Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

SLOVAK WORD OF THE WEEK

Slovan

IT’S BEEN a nice spring for tycoon Juraj Široký. First, Smer won the parliamentary elections. And then, just this last weekend, HC Slovan (Slav) won the ice hockey playoffs, beating their long-time rivals from Košice.

IT’S BEEN a nice spring for tycoon Juraj Široký. First, Smer won the parliamentary elections. And then, just this last weekend, HC Slovan (Slav) won the ice hockey playoffs, beating their long-time rivals from Košice.

Although Široký officially owns only the second of these two organisations, he is widely recognised as a “co-owner” of Robert Fico’s party, and several government members, including the health and agriculture ministers, are said to be his nominees.

We’ll see what plans he and other background figures have for the country. But let’s hope there is not too much symbolism in the fact that Slovan is entering the Russian Kontinental Hockey League next season. Some in the neighbouring countries are already getting worried that Slovakia will become a champion of Russian interests in the region. Their concerns are partly justified, given that Fico was the only high-ranking Western politician to attend the United Russia party congress last autumn at which Vladimir Putin announced that he would be running for president.

Putin is one Slovan you do not want to see wielding too much influence in Bratislava.

Top stories

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.

How propaganda has learned to use the truth

The Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism analysed the information war in the Visegrad Group countries.

Migration crisis was one of causes for the rise in conspiracies and fake or hybrid news; illustrative stock photo

First patient in Slovakia has implanted artificial heart

Though the artificial heart enables a normal life, the patient will remain on a transplant waiting list.

Illustrative stock photo