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Last Week in Slovakia

Two nominees for Record of the Year released within a week

Arguably, only a handful of journalists are likely to hear all 39 hours of Gorilla, but the public will no doubt jump at some sequences.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Oct 2019, at 17:48

Protests over the Gorilla scandal drew thousands into Slovakia’s squares.

Slovakia listens to Gorilla

Jaroslav Haščák tried to control the state without voters giving him that power.Beata Balogová, 16. Oct 2019, at 13:27

Oligarch Jaroslav Haščák owns the Penta financial group.

How can artificial intelligence help save the planet?

These are the three most possible applications of AI in the battle against climate change.Martin Spano9. Oct 2019, at 12:04

Martin Spano at TEDx Trenčín
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Blog: Digital trends in the hospitality sector

Martin Slivka, Director of Sales and Marketing, Wellness Hotel Patince, takes a closer look at how digital trends are transforming the hospitality sector.Martin Slivka7. Oct 2019, at 12:35

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Buying time

One third of jobs in Slovakia are at risk of being lost due to automation.Anca Dragu, 2. Oct 2019, at 20:40

Clients can switch their health insurer.
Nice driveway! An occasional column on life in Slovakia

By their parking policy shall ye know them

With the city preparing to impose city-wide car parking restrictions, the character of Bratislava is about to change.James Thomson, 24. Sep 2019, at 15:05

Current parking in Bratislava

What’s the cause?

Pro-life and pro-climate action marches attracted large but differing numbers last weekend. Why?Michaela Terenzani, 23. Sep 2019, at 14:13

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Blog: Collaboration is the key to everything

AmCham’s Executive Director Ronald Blaško offers his view of Slovakia’s innovation potential in the European and global context, identifying the main obstacles that prevent its full realization.AmCham team23. Sep 2019, at 12:30

Ronald Blaško, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia

Grandparents are the most important audience of the climate strike

While older people are the least willing to change their habits, they are also most likely to vote.Benjamin Cunningham, 21. Sep 2019, at 6:16

Right of reply changes send wrong message on press freedom

How can a government that spends time looking for new ways to harass the press be trusted to secure accountability for the state’s failure to protect journalists?Scott Griffen18. Sep 2019, at 20:40

Journalists, who were screened in 2017, are considering turning to court.

Why are they passing a law for politicians instead of protecting journalists?

Right of reply was introduced out of the wrong motivation with wrong timing.Beata Balogová, 18. Sep 2019, at 15:01

The media is freer, but also feels less secure.
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Blog: The innovation imperative

The time for a radical change is now! Peter Kolesár, Partner, Civitta Slovakia, maps out the necessary steps on the path to an innovative economy, Slovakia's chance to remain competitive and mitigate a looming…Peter Kolesár16. Sep 2019, at 12:30

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What are we protecting Europe from?

The European Commission does not want to protect us from the sushi that Commissioners have for lunch. They mean migrants.Benjamin Cunningham, 13. Sep 2019, at 13:43

Bratislava's Janko Kráľ Park is the oldest park in central Europe.

Ambassador Brink: A new chapter in our story of freedom

Slovakia enjoys an unprecedented era of security, sovereignty, and prosperity with membership in NATO and the EU guaranteeing your hard-won freedoms, new US ambassador to Slovakia wrote.Bridget Brink12. Sep 2019, at 12:42

US Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink presented her credentials to President Zuzana Čaputová on August 20.

When bryndza is over… reality sinks in

Foreigners cannot avoid paying higher kindergarten fees. Where's the justice in that?Anca Dragu, 10. Sep 2019, at 13:51

Integration/inclusion of Roma children is crucial, illustrative stock photo.

A proposal to help foreigners in less traditional families

But many problems related to foreigners asking for permanent residence left out.Zuzana Števulová10. Sep 2019, at 13:38

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Blog: Looking for firm ground in our turbulent times

Ronald Blaško, Executive Director, AmCham Slovakia describes three megatrends resulting from the ongoing 4th industrial revolution which are likely to shape our future.Ronald Blaško10. Sep 2019, at 12:30

Ronald Blaško
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Blog: Labor code for the 21st century

Peter Rusiňák, Policy Officer, AmCham Slovakia, explains why Slovakia's Labor Code urgently needs changes reflecting the reality of Industry 4.0 and the effects of digitalization and automated processes.Peter Rusiňák2. Sep 2019, at 12:35

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Nice driveway! An occasional column on life in Slovakia

Doing the right thing

This week, Slovakia marks 75 years since the Slovak National Uprising. But what was the SNP, and what is its significance?James Thomson, 28. Aug 2019, at 9:35

What we have learned this summer

Depressingly, it is not just the fashion of the 1990s that is making a comeback in Slovakia.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Aug 2019, at 8:28

Marian Kočner