Reader feedback: Good for Slovakia

Slovakia has made remarkable strides in becoming a full participant in European political affairs. It is finding its niche role in NATO military strategy and tactics and providing a military contingent to the rather meagre "Coalition of the willing", and has become a member of the European Union.

[US President George W.] Bush needs to acknowledge the current and potential benefits of cordial relations with Eastern Europe as well as reassuring [Russian President Vladmir] Putin that he need not feel threatened by the new reality.

Six months ago I knew next to nothing about Slovakia and still know relatively little, but when I correspond by email with folks from Bratislava, they are surprised and pleased that an American with no ethnic ties to anyplace in Eastern or Central Europe even knows where Bratislava is.

Merrill Davis,,
Iowa, USA

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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.