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Roma coming home from EU

Over 1,000 asylum applicants from countries such as Belgium, Holland and Finland voluntarily returned to Slovakia by the end of October with the aid of the International Organisation for Migration.

Most of the returned Slovak nationals were Roma from the east of the country.

Migration of Roma for economic reasons to European countries began in 1997 and has since complicated relations between Bratislava and the fifteen-member bloc.

The EU has urged Slovakia to improve conditions for Roma at home.

Slovakia has told the EU to tighten slack asylum laws and thus remove one of the main motivations for the exodus.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak