Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS BRIEFS

Mečiar ignores illegal bonus charges

FORMER prime minister Vladimír Mečiar failed to appear in court on January 13 to face charges that he received almost Sk140,000 (3,500 euro) in illegal bonuses as a cabinet member from 1994 to 1998.

While other members of the third Mečiar government, such as Katarína Tóthová and Sergej Kozlík, had cooperated with police in similar illegal bonus cases, Mečiar from the beginning refused to even accept court and police summons, a court official said on private Twist radio.

Members of both Mečiar's cabinet and the 1998-2002 Mikuláš Dzurinda administration are alleged to have accepted bonuses even though public service laws did not entitle them to the money.

Top stories

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

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

Illustrative stock photo

Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.