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You don’t bring me flowers

As Mrs Dubovcová has discovered, there is scant political passion when it comes to abuses of human rights – that is, the rights of each and every one of us Michaela Terenzani ,24. Mar 2017, at 6:30

Jana Dubovcová leaves parliament after her last report.

Hostages to fortune

Britain will trigger Article 50 to leave the EU on 29 March. She and her EU partners could, and should, guarantee the rights of their citizens living abroad – including tens of thousands of Slovaks in the UK. That…James Thomson23. Mar 2017, at 17:10

Theresa May announced Brexit will start on March 29.

Words cannot cure cancer

There is corruption in the highest places after all, general prosecutor admits. Michaela Terenzani ,16. Mar 2017, at 20:31

Corruption reaches high, says Jaromír Čižnár.

Amnesty verdict could lead to early Slovak spring

If parliament upholds cabinet decision and unblocks Kováč Jr. case, more than justice will be served. Tom Nicholson ,16. Mar 2017, at 6:50

Vladimír Mečiar

Is Visegrad on its way out of Europe?

The V4 project has veered from its original purpose, never mind the positive, if idealized, concept of Central Europe. Benjamin Cunningham ,15. Mar 2017, at 14:00

Prime ministers of the Visegrad Group, from left, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Polish PM Beata Szydlo and Slovak PM Robert Fico in Warsaw, Poland, on March 2, 2017.

Systematic murders were not “the lesser evil”

People who adore Hitler and his ally now sit in the parliament. Beata Balogová ,14. Mar 2017, at 12:38

Jozef Tiso meeting Adolf Hitler on March 13, 1939

An account long overdue

Scrapping the Mečiar amnesties would go some way towards restoring trust in the system. Michaela Terenzani ,9. Mar 2017, at 12:54

Vladimír Mečiar, during his 1998 TV performance.

Height of hypocrisy

It is not Coca-Cola’s fault that Central Europeans — as they often do in politics — passively accept cheap imitations. Benjamin Cunningham ,3. Mar 2017, at 21:53

Packaging can help persuade consumers to buy Slovak products.

Stopping extremism before it starts

Schools in Slovakia must do a better job of developing their students’ critical thinking skills from an early age, US envoy says.Adam Sterling28. Feb 2017, at 13:29

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…Peter Chrenka24. Feb 2017, at 13:10

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).
Nice Driveway!

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.James Thomson24. Feb 2017, at 8:35

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”. Michaela Terenzani ,23. Feb 2017, at 17:35

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Our exit from the EU will not weaken our links

The UK has no intention of undermining the stability of the EU, nor do we want to become more distant to our European neighbours, including those here in Slovakia, the ambassador writes.Andy Garth22. Feb 2017, at 12:00

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.

Without passion for truth we will enter a dark era

Fake news opens the door to power for populists and fascists. Beata Balogová ,16. Feb 2017, at 12:53

Who is the real populist?

There are two essential elements to defining a populist. In other words, true populists meet both criteria. Benjamin Cunningham ,13. Feb 2017, at 13:55

Far-right leader and candidate for next spring presidential elections Marine le Pen from France (r), and Dutch populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders (l) stand together after their speeches during a meeting of European Nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, on January 21, 2017.
The Other Slovakia

Blog: A potter from Potters' Street

Igor Macák has been practicing his trade for almost three decades. While, many of his colleagues gave up the trade long ago, others moved into creating a more commercial type of ceramic for interior design.Anca Dragu10. Feb 2017, at 14:55

This is not the monster you are looking for

Slovaks should know better than to trifle with religious freedoms, given their history of totalitarian regimes that have divided citizens into ‘worse’ and ‘better’ categories based on their religious beliefs. Michaela Terenzani ,9. Feb 2017, at 17:08

Dubovcová spoke out even when they refused to listen

Slovakia needs someone who will not bend the definition of human rights depending on whom Robert Fico or Richard Sulík want to please. Beata Balogová ,2. Feb 2017, at 15:34

Less than dozen MPs were listening to Obudswoman

How to defeat populism?

The recipe for defeating the emotionally driven, but empty, populism now trending in Europe is the same as it has always been: Offer a better idea, actually believe it is better, and then take the time to explain to… Benjamin Cunningham ,30. Jan 2017, at 6:30

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Never again; and not this time either

Holocaust anniversary assumes troubling relevance at this moment of political upheaval.Tom Nicholson27. Jan 2017, at 18:53

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland draws visitors from across the world

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