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Giving a voice to those unheard

The Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.

News

The Sme daily celebrates 25th anniversary

The newspaper, which was established as a protest against autocratic power, has been published for 25 years.

Business

Ryanair changes its cabin bag policy as of Monday, January 15th

The low-cost airline operates dozens routes from Bratislava.

Sport

Sagan starts the season off well, winning the People’s Choice ClassicVideo

The Slovak cyclist is the first foreign racer to win this event since 2015.

Business

Decentralisation is coming to energy

The latest trends in the sector include smart systems, local source and renewable energy.

International

Slovakia declared safe for US tourists

The US Department of State wants to provide travellers with clear, timely, and reliable information.

Culture & lifestyle

What are the top 10 places in the Bratislava Region?Video

A documentary series of 10 videos raises questions as to whether we can produce the same good wine as our ancestors, what the life of a foreigner who does not speak Slovak is like and why people move out of…

News

Lexa directed the abduction. A full statement by Ľuboš Kosík from Africa

Former SIS member Kosík confirmed for the Sme daily in December that he was a member of the commando that kidnapped the president’s son.

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The hall serving as the waiting room at the Foreigners’ Police Department in the town of Dunajská Streda.

Foreigners have to wait even outside Bratislava

The queue machine stops issuing tickets due to a high number of applicants at the Foreigners’ Police Department in Dunajská Streda.

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Tension between Kiska and Smer continues.


Samsung Voderady

Samsung considers leaving (UPDATED)

The company might relocate one of its plants unless hiring foreigners gets easier in Slovakia.

IFP: Slovakia’s convergence with EU economy slower than before crisis

It was significantly affected by a massive increase in Ireland’s real GDP.

Slovakia enjoyed one of its best years for attracting investments in 2017

The government is changing investment stimuli policy to attract more R&D and new technologies.

The Amazon returns centre in Sereď

Czech President Miloš Zeman (l) and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska (r) in Bratislava in 2014.

Zeman is missing

Even if you are someone who liked Zeman for being Zeman, that is not the guy running for president in 2018.

Blog: Embrace 2018 with hope and happiness

The week of Silvester festivities was filled with a dizzying array of foods and activities, while I slept in the basement. The Accidental Hotelier reports about the holiday season in Osturňa.

Holiday mood in Osturňa

United we stand strong

We realise it will not be easy, but we know what we want to achieve and know we can do it, Ambassador Yordanka Chobanova writes as Bulgaria starts its first EU Council Presidency.

Yordanka Chobanova, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bratislava

'Customers' at the Alien Police in Petržalka face a long wait.

Government approves changes in Slovakia’s policy towards foreigners

Among other things, conditions for third-country nationals will change to comply with the 2016 EU directive.

Slovakia will support further European integration

At the same time, graft scandals will continue to erode approval ratings for conventional parties, paving the way for fringe parties and protest groups to gain influence, according to the BMI Research analysis.

L-R: Danko, Kiska, Fico met and united over crucial issues at Bratislava Castle, October 23.

Invalids abused and forced to beg

The human traffickers responsible may spend up to 12 years in prison.

Illustrative stock photo

Ancient board game has no parallel in Europe

The game was found in the tomb of a Germanic prince in Poprad.

Veľký Rozsutec is open, just don´t forget your climbing irons Photo

One of the most photogenic mountains in the Malá Fatra range is open in the winter, too.

Veľký Rozsutec, a photo from the mountain top.

Opera Ball opens 2018 season Photo

The popular Opera Ball continues its mission to help disabled children.

Actress Božidara Turzonovová was the host of the Opera Ball 2018.

Peter Sagan and his wife Katarína Saganová

Sagan’s son may be baptised by the Pope

The Slovak cyclist is expected to meet with Pope Francis in a private audience. He will gift a bicycle.

UEFA included two Slovaks among biggest talents for 2018

The international football association put two Slovaks on the list of most promising talents for 2018, which is a huge honour.

Hancko (L) in the U21 Slovak team.

Slovak biathlete ranks first with a big lead Video

Anastasiya Kuzmina has great form prior to the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Anastasiya Kuzmina