Politics & society

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Fico’s new assistant posed nude for calendar

PRIME Minister Robert Fico's new assistant Mária Trošková as a model in the past and her nude photos were published in a magazine for men and a calendar, the Denník N daily reported March 2.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Mar 2015, at 15:21

Monopoly threatens the book market

TOGETHER 24 Slovak publishers signed a joint statement in which they protest against the monopolisation of the Slovak market for books.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Mar 2015, at 12:51

Court acquits cops in Roma abuse case

THE KOŠICE District Court declined to admit a video in which police officers at Košice-South station bullied and humiliated Roma boys in March 2009 as evidence and acquitted the police February 27. 

Roman Cuprik, 4. Mar 2015, at 11:26
Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis

Minister Pavlis tied to firm with millions in city contracts

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis was allegedly involved in a cleaning company called Inexsys which was cleaning the Staré mesto Bratislava district for around €8.3 million, the Sme daily reported on March 3.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Mar 2015, at 6:33
Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Interior Ministry tables intelligence services reform bill

THE SLOVAK Intelligence Service (SIS) will see its name change to the Civilian Intelligence Office (UCS) according to a bill that the Interior Ministry has submitted for inter-ministerial comments, the TASR newswire…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Mar 2015, at 6:33

Biľak’s bust gets lost

THE DAMAGED bust from the memorial of communist-era leader Vasil Biľak which was raised in Krajná Bystrá (Prešov Region) in late February and painted in red just a day after being revealed, was stolen.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Mar 2015, at 13:27

16 people have already died during flu epidemic

THIS YEAR'S flu season seems to be harsher than the last. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Mar 2015, at 6:16
Justice Minister Tomáš Borec

Justice minister may resign over budget

JUSTICE Minister Tomáš Borec can imagine that he will resign unless money for an increase in his ministry’s budget and a pay rise for court clerks are realised. 

3. Mar 2015, at 6:04
Mainly-Roma borough of Košice.

Ex-officers suspected of bullying Roma minors acquitted by court

THE KOŠICE District Court acquitted former police officers prosecuted for the bullying of Roma boys that allegedly occurred on March 21, 2009, at a Košice police station.     

Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Mar 2015, at 13:16

Minister seeks to modernise education

While Education Minister Juraj Draxler does not have a full four-year tenure to implement his plans for Slovakia’s education sector, as he took up the ministerial post only last November and there is just more than…

Jana Liptáková, 2. Mar 2015, at 6:30
Marian Kotleba and his wife

Regional agencies defend hiring of Kotleba's wife

THE POSITIONS of Banská Bystrica Region (BBSK) and Banská Bystrica Regional Administration of Roads (BBRSC) on the hiring of the BBSK far-right Governor Marian Kotleba's spouse Frederika as the BBRSC official for…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Feb 2015, at 15:36
Minister Ján Richter

Strategy seeks to increase employment

Critics say plan lacks pecific policies, benchmarks

Radka Minarechová, 27. Feb 2015, at 6:30
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

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