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Conditions for obtaining citizenship made stricter

OBTAINING Slovak citizenship is about to become more difficult. On June 26, parliament adopted an amendment to the Act on State Citizenship calling for more stringent rules for persons seeking to obtain Slovak citizenship. Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák said the new regulations were a reaction to the growing threats of organized crime and international terrorism.

Foreigners will now qualify for Slovak citizenship only after eight years of uninterrupted permanent residence, rather than the previously required five years. This will give officials more time to determine whether an applicant is law-abiding and has adapted to Slovak culture.

The amendment, if signed by President Ivan Gašparovič, will come into effect as of October 1, 2007.

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

Slovakia vies for medicines agency

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British embassy opens condolence book

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Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.