Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Quotes of the Week

"As you can see I have no hair but this isn't because of my age but rather because I'm worried about this party and about Slovak politics in general."

Roman Šipoš, candidate for the chair of Democratic Left Party (SDĽ) speaking at a recent party conference. The post was won by Pavol Koncoš who gained overwhelming support from party colleagues.

"The media mafia knocked me down. I resigned to save my family from perishing. But I'll be back."

Pavol Kanis, SDĽ member and former Defence Minister. Kanis resigned as minister last December after he failed to explain the financing of a luxurious villa in Bratislava.He claimed he had received the money as a loan from a friend herefused to name and from gambling.

"They shouldn't run for the posts with the aim to become regional barons, but rather be prepared for some hard work."

Milan Muška, vice chairman of the Slovak Towns and Villages Association, referring to candidates for the influential posts of heads of eight higher territorial units to be established through the cabinet's public administration reform. The elections will take place December 1.

Top stories

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