Journalists' dilemma over the case of the charged Jaroslav Haščák

Investigative reporter Adam Valček writes about what he learned during the Kuciak murder trial and how it applies in the case of the charged co-founder of Penta.Adam Valček, 19. Jan 2021, at 12:24

Jaroslav Haščák
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A swab instead of a jab. The renamed testing kicked off

The government spent the week deciding about nationwide testing. Lockdown is starting to show in infection numbers, experts say.Michaela Terenzani, 18. Jan 2021, at 12:48


Why Trump's Twitter ban is no censorship

The solution is to force Facebook to regulate their content more — not less.Benjamin Cunningham, 17. Jan 2021, at 21:46

Bratislava was nothing like Prague when I first came here

Former Fulbright scholar reminisces about his first introduction to the Slovak capital and shows how much it has changed in one decade.Andrew Giarelli14. Jan 2021, at 14:22

Bratislava's Old Town on a snowy night in January 2021.
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Deputy PM travelled freely from the UK, so did the new strain

The strain first found in southern England now complicates the already complicated epidemic situation in Slovakia. Sme Rodina minister gives an unconvincing explanation.Michaela Terenzani, 11. Jan 2021, at 12:15

Matovič government ministers waiting to enter the Presidential Palace on March 21, when the cabinet was officially appointed.

Once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up

Major social media companies suspended Trump’s accounts, but not before at least five people died.Benjamin Cunningham, 10. Jan 2021, at 11:01

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Be vigilant, Slovakia

An American expat's thoughts on the storming of the Capitol.Christopher Helton7. Jan 2021, at 15:22

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The year of the vaccine started with a stricter lockdown

Some hospitals are on their last legs. A prominent suicide puts the government's future at stake.Michaela Terenzani, 4. Jan 2021, at 13:43

Vaccination rollout in Slovakia.

The year of the mask

During 2020, mask-wearing has come to symbolise what unites and divides us.Michaela Terenzani, 28. Dec 2020, at 8:16

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Coalition copes with COVID and crisis

PM calls economy minister an idiot and demands his resignation. He and several ministers test positive one day later. Former economy minister of Pellegrini's cabinet is in hot water.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Dec 2020, at 13:04

Economy Minister Richard Sulík

Who is complicit in the rise of the far right

Today’s conservatives work with the far right because even if their rhetorical tenor is different their core beliefs are the same.Benjamin Cunningham, 21. Dec 2020, at 10:00

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What do you want for Christmas?

A vaccine would be nice. But a state that inspires trust would be the gift that keeps on giving.James Thomson, 20. Dec 2020, at 6:33


There is a word Slovaks can teach the world

Miroslav Beblavý wrote a book about papalášism in Slovakia. In this interview he explains what shocked him about it the most.Michaela Terenzani, 19. Dec 2020, at 7:41

Miroslav Beblavý
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It'll be a lockdown Christmas in Slovakia

Mitigation rules for Christmas holidays not enough, government's advisors call for a lockdown. State budget, pension changes, judiciary reform, and new GP takes office.Michaela Terenzani, 14. Dec 2020, at 12:15

A closed terrace in Bratislava.

Blog: The rewards of learning a language are greater than you imagine

On the importance of English and English as a second language.Sarah Keys12. Dec 2020, at 7:22

2020 has had its positives

We were forced to rethink who essential workers are and more.Benjamin Cunningham, 11. Dec 2020, at 14:57

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Individuals with shell companies in tax havens received the stop sign

Even though the bill has passed the standard legislative process, some changes were submitted literally at the latest possible moment – shortly before the second reading.Renáta Bláhová10. Dec 2020, at 18:59

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While coalition fights over schools, coronavirus grows stronger

New general prosecutor elected, thorough cleaning expected. Prominent arrests continue in December.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Dec 2020, at 12:46

Still waiting for Facebook to apologise

Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are starting to acknowledge what they really are.Benjamin Cunningham, 7. Dec 2020, at 9:34