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Slovakia did not even consider extending a helping hand to Italians

There would be no better way to commemorate the historical legacy of the 1968 occupation and the solidarity that refugees from Czechoslovakia received in other countries then.Zuzana Števulová29. Aug 2018, at 15:58

Passengers disembark from the Diciotti ship in Sicily.

Most-Híd wants more rights for foreigners

The junior coalition party wants the right to turn to court for failed visa seekers so that Slovak law complies with that of the EU.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Aug 2018, at 14:18

Most-Híd MP Peter Kresák (front) with paryt chairman Béla Bugár and ex-justice minister Lucia Žitňanská (also of Most-Híd), illustrative stock photo.

Sensible policies would have urged more infrastructure spending in the south

We can not pretend that EU policies addressing southern Europe’s various liquidity and budgetary crises did not contribute to the collapsing infrastructure in southern Europe.Benjamin Cunningham, 19. Aug 2018, at 20:18

The collapsed bridge in Genoa

Slovakia welcomes the halt in the escalation of US-EU trade war

Possible increase of tariffs on European cars imported to the US would hurt SlovakiaJana Liptáková, 3. Aug 2018, at 15:30

Slovakia is the seventh cheapest country in the EU

People pay the most for goods and services in northern European countries.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Jul 2018, at 15:37

Illustrative stock photo

Slovak diplomat did not pay rent in New Zealand

After initial success, the owner of the house lost to Eva Tvarožková in court under the pretense of diplomatic immunity.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Jul 2018, at 23:34

The deputising Prime Minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters.

Slovakia leads among EU member states in mistrust in police

The police opine that this is the result of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Jul 2018, at 23:12

The police officer in Veľká Mača at the site of Kuciak and Kušnírová's murder.

Why should Slovaks support a stronger EU?

People like Robert Fico have convinced a fair amount of the population that a weak Brussels is good for a small country like Slovakia. It is not.Benjamin Cunningham, 6. Jul 2018, at 17:00

PM Pellegrini: Slovakia will accept migrants but nobody will come here without our consent

The EU summit brought agreement on the re-distribution of migrants; Slovakia will accept as many as 1,200 migrants to help neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Jul 2018, at 13:45

Migrants arriving on the Greek coast, illustrative stock photo.

Will Slovakia be part of the "new Schengen"?

If leaders in Brussels failed to agree on immigration, we would also feel it, says analyst Milan Nič.Lukáš Onderčanin2. Jul 2018, at 0:06

Milan Nič, analyst of the German Council for Foreign Affairs

Government wants to curb procurement watchdog powers concerning EU funds

Public Procurement Office protests against the proposed limits to its powers.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Jun 2018, at 13:58

Minister Richard Raši expects a merger will cut costs.

Liberals go on the offensive

A counterrevolution against illiberal populism is underway in parts of Europe.Benjamin Cunningham, 10. Jun 2018, at 20:08

Spain's new government ministers pose for the media after their first cabinet meeting on June 8, 2018.

New joint agriculture policy proposal disappointed Slovakia

Slovak Agriculture Ministry reacted to EC presenting legislation concerning joint policy for 2021-2027 by saying it mainly lacks the fast convergence of direct payments and the announced simplification of the system…Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Jun 2018, at 13:59

Agriculture, illustrative stock photo

Analysts: US tariffs not a threat to Europe’s economy for now

A possible hike in tariffs on cars may hurt Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Jun 2018, at 0:49

Lack of political courage cost us money last week

Three years after the worst of the Greek crisis, Europe has done little to address the roots of eurozone problems.Benjamin Cunningham, 4. Jun 2018, at 9:44

Finance Minister Peter Kazimir

Slovaks’ debts increase the most in the EU

Central bank report finds that the debts of Slovaks increase the most in the European Union, planning measures to tackle the situation.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. May 2018, at 13:31

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia's bathing water lacks in quality

Only slightly more than half of bathing sites are of excellent quality.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. May 2018, at 13:27

Zlaté Piesky lake offers a lot of opportunities to enjoy the summer.

6 percent of Slovaks lived in another EU country

According to a recent Eurostat data release, the number of EU citizens at a productive age living in another member state has been growing.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. May 2018, at 13:57

Czech Minister: We cannot automatically rule out extremist proposals

Politicians only pretend to solve citizens’ problems and I cannot do this, outgoing Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický tells Sme.By Matúš Krčmárik28. May 2018, at 10:45

Outgoing Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický

Pro-EU voters vote for anti-EU governments

This phenomenon is no longer limited to Central Europe.Benjamin Cunningham, 25. May 2018, at 17:30

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