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SP insurer gets two binding offers

The German Allianz and the Dutch Aegon insurance houses were the only firms left bidding in a tender for state insurer Slovenská poisťovňa (SP) as The Slovak Spectator went to print. Italian firm La Fondiara and Dutch Eureko had pulled out of the running.

On December 11 the government recommended that Privatisation Minister Mária Machová ask the insurance houses, which were the only interested parties to submit binding offers for SP, to improve their bids by an unspecified date.

The government is offering a 67% share in the company, which will lose its monopoly on third-party liability motor insurance at the end of this year.

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Legitimising fake news

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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.

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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.

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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.