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Quotes of the Year


"All that blah-blah-blah that was there was just blah-blah-blah."


Speaker of Parliament and SDĽ party head Jozef Migaš after a meeting with his coalition mates where they criticised Štefan Košovan, the SDĽ-nominated director of the SE energy utility.





"Now even Bill Clinton knows where Žilina is and who Ján Slota is."


Žilina mayor Ján Slota after a furore over a plaque honouring Jozef Tiso.





"I'd like to see the tough guy who would force my daughter not to use her mother tongue at her wedding."


Béla Bugár, leader of the Hungarian Coalition Party, explaining why the more controversial provisions of the 1999 minority languages law were not being enforced to the letter.





"It's a matter of luck."


Defence Minister Pavol Kanis explaining his gambling success, which he said had helped help pay for the construction of his luxury home.





"As long as you live in Slovakia, every citizen of this country should spit in your face."


HZDS MP Roman Hofbauer to Privatisation Minister Mária Machová over the sale of a 51% stake in the ST telecom firm.





"I wouldn't like it if someone deciding the future of my city had so little empathy for animals."


Ladislav Ďurkovič, head of animal rights group Sloboda Zvierat, following a protest in front of the government office by the Association for Democracy and Common Sense advocating that the city of Lučenec be made the capital of a proposed new eastern Slovak region. The protesters threw 89 chickens over a three metre fence, 11 of which reportedly died on the spot.


Top stories

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

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

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.

The Sme daily celebrates 25th anniversary

The newspaper, which was established as a protest against autocratic power, has been published for 25 years.

The first issue of Sme in own printing house; publisher Alexej Fulmek (C) with chief editor Karol Ježík (R).

Ryanair changes its cabin bag policy as of Monday, January 15th

The low-cost airline operates dozens routes from Bratislava.

ryanair plane, illustrative stock photo