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Two candidates for EU commissioner

FORMER high standing Coca-Cola manager Ivan Štefanec and the country's former primary EU negotiator, Ján Figeľ, are the two official candidates for the job of EU commissioner for Slovakia.

Štefanec and Figeľ are nominees of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union and the Christian Democrats, respectively.

The other ruling parties have yet to find their candidates, the Slovak daily SME reported on November 26.

The coalition will have to pick one name, and the new commissioners from the ten acceding member states will begin their jobs on May 1, 2004, when the entry of new members is planned.

Top stories

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.