Slovakia and its hindrances: court blocks referendum, people block border crossings

MPs will try to amend the Constitution, while the state decided to reopen smaller crossings after the protests.

Police patrols returned to the border crossings, but not everybody is happy.Police patrols returned to the border crossings, but not everybody is happy. (Source: SITA)

Welcome to your weekly overview of news from Slovakia. This is the special summer edition of Last Week in Slovakia. We will be back to regular operation in August, with a full commentary and news overview by Editor-in-Chief Michaela Terenzani.

Here’s what you need to know this week: the Constitutional Court deemed the referendum on a snap election at odds with the Constitution, border rules changed to the dislike of locals and cross-border commuters, and the trial of an ex-special prosecutor facing corruption-related charges started.

Court stops referendum on snap election

The hopes of the opposition to oust the current ruling government through a referendum on a snap election have been stopped for now.

The Constitutional Court ruled on July 7 that the question, asking people whether they would agree with shortening the term of the current parliament, is at odds with the Constitution.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

A via ferrata in Martin was closed this week. It will remain closed until October 31.

Weekend: Slovak folk songs translated into American jazz

The latest travel and culture stories from Slovakia. We've got you covered.

17. sep

News digest: Passport required when travelling from Slovakia to the UK again

Bratislava Mayor awarded for his green ideas. Pandemic edition of the White Night festival starts. Slovak batteries for e-cars passed international test.

17. sep
Sky by Monika and Bohuš Kubinský

Bratislava is ready for White Night. Here's all you need to know

A manual for the festival and seven sites selected by The Slovak Spectator.

16. sep
Matúš Vallo during the election night.

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo receives World Mayor Future Award

He was acknowledged for his efforts to transform the Slovak capital into a green, compassionate city.

17. sep
Skryť Close ad