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Last Week in Slovakia: Fico resigns, Slovakia gets a new ruling cabinet

Peter Pellegrini is the new prime minister.

A week ago it still looked like early elections were the most likely option in Slovakia, but PM Robert Fico surprised the nation when he announced on March 15 that he would resign - which he did the day after.

That did not stop people from going out to the squares around Slovakia in protest against the government of Robert Fico. Protesting public does not trust the outgoing PM anymore, and they worry Pellegrini will only be a puppet in Fico's hands.

Fico will be replaced in his post by Peter Pellegrini, who served as the deputy PM for informatisation and investment in his cabinet.

Amid the biggest political crisis Slovakia has experienced since 1998, the Bratislava department of the immigration office (the Border and Alien Police Office) has moved to a new building.

Below you can listen to all the headlines from Last Week in Slovakia published on March 21.

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Topic: Peter Pellegrini


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Rector, minister, president. Why nobody halted the plagiarists’ appointment?

None of the concerned parties see their role in evaluating the moral qualities of the candidate for professor.

Marian Vanderka

Fallen lines and engine fires: Slovak trains are not without incidents Photo

Slovak rail carrier ZSSK is facing a massive wave of criticism after some recent accidents.

Fire on a train between Šaľa and Galanta.

Pohoda Festival organisers to pay compensation to parents of fatality

The verdict obliging the famous music festival to pay damage compensation to those bereft of a girl who died in 2009 from injuries caused by a fallen tent is not effective yet.

The damaged tent hit or put at risk at least 300 people back in 2009.

Rules for hiring foreigners are simpler. For exceptions

Despite positive changes, employers still point to some barriers preventing more effective and simpler recruitment of foreign workers.

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.