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Suspicious "rural entrepreneurs" involved with Smer emerge in Nitra

Successful businesspeople from the village of Babindol who have received subsidies from EU funds worth millions have connections to the ruling Smer party. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Feb 2018, at 13:52

Competition in goulash cooking Guláš CUP 2015 in Babindol: Police President Tibor Gašpar(L), ex-minister of Agriculture Ľubomír Jahnátek (R) and Labour Minister Ján Richter (2L).

Dual-quality food should be added to list of unfair business practices

Voluntary, europe-wide food testing project to begin in March 2018. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Feb 2018, at 13:38

Prices of foodstuffs and beverages rose in annual terms by 6.8 percent in January.

Judicial Council sends Ivan Rumana to Luxembourg

After several failed attempts, the Judicial Council wants to send a judge of the Supreme Court who had been an intern at the General Court of the European Union to the vacant Slovak chair in the latter body. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. Jan 2018, at 13:52

Ivan Rumana

New rules for protection of personal data

Almost every company will be affected. Jana Liptáková ,29. Jan 2018, at 7:00

IT users' personal data can be used against them

Do the self-employed have a right to paid holiday? The EU court decides

There is a huge difference between a self-employed person who enters this status of his own free will and a self-employed person who has been forced to do so.By Martina Raábová24. Jan 2018, at 23:44

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia faces sanctions for polluted air

If member states do not demonstrate sufficient effort in solving the issue of air pollution, the European Commission will sue them in the Court of Justice of the European Union. Compiled by Spectator staff ,24. Jan 2018, at 13:08

Slovak heating companies ty to reduce the nitrogen dioxide emissions, illustrative stock photo.

Prešov has a new attraction, a model of the historical cityPhoto

The model shows how the eastern Slovak city used to look in 1768. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Jan 2018, at 13:56

Detail of the Prešov model

Economic competition was not distorted during EU Council’s presidency

Despite suggestions of media reports, rules of economic competition were not distorted in Foreign Ministry’s orders during Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, the Anti-trust Office finds. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Jan 2018, at 13:48

the Slovak EU Council Presidency

Centre for Roma Rights sues Slovak interior minister over discrimination

After Slovak Roma proxy and Justice Minister expressed worries and dissatisfaction with the draft bill on suppressing criminality in Roma settlements by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, the European Roma Rights… Compiled by Spectator staff ,17. Jan 2018, at 13:48

Roma civic patrols (already existing) should be increased, illustrative stock photo.

Slovakia marks European Cultural Heritage Year

2018 as the European Cultural Heritage Year will be marked mostly by educational events stressing the value of cultural heritage and by efforts to manifest to the public that the cultural heritage in Europe is a… Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská ,17. Jan 2018, at 7:20

ÚĽUV promotes traditional crafts and their modern use in Slovakia.

Slovakia may tax Google and Facebook

The country wants to be among the most progressive countries in the question of taxing IT giants, according to the finance minister. Compiled by Spectator staff ,9. Jan 2018, at 23:18

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Politico: Slovakia is among this year's losers

Slovakia is a case in point of how the prospects of Central and Eastern European countries fell within the EU. Compiled by Spectator staff ,28. Dec 2017, at 13:00

Prime Minister Robert Fico and Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

One Union, two Europes

If Brussels lets the member states do whatever they want, it will harm support for the EU among citizens.Pavol Baboš20. Dec 2017, at 8:29

Audit Office found no crime, but flaws in Slovakia’s EU Council’s presidency

NKÚ announced that there were no crimes committed by the Slovak organisers of the country’s presidency of EU Council, but added mistakes were made, including incomplete invoices, flawed accountancy and a formal… Compiled by Spectator staff ,19. Dec 2017, at 13:59

Federica Mogherini and Miroslav Lajčák at their joint press conference in Bratislava, during Slovak presidency of EU Council.

The fight against discrimination of minorities fails

A recent survey confirms the intolerance towards various groups across the EU. Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Dec 2017, at 6:15

Roma settlement in Markušovce

EU takes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to court for refusing refugee quotas but not Slovakia

Slovak minister points out that the latest proposals by the Estonian presidency resemble Slovakia’s proposals from the Bratislava summit. Compiled by Spectator staff ,8. Dec 2017, at 0:13

Slovakia is often disregarded when it comes to EU posts

But the countries of Central Europe need to look for reasons at home, and double their efforts, analyst says. Michaela Terenzani ,7. Dec 2017, at 14:57

Finance Minister Peter Kazimir

What kind of European are you?

If you live in Central and Eastern Europe, chances are high you belong to the "hesitant" tribe. Benjamin Cunningham ,2. Dec 2017, at 9:40

Hungarian and foreign students took to the streets of Budapest to support CEU.

Bratislava, it turns out, is not London

Locating an EU agency in the east would have been a positive signal to the eastern member states. Michaela Terenzani ,30. Nov 2017, at 21:01

Canary Wharf in London.

Slovakia promotes the benefits of its membership in NATO and the EUVideo

The first series of videos are available on the internet as of Thursday. Compiled by Spectator staff ,30. Nov 2017, at 20:48

Slovak army training.

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