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European institutions agreed to ban on unjustified geo-blocking

In some defined cases, merchants will and online shops will not be allowed to require consumers to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country; this means discrimination by online shops based on a… Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Nov 2017, at 1:09

Dušan Chrenek

Women receive lower pensions

But the differences are still lower than in most EU countries. Radka Minarechová ,20. Nov 2017, at 6:30

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Unfair practices or a market advantage?

Slovak companies see lower local wages to be one of a few competitive advantages. Jana Liptáková ,13. Nov 2017, at 6:30

The number of workers sent from Slovakia to other EU countries is increasing.

EC: Funds for education still low

A recent report criticises the financing of education, salaries for teachers and also large regional disparities. Compiled by Spectator staff ,9. Nov 2017, at 22:38

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Economic gap between Slovakia and western Europe remains wide

Slovakia is still lagging behind in economic convergence towards the more advanced Europe, according to the analysis of the convergence of the Slovak economy compiled by the Slovak central bank, NBS. Compiled by Spectator staff ,1. Nov 2017, at 6:04

The NBS

Tatra Summit: Multi-speed EU is inevitable

The future of Europe lies in a more integrated EU, with the eurozone due to serve as the driving force behind such integration, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír opined at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2017. Compiled by Spectator staff ,31. Oct 2017, at 13:59

Róbert Vass of GLOBSEC

Eurostat increased Slovakia’s deficit due to the gas utility

Slovakia failed to achieve its deficit objective last year, the European Union’s statistic office informed in a notification, warning that the country’s failure is second worst, after Greece. Compiled by Spectator staff ,25. Oct 2017, at 14:00

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Czechs have elected a Slovak-born billionaire

Observers do not expect the results of the Czech election to impact Czech-Slovak relations. Michaela Terenzani ,24. Oct 2017, at 16:21

Andrej Babiš after meeting with Czech President Miloš Zeman on October 23.

Fico: Slovakia is a pro-European island in Central Europe

Despite the various differences and disputes, the three top officials of Slovakia signed joint priorities in the NATO and the EU, making it the country with strongest pro-European orientation in the region. Compiled by Spectator staff ,24. Oct 2017, at 16:00

L-R: Danko, Kiska, Fico met and united over crucial issues at Bratislava Castle, October 23.

Survey: Support of EU has increased in Slovakia

Half of Slovaks have positive view of Slovakia’s EU membership Compiled by Spectator staff ,23. Oct 2017, at 22:41

A general view of the round table meeting of EU heads of state at an EU summit in Brussels on April 29, 2017.

European Commission does not consider the traditional family controversial

Hoaxes that have appeared on the internet in Slovak over the past two weeks Compiled by Spectator staff ,23. Oct 2017, at 6:13

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British PM: We are not treating EU nationals as bargaining chips

Open letter of Theresa May to EU citizens in the UK.19. Oct 2017, at 16:22

Theresa May

Europe will continue fighting dual quality products

The recent Bratislava summit raised some suggestions on solving the problem, but it will be a long process. Radka Minarechová ,18. Oct 2017, at 17:10

Yeme grocery store in Bratislava.

Governmental campaign should bring Slovaks home from the UK

The Slovak cabinet plans to persuade its expats living and working in the UK with at least a bachelor degree to return home: a campaign offering specific jobs should help. Compiled by Spectator staff ,16. Oct 2017, at 14:57

Young researchers, IT experts and medical staffers are needed in Slovakia, illustrative stock photo.

Blogger Ján Benčík receives the European Citizen's prize

The brave Slovak blogger and civil activist was nominated by a Slovak MEP. Compiled by Spectator staff ,12. Oct 2017, at 0:16

Blogger Ján Benčík receives the European Citizen's prize October 11.

Slovaks keep eating lower-quality food

Tests have confirmed again the different quality of products, but several initiatives have emerged to fight the phenomenon. Radka Minarechová ,4. Oct 2017, at 16:00

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European award-winning physics teacher: Let students experiment

Author of several physical course books and co-founder of the Centre for the Popularisation of Physics says nature sciences open many doors for those who study them. Nina Francelová ,4. Oct 2017, at 8:00

Jozef Beňuška

Brussels will pay for double quality food tests

But the laws will not change for now. Compiled by Spectator staff ,27. Sep 2017, at 14:07

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Businesses largely want a free hand in employee remuneration

The Slovak Business Alliance conducted a survey on the proposed EU directive on posting employees abroad. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Sep 2017, at 1:57

Updated: 7. Sep 2017, at 11:12

Refugee quota lawsuit is dead

We respect the court, but our stance toward quotas remains unchanged, says Fico. Michaela Terenzani ,6. Sep 2017, at 12:13

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