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

Pass a Slovak language dictation so you can work with foreigners

The draft migration policy proposal is out. Where does a foreigner find the official, certified list of cultural realities and traditions they are supposed to respect?26. Nov 2020, at 7:00

Some problems with the Foreigners’ Police continue.

The sad reality behind the masks

When the coronavirus epidemic is gone, we will have to deal with an epidemic of obesity and dementia.27. May 2020, at 11:55

Face masks are obligatory in Slovakia.

Mama Mia

A farewell to the woman who sabotaged Communism by knitting sweaters.22. Apr 2020, at 14:10

On winning battles and losing wars

The election result has brought some bad news for foreigners living in Slovakia.4. Mar 2020, at 16:12

The banality of evil

As I followed the murder trial in person, I started wondering if and when Slovak society would sincerely begin to look into the mirror.30. Jan 2020, at 5:54

Marian Kočner

A great past but not such a bright present

How come despite its tourism potential and an industrial park nearby, Kežmarok has an unemployment rate three times higher than Slovakia's average?10. Dec 2019, at 12:31

The town of Kežmarok, 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 1989.11. Nov 2019, at 11:44

Buying time

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