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Mečiar refuses to answer questions

FORMER PRIME Minister Vladimír Mečiar appeared before police on July 8 to answer questions as to where he got the Sk41 million ($880,000) he paid in 1999 for construction work on his villa, but refused to explain, arguing a constitutional right "not to squeal on myself."

Arriving at a regional Trnava police station six hours later than had been agreed, Mečiar taunted reporters who asked him how someone earning the wages of a Slovak politician could save so much money. "If you don't know, you'll be journalists until you die," he said.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak