Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS BRIEFS

Ambassador Rochel advises attention be paid to independence of courts

Walter Rochel, the Ambassador of the European Commission's Delegation to Bratislava, attended a meeting of the parliamentary committee for European integration and suggested that some shifts might take place in Slovakia that could lift the country into the EU entry vanguard.

Ambassador Rochel said that Slovakia is doing well in meeting the EU's political criteria. He sees progress in renewing the tradition of bilingual school report cards at minority schools. However, Rochel warned that Slovakia should pay more attention to independence of its courts.

The ambassador, who comes from Austria, also mentioned his desire to have Slovakia decommission the older of Slovakia's two nuclear power plants, the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant, which is 60 kilometres from the Austrian boarder. An important European Commission criteria, he said, is the diversification of energy sources.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.