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"Nobody can argue that diplomatic sanctions such as a visa requirement would not be a serious step, so it should be proposed and taken with full support by the member states."


EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini commenting on a recommendation by the European Commission on October 4 that "appropriate steps vis-a-vis the United States could be envisaged," such as "temporarily restoring the visa requirement for US nationals holding diplomatic and duty/official passports." The EC proposed the visas in response to the refusal of the US to lift visa requirements for all EU member states.


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Legitimising fake news

One of Slovakia’s media schools has invited a well-known conspiracy theorist to an academic conference. What does this say about the state of the Slovak media?

Tibor Rostas

Suicide game does not exist and visa-free regime for Ukrainians is not a lie

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past two weeks.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

It’s not easy being an ‘alien’ in Slovakia

Are Slovaks scared of foreigners? The stories of those who are trying to make their homes here suggest that ignorance and bureaucratic inertia, rather than fear, cause more problems.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

President Kiska uses train for first time Photo

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.