IN SHORT

NATO Secretary General praises Slovakia

SLOVAKIA has become a strong and trustworthy NATO member, said NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer following a meeting with top state officials during his visit to Slovakia.

De Hoop Scheffer noted that Slovakia has participated in almost all recent NATO missions around the world. He observed that Slovakia is reforming its armed forces, a big issue throughout the alliance.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič and De Hoop Scheffer agreed on the need for the political transformation of NATO, with an eye toward increasing its political mission, the TASR news wire reported.

Military reform and decisions about the necessary size and structure of NATO military units are also a must for making the organization more effective, said De Hoop Scheffer.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Who is ready for a vaccine in Slovakia

Vlhová won again. Boris Kollár is at home and will meet coalition partners to discuss GP vote. Justice Minister shows a new map.

Illustrative stock photo

Roundup: Bratislava’s Old Market Hall hosts Christmas markets

If you have not watched the 'Dracula' miniseries, filmed in Slovakia last year, it is about time.

Bratislava’s Old Market Hall will provide visitors with Christmas vibes in the coming four weeks. Each week, from Wednesday to Saturday, people can do a little bit of Christmas shopping at the venue.

From COVID-19 miracle to apparent resignation to death and dying

The natural reflex of all failed politicians – and their uncritical fan clubs – is to point to cultural or geographical differences between “us” and “them”.

The COVID-19 ward in the University Hospital Martin