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HZDS to take health reform to court

THE RECENTLY approved healthcare reform is "unconstitutional and economically non-productive", according to opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's MP Viliam Soboňa.

His party and another opposition party, Smer, want to take the six laws to the Constitutional Court if President Ivan Gašparovič signs the laws.

Soboňa said that the right to free healthcare is enshrined in article 40 of the Slovak Constitution, and that "no Health Ministry directive can override it".

Soboňa also said the health reform is incompatible with the EU laws.

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Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.