spread. 

Jana Liptáková, 27. Aug 2015, at 20:00
Education Minister Juraj Draxler and Ľubor Fišera

Five Slovak universities may lose their title

After a complex accreditation procedure five universities in Slovakia may lose their titles. Education Minister Juraj Draxler along with Ľubor Fišera, the head of the Accreditation Commission, presented results of…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Aug 2015, at 13:40
New warning labels on cigarette packages.

New cigarette warnings coming to Slovakia

AFTER several weeks of summer vacation the government had a productive session on August 26 passing several major changes in legislation including the introduction of the criminal prosecution of firms, the creation…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 23:21
Petra Polnišová

Actress Polnišová talks immigration, human rights

PETRA Polnišová is a popular comic actress in Slovakia and since her partner and father of her two sons is French Matthieu Darras, she spends part of her life in France. She admits that she is a foreigner in France,…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Aug 2015, at 16:38

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