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Hamžík: Finland won't grant political asylum to Slovaks

After a two-week visit to Finland, Slovak Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Pavol Hamžík returned to Slovakia and told journalists that Finland sees no reason to grant political asylum to Slovak Romanies or anyone else from Slovakia.

Two hundred and thirty asylum applications from Roma had been filed in Finland since an exodus of about 1,000 Slovak Roma began arriving there in June. Of these, 130 applications were turned down, while an additional 100 Romanies withdrew their applications.

Hamžík said that the Finnish and Slovak governments shared the opinion that the Romany issue is a "pan-European" problem that many countries struggle with. He added that the visa duty imposed on Slovaks this summer as a consequence of the Romany influx is due to be lifted in November.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.