About author

Michaela Terenzani was appointed editor-in-chief in 2015. She started writing for The Slovak Spectator as a freelancer in March 2007. Ms. Terenzani received her bachelor degree at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Trnava in 2006. During her studies she spent a semester at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus. In 2009, Ms. Terenzani received a joint MA degree in Euroculture from the University of Groningen and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

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Last Week in Slovakia

Government has learned little, hesitates to open school gates

Education is a question of rights. So is protesting against the government, but at what costs? Slovakia welcomes hefty investment that comes with a warning sign.23. Nov 2020, at 13:46

Pandemic is the hardest test since 1989. Let's stick together

President Zuzana Čaputová addressed the nation on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.16. Nov 2020, at 21:06

President Zuzana Čaputová
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The unbearable randomness of measure-lifting

Slovakia reports improved COVID numbers, government has eased measures. Coronavirus situation remains grim but macroeconomic stats and football provide some good news.16. Nov 2020, at 13:39

Cinemas, theatres, and churches can open as of Monday, November 16, but they are only allowed to let in 50 percent of their capacity of guests.

Slovakia needs a proper scheme of regional support

The fact that our society is starting to come to terms with corruption suspicions in highest places is a very positive message that things are changing.9. Nov 2020, at 17:02

Igor Vranka
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Testing eases tensions. Or does it?

Former police leadership ends up behind bars. Prime minister offers a questionable interpretation of results. Do not confuse Slovakia and Slovenia on Twitter as Biden wins.9. Nov 2020, at 12:52

PM Igor Matovič presents the results of the first round of the nationwide testing.
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Slovakia celebrated Halloween with long queues and millions of nasal swabs. What's next?

After initial concerns, everyone who wanted to could get tested in Slovakia over the past weekend. It is too early to say if the mass testing is a success story and will help the country avoid a lockdown.2. Nov 2020, at 8:23

The testing in Bratislava on October 31, 2020.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.30. Oct 2020, at 8:29

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Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.26. Oct 2020, at 12:24

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.
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PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.19. Oct 2020, at 11:45

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.
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Last chance before lockdown or Bergamo, government says

The government tightened up measures again, coalition leaders clashed over them. Foreign policy keeps going strong as Belarussian freedom fighter visits.12. Oct 2020, at 12:23

Masks will be compulsory out in the streets. The government hopes to contain the rising second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with its latest measures.
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On inconsistencies and national emergency (which is not a lockdown)

Ruling the country is all about containing the pandemic once again. Health minister says he no longer feels fully up to the task.5. Oct 2020, at 12:34

Health Minister Marek Krajčí (right) says he is only staying as minister because he feels the trust of PM Matovič (left) and the public.
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PM Matovič continues to test negative

The PM steps in as coronavirus numbers steeply rise. It has been a steady week for Slovakia's foreign policy.28. Sep 2020, at 10:55

PM Igor Matovič

Trust me, I’m not a politician

Central Europe’s finest populist practices are on display in Slovakia.24. Sep 2020, at 19:00

Boris Kollár and Igor Matovič during the coalition talks in March 2020.

We will make clear where we belong, foreign minister says

Minister Ivan Korčok outlined his foreign policy strategy to the MPs.24. Sep 2020, at 15:32

Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok
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Czechia neither red nor green, and leaks all over

Situation in Slovakia is getting worse, authorities start taking measures, albeit reluctantly. Next Generation EU plan leaks.21. Sep 2020, at 12:47

Entering Slovakia from the Czech Republic through the border crossing in Holíč, western Slovakia.
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Slovakia might have squandered its moment to take a breath

The fall brings stricter measures yet authorities are determined to keep borders and economy as open as possible.14. Sep 2020, at 12:27

Late summer days in Bratislava will be marked by stricter anti-COVID measures as cases surge in the capital.

There are several alternatives to closing borders, foreign minister says

The government is aware of the worsening coronavirus situation in the neighbouring countries.9. Sep 2020, at 19:14

Prague
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No end to impunity yet. How the verdict will affect Slovakia

The verdict in the Kuciak murder trial dominated the news last week and has further divided Slovakia.7. Sep 2020, at 12:49

The families of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová after the verdict.

Complain to us, not to Facebook, acting Foreigners’ Police head says

All foreigners should be able to book their appointment online, says the acting head of the Foreigners’ Police in an interview with The Slovak Spectator.4. Sep 2020, at 7:30

In front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava
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To make it through September

As the summer holidays draw to a close, the easy living of the early summer is being replaced by some anxiety, while schools prepare to open for the new school year on Wednesday.31. Aug 2020, at 12:43

Health Minister Marek Krajčí