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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News digest: Security Council will meet to discuss nationwide testing

Overview of news from Monday, October 19, 2020.

PM Igor Matovič announcing some details about nationwide testing on October 18.

PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.

UPDATED: Nationwide testing will be secured by the army

Foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get tested too.

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The best concert I have ever heard was in Bratislava, says Dutch ambassador

Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast cycles with Slovakia's mayors and loves the Slovak capital for its rich music history.

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok, centre, with the Embassy team, including Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, left of the minister, on March 15, 2019.