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Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.James Thomson, 25. Nov 2020, at 8:28

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.
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Government has learned little, hesitates to open school gates

Education is a question of rights. So is protesting against the government, but at what costs? Slovakia welcomes hefty investment that comes with a warning sign.Michaela Terenzani, 23. Nov 2020, at 13:46

Why so sad, why so mad?

What music you should listen to while waiting for your next COVID test results.Benjamin Cunningham, 20. Nov 2020, at 15:14

Nationwide coronavirus testing in Bratislava, October 31, 2020. City buses were used as testing sites too.
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Life without waste – join the zero waste movement!

If you're considering some resolutions for next year, you may find inspiration in Petra Slezáková's article on zero waste lifestyle.Petra Slezáková17. Nov 2020, at 12:00

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Pandemic is the hardest test since 1989. Let's stick together

President Zuzana Čaputová addressed the nation on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Nov 2020, at 21:06

President Zuzana Čaputová
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The unbearable randomness of measure-lifting

Slovakia reports improved COVID numbers, government has eased measures. Coronavirus situation remains grim but macroeconomic stats and football provide some good news.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Nov 2020, at 13:39

Cinemas, theatres, and churches can open as of Monday, November 16, but they are only allowed to let in 50 percent of their capacity of guests.

Washington, 2020: Echoes of Prague, 1948?

How different is what Trump does from the tactics of totalitarians everywhere?Andrew Giarelli12. Nov 2020, at 14:45

Prime Minister Klement Gottwald during the ceremonial parade of the People's Militia and the police forces on February 28, 1948 in Prague.
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Testing eases tensions. Or does it?

Former police leadership ends up behind bars. Prime minister offers a questionable interpretation of results. Do not confuse Slovakia and Slovenia on Twitter as Biden wins.Michaela Terenzani, 9. Nov 2020, at 12:52

PM Igor Matovič presents the results of the first round of the nationwide testing.

Trump’s final reality show

The results feel closer than they are.Benjamin Cunningham, 6. Nov 2020, at 15:21

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A good society begets a good economy

Tibor Lörincz from Tatra Banka takes a closer look at the relationship between a good and well-functioning society and a prosperous economy.Tibor Lörincz3. Nov 2020, at 12:00

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Slovakia celebrated Halloween with long queues and millions of nasal swabs. What's next?

After initial concerns, everyone who wanted to could get tested in Slovakia over the past weekend. It is too early to say if the mass testing is a success story and will help the country avoid a lockdown.Michaela Terenzani, 2. Nov 2020, at 8:23

The testing in Bratislava on October 31, 2020.

We owe our veterans a great deal, even more so in this extraordinary year

I am delighted to see that more and more Slovaks have begun to adopt the tradition of wearing red poppies.Nigel Baker31. Oct 2020, at 8:00

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.Michaela Terenzani, 30. Oct 2020, at 8:29

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Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.Michaela Terenzani, 26. Oct 2020, at 12:24

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.

Volunteering in developing countries is an adventure from beginning to end

Slovak Jozef Baňás spent 12 months volunteering in Georgia.ADRA Slovakia26. Oct 2020, at 12:04

Jozef Baňás
Nice driveway! An occasional column on life in Slovakia

Pity the nation

Americans’ choice of president on November 3 will affect Slovaks too.James Thomson, 26. Oct 2020, at 10:37

The second US presidential debate.
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First steps towards renewing public trust in the judiciary

In an in-depth interview, Minister of Justice Mária Kolíková outlines her ambitious plan to renew public trust in the judiciary.Connection team20. Oct 2020, at 12:00

Mária Kolíková
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PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.Michaela Terenzani, 19. Oct 2020, at 11:45

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.
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Last chance before lockdown or Bergamo, government says

The government tightened up measures again, coalition leaders clashed over them. Foreign policy keeps going strong as Belarussian freedom fighter visits.Michaela Terenzani, 12. Oct 2020, at 12:23

Masks will be compulsory out in the streets. The government hopes to contain the rising second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with its latest measures.
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On inconsistencies and national emergency (which is not a lockdown)

Ruling the country is all about containing the pandemic once again. Health minister says he no longer feels fully up to the task.Michaela Terenzani, 5. Oct 2020, at 12:34

Health Minister Marek Krajčí (right) says he is only staying as minister because he feels the trust of PM Matovič (left) and the public.