Opinion, page 2

A great past but not such a bright present

How come despite its tourism potential and an industrial park nearby, Kežmarok has an unemployment rate three times higher than Slovakia's average?Anca Dragu, 10. Dec 2019, at 12:31

The town of Kežmarok, Slovakia

Winners almost always start the game with huge advantages

While theoretically open to the best possible candidates, the competition for elite jobs is actually rigged.Benjamin Cunningham, 8. Dec 2019, at 14:47

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Smer’s strong team launched action campaign

Počiatek on the record, no to the Istanbul Convention and candidate lists submitted.Michaela Terenzani, 4. Dec 2019, at 17:17

Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini, the two faces of Smer.
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Strange parallels as Britain and Slovakia go to the polls

‘Who should I vote for?’ Slovak friends sometimes ask. I am in no position to offer advice any more.James Thomson, 2. Dec 2019, at 10:42

The idea of demonstrators waving EU flags in Westminster would have seemed faintly ridiculous before 2016; now it is a common sight at moments of parliamentary drama.
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On threats and the need for information

Super-long moratorium on polls gets another green light from the ad hoc coalition of Smer, SNS and ĽSNS. Here is what happened in Slovakia over the past seven days.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Nov 2019, at 16:58

Robert Fico talks about the Smer's 2020 election slate as unusual. No political party has submitted its slate officially as of Wednesday.

It matters when two bishops speak up against Kuffa

“Clero-fascism” is more than just a textbook term in Slovakia.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Nov 2019, at 19:03

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Bloc party: Opposition has become coalition-crazed

Mid-November brought a joyful anniversary and more talk about cooperation.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Nov 2019, at 17:15

What the president said about the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Someone attempted to shake the foundations and we are still able to argue about ornaments. Read the whole speech of President Zuzana Čaputová.Zuzana Čaputová18. Nov 2019, at 15:10

President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.

Blog: 30 years after the Velvet Revolution, we still haven't found a Slovak original

November 17, 1989 was all about giving another chance to dreams stolen in 1948 and 1968.Andrea Sadloňová18. Nov 2019, at 14:38

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Crossing the Slovak-Austrian border has never become a matter of course for me

How I ran for Mária Rozmaňová who was killed on the border in 1952.Jana Liptáková, 18. Nov 2019, at 14:16

About 50 people ran on November 17 to commemorate the 42 people who were killed at the Iron Curtain between former Czechoslovakia and Austria in their attempts to flee the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in 1948-1989.

Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?Beata Balogová, 17. Nov 2019, at 18:46

1989 taught us that we the people are powerful

But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Nov 2019, at 13:00

A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.

I was in the frontline because it reflected what I felt inside

One of the leaders of the 1989 student movement, Anton Popovič, remembers the fall of the totalitarian regime.Anton Popovič15. Nov 2019, at 12:00

November 21 gathering of students at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
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All the things that were left overdue

Last week brought a resignation and a half-hearted opposition deal.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Nov 2019, at 20:34

Deputy Speaker Martin Glváč (left) and Smer chair Robert Fico (right) held a press conference on October 29, 2019

Abandon hope all ye who enter Threema

Kočner's underworld will not cease to exist with his mere sentencing.Beata Balogová, 12. Nov 2019, at 13:04

Marian Kočner (r) faces charges for, among others, forging promissory notes.

Paneláky are an irony of history

Many older Slovaks are nostalgic of the job security and the flats they got “from the state for free” before 1989.Anca Dragu, 11. Nov 2019, at 11:44


Slovakia has found the cure for the first populist power grab

When the people experience that they can win over anti-democratic forces on their own without help from outside, then it fortifies their immune reactions.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Nov 2019, at 8:00

One of the 1989 Velvet Revolution protest gatherings in Bratislava.
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Election campaign is on, times are tough

Particularly for a former general prosecutor.Michaela Terenzani, 6. Nov 2019, at 18:16

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How to handle Halloween-time trauma

Slovak politicians trick-or-treat at scandal’s door.Michaela Terenzani, 30. Oct 2019, at 17:22

Martin Glváč
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October is the cruellest month

Trying to get Slovaks to look on the bright side can be tough at the best of times. In October, their tempers shorten with the days.James Thomson, 30. Oct 2019, at 16:46

The long-term unemployed find it harder to return to work.