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Controversial judge appointed to council

PRESIDENT Rudolf Schuster on July 11 nominated the controversial Tibor Šafárik to a judicial council which will administer the judicial branch. Šafárik is chiefly remembered for a decision freeing an alleged kidnapper of the former president's son from charges.

Šafárik is shadow minister of justice for the opposition Slovak National Party (SNS), and has also defended ex-Interior Minister Gustáv Krajči, accused of thwarting a 1997 referendum on Nato membership.

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News digest: Slovakia opens more testing sites

Slovaks smoke less than 10 years ago. Former tennis player who skipped the vaccination line helped at a hospital.

Journalists' dilemma over the case of the charged Jaroslav Haščák

Investigative reporter Adam Valček writes about what he learned during the Kuciak murder trial and how it applies in the case of the charged co-founder of Penta.

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Drop in car production lower than expected

Carmakers manufactured 11 percent less cars than in 2019.

Carmakers in Slovakia also produce electric battery and hybrid car models.