Last Week in Slovakia

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Deputy PM travelled freely from the UK, so did the new strain

The strain first found in southern England now complicates the already complicated epidemic situation in Slovakia. Sme Rodina minister gives an unconvincing explanation.Michaela Terenzani, 11. Jan 2021, at 12:15

Matovič government ministers waiting to enter the Presidential Palace on March 21, when the cabinet was officially appointed.
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The year of the vaccine started with a stricter lockdown

Some hospitals are on their last legs. A prominent suicide puts the government's future at stake.Michaela Terenzani, 4. Jan 2021, at 13:43

Vaccination rollout in Slovakia.
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Coalition copes with COVID and crisis

PM calls economy minister an idiot and demands his resignation. He and several ministers test positive one day later. Former economy minister of Pellegrini's cabinet is in hot water.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Dec 2020, at 13:04

Economy Minister Richard Sulík
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It'll be a lockdown Christmas in Slovakia

Mitigation rules for Christmas holidays not enough, government's advisors call for a lockdown. State budget, pension changes, judiciary reform, and new GP takes office.Michaela Terenzani, 14. Dec 2020, at 12:15

A closed terrace in Bratislava.
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While coalition fights over schools, coronavirus grows stronger

New general prosecutor elected, thorough cleaning expected. Prominent arrests continue in December.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Dec 2020, at 12:46

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Hospital manners expose the toxicity of Kollár

Unjustified privileges overshadow some good news of the coalition's work. Halloween testing will not be repeated during advent time.Michaela Terenzani, 30. Nov 2020, at 13:01

PM Igor Matovič (l) and Speaker of Parliament Boris Kollár
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Government has learned little, hesitates to open school gates

Education is a question of rights. So is protesting against the government, but at what costs? Slovakia welcomes hefty investment that comes with a warning sign.Michaela Terenzani, 23. Nov 2020, at 13:46

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The unbearable randomness of measure-lifting

Slovakia reports improved COVID numbers, government has eased measures. Coronavirus situation remains grim but macroeconomic stats and football provide some good news.Michaela Terenzani, 16. Nov 2020, at 13:39

Cinemas, theatres, and churches can open as of Monday, November 16, but they are only allowed to let in 50 percent of their capacity of guests.
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Testing eases tensions. Or does it?

Former police leadership ends up behind bars. Prime minister offers a questionable interpretation of results. Do not confuse Slovakia and Slovenia on Twitter as Biden wins.Michaela Terenzani, 9. Nov 2020, at 12:52

PM Igor Matovič presents the results of the first round of the nationwide testing.
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Slovakia celebrated Halloween with long queues and millions of nasal swabs. What's next?

After initial concerns, everyone who wanted to could get tested in Slovakia over the past weekend. It is too early to say if the mass testing is a success story and will help the country avoid a lockdown.Michaela Terenzani, 2. Nov 2020, at 8:23

The testing in Bratislava on October 31, 2020.
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Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.Michaela Terenzani, 26. Oct 2020, at 12:24

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.
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PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.Michaela Terenzani, 19. Oct 2020, at 11:45

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.
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Last chance before lockdown or Bergamo, government says

The government tightened up measures again, coalition leaders clashed over them. Foreign policy keeps going strong as Belarussian freedom fighter visits.Michaela Terenzani, 12. Oct 2020, at 12:23

Masks will be compulsory out in the streets. The government hopes to contain the rising second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with its latest measures.
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On inconsistencies and national emergency (which is not a lockdown)

Ruling the country is all about containing the pandemic once again. Health minister says he no longer feels fully up to the task.Michaela Terenzani, 5. Oct 2020, at 12:34

Health Minister Marek Krajčí (right) says he is only staying as minister because he feels the trust of PM Matovič (left) and the public.
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PM Matovič continues to test negative

The PM steps in as coronavirus numbers steeply rise. It has been a steady week for Slovakia's foreign policy.Michaela Terenzani, 28. Sep 2020, at 10:55

PM Igor Matovič
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Czechia neither red nor green, and leaks all over

Situation in Slovakia is getting worse, authorities start taking measures, albeit reluctantly. Next Generation EU plan leaks.Michaela Terenzani, 21. Sep 2020, at 12:47

Entering Slovakia from the Czech Republic through the border crossing in Holíč, western Slovakia.
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Slovakia might have squandered its moment to take a breath

The fall brings stricter measures yet authorities are determined to keep borders and economy as open as possible.Michaela Terenzani, 14. Sep 2020, at 12:27

Late summer days in Bratislava will be marked by stricter anti-COVID measures as cases surge in the capital.
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No end to impunity yet. How the verdict will affect Slovakia

The verdict in the Kuciak murder trial dominated the news last week and has further divided Slovakia.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Sep 2020, at 12:49

The families of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová after the verdict.
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To make it through September

As the summer holidays draw to a close, the easy living of the early summer is being replaced by some anxiety, while schools prepare to open for the new school year on Wednesday.Michaela Terenzani, 31. Aug 2020, at 12:43

Health Minister Marek Krajčí
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Surprise decision delays the historic verdict by a month

The judges can still go back and ask for more evidence in the Kuciak murder trial.Michaela Terenzani, 10. Aug 2020, at 11:08

Alena Zsuzsová is charged with ordering Kuciak's murder on Marian Kočner's behalf.