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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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Gilden: Take the negative and make a positive from it Photo

The works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava.

Bruce Gilden: Feast of San Gennero, Little Italy, 1984.

The ongoing struggle for a free and democratic Slovakia

The people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.

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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Christmas Markets Bratislava

Robert Fico has lost the electoral magic he once had Plus

But his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.

Robert Fico claims that Smer won the regional elections because it is the party with the most chairs in regional councils.