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IT tender threatened amid ŠtB worries

THE DEFENCE Ministry may scrap two tenders for IT systems amid concerns that the Slovak director of the local Hewlett-Packard office, which is contesting both tenders, worked for the ŠtB communist-era secret service. The tenders are together worth Sk734 million ($17 million).

Hewlett-Packard head Peter Weber admitted having cooperated with the economic branch of the ŠtB as the then-deputy head of the Office for Computing Technology, but said he had never been an agent.

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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.