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MPs on holiday: no work, great pay

DURING the summer parliamentary recess, MPs cost taxpayers Sk37 million (€955,500) while doing no work at all.

This summer MPs will have 33 days off, but earn the same amount as when parliament is in session, the Pravda daily reported.

An MP's basic salary is Sk47,500 (€1,224) per month, plus a fixed-sum bonus of well over Sk30,000 (€770). The average salary in Slovakia is around Sk16,000 (€412)per month. Since the last summer recess, MPs have worked less than 100 days in sessions or on committees, compared to over 200 days worked by the rest of the country.

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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

Bratislava bus station is moving into Bottova Centrum Photo

If the temporary station gets all the construction approvals, it may start operation on October 1.

The future temporary bus station on Bottova Street in Bratislava

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

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

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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between September 22 and October 1, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017