Politics & society

Courts struggle with a backlog of cases.

New security clearances for judges implemented

THE FIRST set of judicial candidates that underwent controversial security clearances that came as part of a 2014 constitutional amendment, stood before the Judicial Council on September 28. 

Radka Minarechová, 2. Oct 2015, at 6:30
Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová

Interior Ministry reprimands Ombudswoman for misquoting police

AN INTERPRETER translating a police order from Slovak to English during the September 3 protest in Medveďov refugee camp did not say “put your hands on stôl” meaning ‘put your hands on the table’ as Ombudswoman’s…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Oct 2015, at 23:07

Government reluctant to change financing of churches

FOUR years ago the Government opened discussions about changes in the financing of churches, but these did not lead to any particular conclusion, and governing party Smer-SD does not plan to hold a debate on the…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Oct 2015, at 23:05
STU is strong in research.

Two Slovak universities make it to World Rankings

TWO SLOVAK UNIVERSITIES have been included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/16. The Slovak University of Technology (STU) Bratislava and Comenius University (UK) Bratislava ended…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Oct 2015, at 14:33
Monika Kavecká at the protest briefing

Medical workers prepare for mass resignations

MEDICAL workers launched an initiative on September 28 that might have serious consequences, as they are collecting signatures for a declaration on their readiness to hand in their resignations, Nurses’ and…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Oct 2015, at 7:32
British Ambassador Andrew Garth during a press briefing.

British Days in Poprad organised to promote English studies

BRITISH Days, an event aimed at promoting English studies and cooperation between the United Kingdom and eastern Slovakia, was opened by British Ambassador Andy Garth in the city of Poprad  in Prešov Region on…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Oct 2015, at 7:31

People close to SNS benefited from emission scandal, files show

THE EMISSION scandal, which shook the first Robert Fico government, was controlled from top positions at the Environment Ministry, at the time led by nominees of the Slovak National Party (SNS). 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2015, at 16:10
Vladimír Jánoš (l)

Justice minister will not file an appeal in MP’s alleged domestic abuse case

JUSTICE Minister Tomáš Borec will not submit a special appeal in the case of former Smer MP Vladimír Jánoš who was accused of abusing his wife.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2015, at 13:21

Scaffolding collapses on Bratislava trolleybus

SCAFFOLDING collapsed onto a trolleybus on August 29 Street in Bratislava on the afternoon of September 29. There were no reports of any injuries

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2015, at 6:43
Štefan Harabin (centre) and his former panel

Supreme Court: Police inspectorate is lawful

THE INTERIOR Ministry’s police corps inspectorate can continue to take action against police officers without having to be concerned about cases being thrown out by the courts.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2015, at 6:36
Bábkové Divadlo na Rázcestí
Updated: 1. Oct 2015, at 18:50

Kotleba scraps another grant for theatre

ANOTHER theatre in Banská Bystrica has recently seen its grant scrapped by regional Governor Marian Kotleba.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Sep 2015, at 6:30
Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová

Ombudswoman: Conflict in Medveďov refugee camp could have been avoided

POLICE action against protesting migrants in Medveďov refugee camp that took place on September 3 showed the unpreparedness of Slovak detention facilities to handle the refugee crisis. While conditions there…

Roman Cuprik, 29. Sep 2015, at 14:09
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Azerbaijani cigarette smuggler caught at Košice airport

SLOVAK customs officers caught an Azerbaijani national travelling from Kiev at the Košice airport on September 25 attempting to smuggle in almost 15,000 cigarettes.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Sep 2015, at 12:59

Fico unveils another social measure – heat insulation contribution

EVERYBODY who asks for a state contribution for heat insulation for their house should indeed get it, Prime Minister Robert Fico said when introducing another measure from the so-called government’s second social…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Sep 2015, at 6:47

Taxi drivers blocked centre of Bratislava in protest against Uber

SEVERAL dozen taxi drivers drove through the centre of Bratislava on Monday afternoon to express their discontent with the activities of the American company Uber as well as with the lack of fixed prices for taxi…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Sep 2015, at 6:33
Milan Kokavec

“Extending” implant replaces a bone

SLOVAK doctors implanted a modular telescopic endoprosthesis into a patient for the first time ever.

29. Sep 2015, at 6:15

Being Successful At Fundraising Means Planning Strategically

Some fundraisers need to plan everything right from the start, for others it is only during the rush of daily work with donors that they discover planning is vital in achieving greater effectivity.

28. Sep 2015, at 16:13
The High Tatras

Elderly Latvian hikers die on a hike in the Tatras

TWO female hikers from Latvia died in the High Tatra mountains during the night between Saturday and Sunday, probably of hypothermia, the Mountain Rescue Service (HZS), the TASR newswire wrote on September 27.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Sep 2015, at 13:29

Košice hosted third Rainbow Pride

THE “PRIDE Dúhové Košice / Košice Rainbow Pride event took place on theafternoon ofSeptember 26, with the slogan “The Rainbow Connects Together”, attended by about 200, mainly young, people.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Sep 2015, at 13:21

Slovaks attacked Chinese cyclist yelling “immigrant” at him

SEAN Yuen of Hong Kong has been travelling all around the world by bike and recently stopped in the Slovak city of Trnava. While camping in the city he was attacked by four people yelling words resembling…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Sep 2015, at 1:16

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