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The right form of personal data protection is to be drawn primarily from the point of view of the data subject.


Blog: Slovakia’s time to shine is now

People may be able to recognise Slovakia’s neighbouring countries through associations with food, drinks, beautiful cities or well-known political events. But Slovakia remains very much "hidden".


The day that changed the Tatra mountains for goodPhoto

The windstorm damaged 12,000 hectares of woods on November 19, 2004.


Smer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivion

What does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party?


Valorisation mechanism changes

But not everybody is satisfied with some of the latest changes.


Modern luxury next to the Blue Church

Although modern in architecture, Bezručova Residence preserves Bratislava´s rich history through luxurious and innovative living.


My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.


Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Culture & lifestyle

Do you hear clinking? Bats are aroundPhoto

Bats are closer to people than we realize.


Top 3 stories from Last Week in SlovakiaVideo

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

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logging at Muránska Planina

Ecocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parks

Officially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.

The environmentalist that took on foresters and the state

Environmentalist and documentary film-maker Erik Baláž awarded White Crow for fighting for the survival of the Tichá and Kôprová valleys

Erik Baláž

Slovakia commemorates the fall of communism

Several events mark the 28th anniversary of the November protests.

The memorial tablet on the main building of the Comenius University (UK) in Bratislava

The freight train from China arrives in Bratislava.

First trial freight train from China arrives in Bratislava Photo

The plan is to dispatch as many as 500 such trains next year

IT community to evaluate state projects

The experts are ready to monitor projects linked to state IT from the very beginning.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia may get 5G network between 2020 and 2022

Orange has already clinched strategic partnerships on collaboration with NOKIA and Ericsson

In Zvolen, in Nitra, near Brezno, there are billboards in which Kotleba thanks voters for support.

Kotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizens

There is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections.

Graver threat than the fascists

The paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.

L-R: SaS' Richard Sulík and OĽaNO' Igor Matovič

Good news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune response

There are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.

Marian Kotleba (L) and his ĽSNS party members, supporters

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Planning to settle in Slovakia? You will need to speak some Slovak

Free language courses available for foreigners living in the capital.

Slovakia joins PESCO initiative

PESCO membership will present an opportunity for Slovakia to bolster its defence capabilities

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, centre, poses with EU foreign and defense ministers after signing the notification on Permanent Structure Cooperation (PESCO) on November 13 in Brussels.

Fallen soldiers of World War I remembered in Slovakia Photo

In the Slovak capital and four other cities, the end of World War I and those killed were commemorated November 11.

The commemorative feast on International veterans Day, at war cemetery in Petržalka-Kopčany, November 11.

The Ondrej Nepela ice-hockey stadium

Ice-hockey stadium revamp requires €5 million

Adjustments are required by the International Ice Hockey Federation who changed the criteria for holding world championship matches

Slovaks ended the year with a victory Video

The Tuesday friendly match in Trnava meant a farewell to Slovak centre-back, Ján Ďurica, who ended his national team career with his 91st match.

Ján Ďurica leaving the national football team in the November 14, 2017 match.

Slovak Vlhová wins slalom opener at Levi Video

The Slovak skier who surprised everyone last season opens this season with a victory.

Petra Vlhová rejoices after her victory in first World Cup race in Finnish Levi, November 11.