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Zeman: Šimko is an amateur

Czech Prime Minister Miloš Zeman called Slovak Interior Minister Ivan Šimko's refusal to discuss any change in the relaxed cross-border policy for nationals of their two countries "deeply amateur".

His words were rebuffed by Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, who said Šimko's stance was that of the united Slovak government.

Slovaks and Czechs can still use only identity cards to cross their joint border.

The European Union has pressed the two countries to tighten controls to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, especially those ferried across the Czech border by Slovak and Czech nationals under the light frontier checks.

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Third anti-corruption march drew thousands Photo

The only demand that has been met to date is the abrogation of Vladimír Mečiar’s amnesties by parliament.

The anti-corruption march

Ballet legend Sergei Polunin will be guest of SND

The world-renowned personality of contemporary ballet will present two choreographies at the Slovak National Theatre in September.

Sergei Polunin

Voters don’t understand self-governing regions

Rules for regional elections change, which may bring some surprising victories.

One of the biggest fights is expected in Banská Bystrica Region.

Blog: In Slovakia, tradition is key

The year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.

Traditional "vinobranie" event in Pezinok.