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EU frowns on Slovak investment incentives

The Finance Ministry is to present cabinet with the EU's objections to Slovakia's tax incentive policy to attract foreign direct investment, and the Union's demand that Slovakia modify its incentives before joining, possibly in 2004. The Union feels that the tax breaks Slovakia offers foreign investors - up to 10 years tax-free - constitutes 'unfair tax competition' that draws investment away from EU member states.

Government officials, when approving the tax breaks earlier this year, claimed they had allayed EU concerns over the tax breaks.

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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.