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Anti-alcohol plan shelved

THE GOVERNMENT has put off a national programme to fight alcoholism, which in the words of the plan's authors affects five per cent of Slovaks while another 30 per cent are "hazardous drinkers".

Once funding for the plan is approved, it will be debated again at a cabinet session in August. National alcohol consumption in Slovakia sits at eight litres of pure alcohol a year, compared to the two litres the World Health Organisation regards as the maximum healthy amount.

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Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

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

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police,…

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Bojnice spa fears loss of thermal water due to coal mining

The spa has turned to the EP; the mine sees claims of the Bojnice spa as not expert-based and manipulating public opinion

People enjoying hot water in Bojnice spa.