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MFA did not violate laws with presidency events

The inspection of the Public Procurement Office has not revealed any flaws, despite the criticism of former ministry employees. Compiled by Spectator staff ,26. Apr 2017, at 14:09

the Slovak EU Council Presidency

Quote of the week

“You are asking this question based on what some 10,000 people demand, but what about the 350,000 people who gave him their preferential votes?” Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Apr 2017, at 6:30

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič

This is not a game, and these are not children

If politicians care about the future of the country, they need to offer young protesters with specific demands more than the just same old vague assurances. Michaela Terenzani ,20. Apr 2017, at 18:25

About 5,000 marched against corruptionPhoto

The secondary school students wanted to point to no solutions to big cases; they call for the dismissal of several representatives responsible for solving the corruption scandals. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Apr 2017, at 23:39

Thousands of protesters gathered on SNP Square in Bratislava.

Thousands are expected to march against corruption

The protest march is also supported by President Andrej Kiska. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Apr 2017, at 13:16

The organisers of the march (l-r): Dávid Straka, Karolína Farská and Michal Karlubík

Despite bias, two judges to decide on Mečiar amnesties anyway

The Constitutional Court has supported two of its judges who were connected in the past with the HZDS party and its chairman, Vladimír Mečiar, on the fate of whose amnesties they should decide - decided another… Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Apr 2017, at 14:30

Constitutional Court judge Peter Brňák sworn in.

Minister Richter untouched by no-confidence vote

Even the scandal surrounding underage clients of the resocialisation centre did not prompt the ruling coalition MPs to vote to recall the Labour Minister. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Apr 2017, at 13:48

PM Robert Fico (L) with the Labour Minister Ján Richter facing a no-confidence vote he survived.

Students will protest against corruption

Nearly 7,000 people plan to attend the march, refusing help from politicians. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Apr 2017, at 13:23

Illustrative stock photo

Problematic Brazilian meat found in Slovakia

Authorities call on consumers to check origin of meat. Compiled by Spectator staff ,27. Mar 2017, at 22:46

State Veterinary and Food Administration head Jozef Bíreš shows a photo of Brazilian chicken livers contaminated by gall.

Mayor charged with bribery

The mayor of a village lying close to Bratislava was charged with bribery after two specific cases of bribery. Compiled by Spectator staff ,23. Mar 2017, at 15:30

Police President Tibor Gašpar

Bašternák accused, but Fico stays in Bonaparte

The charges could still allow Bašternák to pay his tax debt and be acquitted. Michaela Terenzani ,23. Mar 2017, at 14:44

Bašternák on a poster stating "Our Man", with Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák approaching.

The official from bulletin-board tender wants to plead guilty

The two main defendants, former SNS ministers, refused to plead guilty; but if a third defendant does so, they may end up with tougher sentences. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. Mar 2017, at 23:02

Marián Janušek

Bašternák charged with tax crimes

The case goes back to 2012 when the businessman asked for excessive VAT refunds. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Mar 2017, at 13:57

People protested at the Snem party congress December 10, holding a banner with businessman Ladislav Bašternák and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.

Harabin can continue to work as judge

The disciplinary proceeding against former justice minister, ex-chair of the Supreme Court (SC) and Jusicial Council, Štefan Harabin, ended with an acquittal. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Mar 2017, at 13:55

Supreme Court judge Štefan Harabin

Ex-policeman: Raids at Bašternák were suspicious

Former senior police officer points at suspicious actions of the police during raids of firms belonging to businessman Ladislav Bašternák who rose to fame because of his high-profile political connections. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Mar 2017, at 13:35

On February 14, police made another raid at a company of Ladislav Bašternák, in Tipého Street.

Words cannot cure cancer

There is corruption in the highest places after all, general prosecutor admits. Michaela Terenzani ,16. Mar 2017, at 20:31

Corruption reaches high, says Jaromír Čižnár.

Minister Lajčák refutes accusation saying tender not legally needed

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák reacted to most recent accusation by a former ministry employee, retorting that nobody wittingly made a slip in conenction with the Slovak EU presidency. Compiled by Spectator staff ,15. Mar 2017, at 23:05

FAM Miroslav Lajčák

Ex-head of medical rescue service Bratislava sentenced for bribery

The former head of the Operation Centre of the Medical rescue Service in Bratislava, Ľubomír Kočiš, was sentenced for allocating extra bonuses to his subordinates and then requiring part of the sum back. Compiled by Spectator staff ,15. Mar 2017, at 22:45

L-R Then health minister Rochard Raši and former head of the Medical Rescue Service Bratislava Ľubomír Kočiš.

National anti-corruption unit examined 547 crimes last year

Out of these 357 were connected to corruption. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Mar 2017, at 0:28

Coalition agrees on a solution for scrapping Mečiar’s amnesties

It will unveil details on Wednesday, March 15. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Mar 2017, at 0:20

Andrej Danko (SNS), Robert Fico (Smer) and Béla Bugár (Most-Híd), from left, announced agreement on a way to scrap Mečiar's amnesties

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