Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT

Mečiar still recovering from multiple bypass

THE HEALTH of Vladimír Mečiar, chairman of the governing coalition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), was stable after his heart surgery on January 21.

His recovery is proceeding according to plan, said the head of the Central Slovakia Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Peter Mečiar.

If no complications arise, Mečiar was expected to be released from hospital by January 26. Doctors say he might be able to return to work in two to three weeks.

Mečiar underwent a quadruple bypass on January 22. A team of specialists from Banská Bystrica and Košice carried out the operation, which took three hours and fifteen minutes. The patient was connected to a heart-lung machine, and his heart was stopped for 41 minutes.

Top stories

The Bratislava airport has competition in Vienna

The airport in Vienna, only about 60 kilometres from the Slovak capital, gains 17 new low-cost airliner flights.

Illustrative stock photo

Surcharges for night, weekend and holiday work will go up in two phases

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

Royal chocolate made by Slovak Photo

Some of the chocolate art pieces are decorated with gold or silver.

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.