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Asylum applications to Stockholm jump; Sweden calm

Over 220 Slovak citizens have demanded political asylum of Sweden since the beginning of the year, of that number 113 in August; the Slovak consul in Sweden has said that most of the applicants are Slovak Roma.

Slovak Roma have previously left in large numbers for Benelux countries, other Scandinavian states and Britain. The UK in 1998 imposed a visa regime on Slovaks after the numbers of Slovaks arriving in Britain and claiming asylum rose dramatically over a few months. Other European countries have imposed, and in some cases relaxed, visa regimes following large numbers of Roma arriving on their territory. The British visa regime remains in place.

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Legitimising fake news

One of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?

Tibor Rostas

Suicide game does not exist and visa-free regime for Ukrainians is not a lie

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past two weeks.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

It’s not easy being an ‘alien’ in Slovakia

Are Slovaks scared of foreigners? The stories of those who are trying to make their homes here suggest that ignorance and bureaucratic inertia, rather than fear, cause more problems.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

President Kiska uses train for first time Photo

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.