Opinion

How about reforming the way we run elections?

More information could be a good thing for democracy.Benjamin Cunningham, 5. Aug 2020, at 7:34

Election officials get ready to count the ballots on November 27.

It is quintessential for Slovakia to boost its human capital

How the EU recovery fund can be used to bolster talent in the country.Vladimír Zlacký3. Aug 2020, at 22:24

Younger generations are trying to shape the labour market, but not all employers are willing to respect their demands.
Last Week in Slovakia

Spy story spices up summer in Slovakia

High government official resigns but leaves too many questions unanswered.Michaela Terenzani, 3. Aug 2020, at 12:03

Lukáš Kyselica's hearing at the defence and security committee took only ten minutes, he did not tell the MPs anything.

How to hunt for a high-level job

The higher the level candidates have reached, the more difficult it is to change jobs and to find something locally appealing as the Slovak market lacks headquarter level jobs.Mariana Turanová30. Jul 2020, at 7:00

AmCham blog

What Košice can learn from Brno and Tartu

Peter Kolesár (Civitta Slovakia) and Mary MacPherson (Slovak American Foundation) point to Košice’s potential to become a regional innovative hub, demonstrating the path to follow on the examples of Brno and…Mary MacPherson, Peter Kolesár28. Jul 2020, at 12:00

Košice

We stand with Index.hu: Nincs másik

The fall of the independent news website in Hungary concerns all independent journalists in the region.Beata Balogová, 28. Jul 2020, at 11:44

Index.hu editorial after the journalists filed their resignations.
Last Week in Slovakia

PM bungled his latest thesis defence, MPs let him pass

Amid talks of how Slovakia is becoming more knowledge-based and innovative, the prime minister shows ever more fervently that he does not hold intellectual property in high regard.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Jul 2020, at 12:01

PM Igor Matovič

There is no option that speaks well of Matovič’s character

In 2020, plagiarism is a bigger deal than it ever was, because ideas are worth more than money.Benjamin Cunningham, 26. Jul 2020, at 20:32

Smer MP Juraj Blanár (l) speaking to the assembly hall. PM Igor Matovič in the background.

Advancing human rights for all makes us more competitive and successful

Joint statement of 39 signatories, mostly embassies.23. Jul 2020, at 17:52

Rainbow Pride, illustrative stock photo
Letter to the Editor

When will UK add Slovakia to the ‘green list’?

Explaining the situation in the UK to locals is a painful process for an expat in Slovakia.Edwin John Skelton21. Jul 2020, at 15:02

Illustrative stock photo

Tracking down talents vs. filling positions

As in other consulting partnerships, the experience, energy and resources a consulting company must put in a project require a payment guarantee.Martin Krekáč21. Jul 2020, at 7:00

Blog: We should always be on the side of vulnerable people

A volunteer for a Slovak NGO in Albania describes her interaction with a member of the Egyptian minority in Albania.Laura Naw21. Jul 2020, at 7:00

Tani with Cyriakus, an EUAV volunteer, distributing food supplies during COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Week in Slovakia

What plagues the Matovič government after COVID

Graduation season is over, but final theses are all the rage in Slovak politics.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Jul 2020, at 11:56

PM Igor Matovič and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 16, 2020.
Interview

Diplomacy is more virtual for the moment, but personal contact is everything

We are more understanding of people’s personal circumstances than we were before the pandemic, says outgoing UK Ambassador Andy Garth.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Jul 2020, at 11:13

UK Ambassador Andy Garth
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Slovak economy: What next?

Improvements in business environment, strong support of the domestic start-ups and of human capital formation alongside further institutional improvements will be key.Vladimír Zlacký15. Jul 2020, at 15:52

Interview

Pandemic has shown us how important it is to keep borders open in the long run

Slovakia will be expected to come up with innovative and sustainable projects financed from the EU recovery fund, says the German Ambassador to Slovakia as Germany takes over the EU Council presidency.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Jul 2020, at 14:05

German Ambasdsador to Slovakia Joachim Bleicker.
AmCham blog

How artificial intelligence arrives to health care

Ján Dudek from the Institute of Health Policy offers an analysis of AI in health care and how Slovakia could benefit from this trend.Ján Dudek13. Jul 2020, at 11:35

Watson Assistant for Citizens automates responses to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on topics such as symptoms, testing and protective measures.
Last Week in Slovakia

Much remains foreign to the Foreigners' Police

The reaction of the Foreigners’ Police to the ombudswoman's report shows some old frameworks of thinking remain in place.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Jul 2020, at 11:23

People queuing in front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava.
Nice driveway! An occasional column on life in Slovakia

Selling (out) the future

The behaviour on display in the latest plagiarism scandal is mirrored by that of some educational institutions too.James Thomson, 12. Jul 2020, at 15:35

Speaker of Parliament Boris Kollár holds a press briefing on June 23, 2020, in Bratislava, explaining his plagiarism.
Last Week in Slovakia

Coalition shakes, Matovič twists and shouts

Plagiarism scandal is not over yet, but few believe it could be fatal for the ruling coalition.Michaela Terenzani, 6. Jul 2020, at 12:17

Boris Kollár (left) and Igor Matovič.