Harabin's re-election "bad news"

The re-election of Supreme Court chief justice Štefan Harabin to another five-year term was termed "bad news for justice, for reform and for citizens" by Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic. Harabin, whose controversial decisions include the awarding of special bonuses to judges who freed former secret service boss Ivan Lexa from pre-trial custody, was elected on Friday by 10 members of the judicial council, with 6 against and 2 abstentions.

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News digest: Omicron not prevailing yet, but new measures will be applied

New rules come into force tomorrow. Some flights from Košice suspended. Train carrier will not dispatch dozens of trains.

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Entry conditions change as the Omicron wave is set to arrive in Slovakia.

UPDATED: Booster dose opens way to vast benefits. These are Slovakia's measures against Omicron (Q & A)

The new OP+ regime grants benefits to people with three doses or a combination of vaccine and recovery from Covid. Rules should apply all through the wave, government promises.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok (left) and Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď (right)

Slovak-US defence pact encounters fierce resistance

A planned bilateral defence agreement between NATO allies Slovakia and the US has highlighted once again the sharp divisions that exist in Slovak politics and society over Russia.

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