Anca Dragu

Anca Dragu

About author

Anca Dragu is a journalist with Radio Slovakia International, which broadcasts in Bratislava and its surroundings on 98.9FM in six languages from 6pm until 5am. More info at

List of authors articles

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One third of jobs in Slovakia are at risk of being lost due to automation.2. Oct 2019, at 20:40

Clients can switch their health insurer.

When bryndza is over… reality sinks in

Foreigners cannot avoid paying higher kindergarten fees. Where's the justice in that?10. Sep 2019, at 13:51

Integration/inclusion of Roma children is crucial, illustrative stock photo.

And the winner goes… into politics?!?

What would happen if math Olympic medalists used their bright minds to try to lead local and central state institutions?13. Aug 2019, at 21:26

Four Prešov students shine in science around the world with outstanding projects.

Čaputová says "inhabitants". What does that say about her?

Politicians set the tone of the conversation for good or for worse.19. Jun 2019, at 14:30

To return or not return?

What do Slovaks living and working in Ireland say about the possibility of moving back to Slovakia?15. May 2019, at 17:01

Illustrative stock photo

Blog: What about parking slots for “brains”?

Will the state of biomedical research trigger reactions at least half as passionate as Bratislava's parking policy?17. Apr 2019, at 17:52

Illustrative stock photo

Blog: Open those windows, please

It can bring about some real changes.20. Mar 2019, at 16:59

Supreme Court judge Štefan Harabin.

Blog: Feeling at home

Searching for a flat in Bratislava, I was told things I did not expect to hear in 2019 anymore.20. Feb 2019, at 17:56

The Other Slovakia

Blog: “Who” instead of “where”

Why is it that only third-country nationals have to undergo a check for communicable diseases when Slovaks returning from holidays can bring back viruses and bacteria?31. Jan 2019, at 9:13

Blog: And what a year it was

It is this closed-circle mentality that is the biggest challenge in Slovakia and the question of how much the events of this year have pushed for more openness is the most difficult one.27. Dec 2018, at 7:20

November 16, 2018 protest in Bratislava
The Other Slovakia

Blog: Beyond “The Invisible”

Journalist Anca Dragu urges foreigners to make politicians care by casting their votes in the upcoming municipal elections on November 10.18. Oct 2018, at 13:10

Regional election 2017
The Other Slovakia

Blog: My bubble, your bubble, our bubble

Like in the pre-1989 times, people seem to have returned to their bubbles, seeking a safe place to share their real thoughts and leave the world outside.11. Nov 2016, at 14:25

The Other Slovakia

Blog: Na zdravie!

To have alcohol producers among the sponsors of a health conference organised by the Health Ministry is a faux pas, as the French would say (with or without a glass of champagne in hand).14. Oct 2016, at 14:03

The Other Slovakia

Blog: Another day with empty streets

I arrived in Slovakia on January 6, 2000, after a whole night spent in the famous “Dacia” express train from Bucharest to Vienna. The streets were quite empty and most shops were closed.23. Sep 2016, at 9:25

The centre of Modra
The Other Slovakia

Blog: Slniečkars from all Slovakia, unite!

“How do you translate slniečkar in English?” I ask my Slovak colleague. “Ha! I don’t know what it exactly means in Slovak either.”19. Aug 2016, at 11:30

The Other Slovakia

Blog: Greetings from a country full of good ideas

Slovakia, the country of good ideas where “science is done only by some crazy enthusiasts”.22. Jul 2016, at 6:10

The Other Slovakia

Blog: Taxi!

Taking a taxi at 2am in Bratislava can lead to a very detailed “grass root” analysis of the labour market, education system and local mentality, a psychoanalytical peep into the lifestyle of Slovakia’s elite or a…24. Jun 2016, at 11:50

Calling a taxi if you don't speak Slovak is quite a challenge.
The Other Slovakia

Blog: Here is your scalpel, Miss

There are only three licenced female neurosurgeons currently in this country with a handful of others still in training.27. May 2016, at 13:05

The Other Slovakia

Blog: What's in a title?

Slovaks love titles, plenty of them, both in front and after their names, which creates comical situations, especially for foreigners who are not used to them.30. Apr 2016, at 6:00

Labour Minister Ján Richter ascribes the increase to the inflow of university graduates
The other Slovakia

Blog: Teta, will you bring Ronaldo here?

Two weeks after parliamentary elections I went to Revúca to test some of the hypotheses explaining the election results. I wonder how many of the 17 percent of locals who voted for the party of the regional governor…31. Mar 2016, at 9:44

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