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Asylum requests don't alter Belgium's visa policy

In contrast with other European countries confronted with a recent wave of Slovak Roma asylum seekers, Belgium does not have immediate plans to institute a visa requirement despite a similar increase in asylum seekers from Slovakia, the Belgian embassy reported

According to Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan, Belgian state authorities have recorded 103 asylum applications from Slovak citizens during the first 10 days of August, and they expect 300 more by the end of the month. They generally handle about 50 such requests per month.

Belgium has become the latest European destination for Roma fleeing social benefit cuts and other problems in Slovakia. Finland has recorded the highest number of recent asylum seekers the year (1,150), followed by Belgium (224), Denmark (215), Sweden (124), Switzerland (85), Norway (68), the Netherlands (44), Austria (11), and Ireland (7).

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Slovakia remains unknown in convention business

Ten MICE events in 2017 should bring almost €6.5 million to Bratislava.

The GLOBSEC security forum is one of the regular MICE events in Slovakia since 2005.

Kotleba should be defeated in election, not banned

More constitutional can be less democratic, and it is not clear that it always has the intended result. Perhaps the clearest historical case came with the rise of the Nazis in Germany.

Marian Kotleba

Slovakia to leave NATO is a hoax

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes that appeared over the past week.

Some peple gathered at Slavin in Bratislava brought ani-NATO banners.

Fico: We cannot allow multi-speed EU to become divisive Video

Final session of the 12th edition of Globsec 2017 featured Slovak PM Robert Fico, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka, and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in a panel entitled European (Dis)Union?

Donald Tusk, Robert Fico, and Bohuslav Sobotka (left to right)