Top stories from Last Week in Slovakia

Voters’ indifference affects regional votes - Can Slovaks be lured back from Britain? - Petit Press majority owner dies

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Sociologists estimate the turnout of the upcoming vote to be below 25 percent. The low turnout could bring extremists to the helm in some regions, particularly in Banská Bystrica and Nitra. Foreigners with permanent residence in Slovakia can also vote in the November 4 elections.

As EU and UK politicians debate the terms of Brexit, the Slovak government contemplates how to motivate its citizens to come back home from Britain. Official estimates point to up to 90,000 Slovaks currently working in the UK and the government lays its hopes on a prepared campaign to persuade tens of thousands of them to return.On Sunday, a major Slovak entrepreneur, Peter Vajda, died in Prague. Vajda co-founded the Sme daily in 1993 and was the majority owner of the Petit Press publishing house, which also owns The Slovak Spectator. He was exceptional in his innate sense of democracy and believing in equal opportunities for all, Petit Press CEO Alexej Fulmek wrote in his obituary for Vajda.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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