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No winner in ship yard tender

THE FNM state privatisation agency has scrapped a tender for ship yard SLKB because neither of the two firms interested in a 100 per cent stake were willing to accept the FNM's demand they guarantee the revival of production at the troubled facility. While the FNM intends to hold another tender in three months, it will lend SLKB Sk50-60 million to complete two ships, while Eximbank will lend the shipper almost 10 million euros to complete three ships for a German customer. SLKB sent 463 workers - almost half its workforce - home at the beginning of February on 60 per cent salary for lack of work.

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Legitimising fake news

One of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?

Tibor Rostas

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.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

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.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

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.