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OMV buys Czech, Slovak retail chains

Austria's OMV has bought BP's service station network in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, OMV said October 12. The network consists of 14 outlets in the Czech Republic and just one in Slovakia. The addition of these outlets gives OMV a total 97 sites in the Czech Republic and 50 in Slovakia, with resulting market shares in the two countries of 9% and 17%, respectively. The deal is effective Dec 1, 1998, OMV said, adding that financial details of the transaction will remain confidential.

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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.