Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Petranský loses ballot for Nation's Memory Institute

THE LEGISLATURE rejected Ján Petranský, the candidate of the ruling Slovak National Party (SNS), for the post of chairman of the Nation’s Memory Institute (UPN) yesterday after it was revealed he had met with the leader of a neo-Nazi movement.

Petranský, who had been expected to win the seat following an agreement between the ruling parties, was compromised by information released shortly before the secret ballot that in 2005 he had participated in a conference on the Slovak wartime state, where he met with Slovak Archbishop Ján Sokol and the head of a neo-Nazi movement called Slovak Togetherness, Marián Kotleba.

Petranský said he attended the conference because he wanted to listen to “a lecture by a young Slovak historian”.

“I condemn Slovak Togetherness,” he said, adding that his election had been deliberately sabotaged, the Pravda daily wrote.

The UPN administers and publishes documents on crimes committed during Slovakia's two totalitarian regimes - the fascist state from 1938 to 1945, and the communist regime from 1948 to 1989. For this reason, the UPN chief cannot be seen as sympathetic to either regime.

Top stories

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Ryanair cancels some flights from and to Bratislava

The Irish low-cost airline publishes full list of cancellations

Irish budget airline Ryanair is believed to be cancelling up to 50 flights every day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.

No fees bring higher summer roaming

EU regulation raises the volume of roaming calls and data with Slovak mobile operators .

People should pay attention on used data abroad.

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness