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Last Week in Slovakia: Murder of journalist and his fiancée shook the whole country

The murdered journalist Ján Kuciak investigated links between politicians and Italian mafia.

These top three stories from Slovakia are a selection of headlines from a weekly overview in pdf and audio format that subscribers of The Slovak Spectator receive directly in their inboxes every Thursday morning.

Investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova were found murdered in their house in Velka Maca on Sunday night. The police believe their murder to be linked with Kuciak's work. The last story the journalist worked on pointed to links between people close to the government and the Italian organised crime group 'Ndrangheta.

Read more about Kuciak's work in an interview with reporter of the Sme daily Adam Valček who initially cooperated with Kuciak on the case of Italian Mafia.

Slovakia is standing at a crossroads and much will depend on whether Robert Fico realises that this is a crucial point and how much he wants to stay in power, says Beata Balogová, editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s leading daily Sme and member of the IPI Executive Board.

After two days it is not possible to say how events will turn out from here, but there will be consequences: democracy and freedom in this country will either grow stronger, or will decline, writes Michaela Terenzani.

Below you can listen to all the headlines from Last Week in Slovakia published on February 28.

Top stories

Enough of Smer, people chanted in streets Video

Government resignation is not enough, the crowd called for early elections. This is how it looked like in Bratislava on March 16.

Fico fell. These are good, not perfect, developments

Unlike Kaczyński’s case there are two other parties in the coalition with Smer who can still bring the government down at any time.

Media are the ultimate frontiers in defending freedom in society today

Miklós Haraszti’s keynote speech at the Budapest award ceremony of the European Press Prize, March 14, 2018.

Fico is going. So why does the crisis continue?

These 10 answers will help you understand why the coalition’s decision to rebuild the government from scratch does not satisfy the critics and protesting masses.

Most-Híd chair Béla Bugár comes to the Government Office, March 13.