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How the Velvet Revolution happened (timeline)

Day-by-day overview of the fall of totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia.

December 9, 1989 in Bratislava.  Emigrants like the secretary general of the World Congress of Slovaks, Dušan Tóth, Czech singer Karel Kryl and mime Milan Sládek attended.
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Opinion

Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?

Opinion

1989 taught us that we the people are powerful

But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson.

A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.
Opinion

I was in the frontline because it reflected what I felt inside

One of the leaders of the 1989 student movement, Anton Popovič, remembers the fall of the totalitarian regime.

November 21 gathering of students at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
Culture & lifestyle

The Velvet Revolution embodies a peaceful change

Professor Ľubica Lacinová remembers her life before and after 1989.

A total of 11 hand-written large-format banners are placed on the facade of the Esterházy Palace of the Slovak National Gallery (SNG)in Bratislava in November 2019. They were created by Tomáš Gažovič as part of a digital project entitled Time-Description 1989 (Čas-opis 1989) and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
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Business

Slovaks live better now than before 1989, statistics show

But many people still yield to myths about the communist regime and nostalgia.

The range of products at shops during the previous regime was significantly smaller than it is today.
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1989: I knew immediately that Sľúbili sme si lásku would be a hit

People in the streets weren’t damaged by the regime; it rather annoyed, tired and disgusted them, said the singer songwriter of the 1989 revolution anthem.

Ivan Hoffman
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Culture & lifestyle

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 15 and November 24, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

	
Rudolf Schenker, from left, Matthias Jabs and Klaus Meine, of the band Scorpions perform at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
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UPDATED: Road accident near Nitra claims 12 lives

Pellegrini is considering a national mourning on Friday.

Far-right ĽSNS has only one MEP left in Brussels

Former judge Miroslav Radačovský says he will not cooperate with the party following an argument over money.

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Kotleba and Harabin will not join forces before the election

Harabin’s party want to address Smer, the SNS and Sme Rodina.

Marian Kotleba (l) and Štefan Harabin (r)
The construction of the D4 motorway near Bratislava

Incomplete Bratislava ring road reports another problem

The embankment has failed loading tests.

Volkswagen pays the most taxes in Slovakia

Four companies paid more than €100 million in taxes and levies.

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Slovak economy keeps decelerating

It is already the second negative surprise this year, analysts say.

The Slovak Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) and carmakers in Slovakia are not happy about the government's lack of care when it comes to the implementation of government measures, which are supposed to help the car industry in Slovakia

Paneláky are an irony of history

Many older Slovaks are nostalgic of the job security and the flats they got “from the state for free” before 1989.

All the things that were left overdue

Last week brought a resignation and a half-hearted opposition deal.

Deputy Speaker Martin Glváč (left) and Smer chair Robert Fico (right) held a press conference on October 29, 2019

Abandon hope all ye who enter Threema

Kočner's underworld will not cease to exist with his mere sentencing.

Marian Kočner (r) faces charges for, among others, forging promissory notes.
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Slovakia and the Czech Republic connected with new bridge

Crossing the border is easier for cyclists and pedestrians.

New towers near Hrhov are ideal for birdwatchers

Birdwatching in southern Slovakia is now easier.

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Some hiking trails in the High Tatras are closed

The region has still much to offer.

The opening of the Studia Academica Slovaca (SAS) summer school on August 6, 2018, in the Assembly Hall of Comenius University in Bratislava
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Your guide to learning Slovak

Expat Ali recommends Slovak-language courses in Bratislava.

Movie set in space is down to earth

Ad Astra explores the complicated dynamic between a father and a son.

Brad Pitt in Ad Astra

Historic bathhouse Grössling gears up for reconstruction

Bratislava is looking for new functions the facility can gain while looking for inspirations in ancient baths in Budapest.

Grössling opened to the public in late 2018.
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Henrieta Farkašová (l) and her guide Natália Šubrtová

Slovak skier named world’s best Paralympic athlete of 2019

This award reflects how successful the Paralympic season was for me, Henrieta Farkašová said at the ceremony.

Aeromodelling World Champion: State aid can’t even cover basic expenses

Ján Littva must fend for himself despite having won the second most titles in the history of his sport.

Ján Littva wants to organise a world championship in aeromodelling at his private airport.
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Košice marathon won by Kenyan Kipsambu

A record was broken in the women’s category.

Hillary Kibiwott Kipsambu (centre), the winner of the 96th edition of the International Peace Marathon in Košice. Shumet Mengistu of Ethiopia (left) finished second, followed by Tsegay Tuemay of Eritrea (right).
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