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Slovak gets major promotion in Brussels

SLOVAK Katarína Mathernová has been named deputy director of the General Directorate of the European Commission for Regional Policy, the EC announced on July 18.

Roman Schonwiesner from the EC Representation Office in Bratislava told the TASR newswire that Mathernová will look after three political directorates and the co-ordination of relations with other directorates and relevant bodies in member countries.

Mathernová is set to take on responsibilities in the area of the cohesion policy of the EU and to ensure that the policy is based on economic analyses and the Lisbon Strategy's priorities.

Mathnerová has worked for the EC since 2005, and before that was a senior private sector development specialist at the World Bank. From 1999 to 2002 she was chief institutional and policy advisor to the deputy prime minister for economic affairs in Slovakia.

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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

What chances does the country have at winning the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agency that needs to relocate from London?

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

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.