Last Week in Slovakia

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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.
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Spy story spices up summer in Slovakia

High government official resigns but leaves too many questions unanswered.Michaela Terenzani, 3. Aug 2020, at 12:03

Lukáš Kyselica's hearing at the defence and security committee took only ten minutes, he did not tell the MPs anything.
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PM bungled his latest thesis defence, MPs let him pass

Amid talks of how Slovakia is becoming more knowledge-based and innovative, the prime minister shows ever more fervently that he does not hold intellectual property in high regard.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Jul 2020, at 12:01

PM Igor Matovič
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What plagues the Matovič government after COVID

Graduation season is over, but final theses are all the rage in Slovak politics.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Jul 2020, at 11:56

PM Igor Matovič and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 16, 2020.
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Much remains foreign to the Foreigners' Police

The reaction of the Foreigners’ Police to the ombudswoman's report shows some old frameworks of thinking remain in place.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Jul 2020, at 11:23

People queuing in front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava.
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Coalition shakes, Matovič twists and shouts

Plagiarism scandal is not over yet, but few believe it could be fatal for the ruling coalition.Michaela Terenzani, 6. Jul 2020, at 12:17

Boris Kollár (left) and Igor Matovič.
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A taste of Boris Kollár’s multi-layered graduation cake

The government marks one hundred days amid a plagiarism scandal and the departure of one of its leaders.Michaela Terenzani, 29. Jun 2020, at 13:40

Igor Matovič and Boris Kollár on April 30, after the parliament passed the Matovič government's programme statement.
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The story of the short-lived proxy and more "values" brought up

Sunday saw shops open again and a Sme Rodina MP leave her plenipotentiary post after just a few days. Fico let slip an unintended confession.Michaela Terenzani, 22. Jun 2020, at 13:47

Sme Rodina MP Petra Krištúfková and the leader of the party, Boris Kollár.
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Two former prime ministers part ways during an eventful week

Slovakia was mentioned in international media after a school attack. The police are hard at work.Michaela Terenzani, 15. Jun 2020, at 13:50

March 2018: Robert Fico resigns as the prime minister.
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President makes a wish, prime minister gives gifts

Lifting the coronavirus measures is not a birthday party.Michaela Terenzani, 8. Jun 2020, at 13:47

President Čaputová speaking in the parliament
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Sleepy Sundays and party clashes continue

Kindergartens and primary schools reopened today while Slovakia’s questionable state of emergency remains in place.Michaela Terenzani, 1. Jun 2020, at 14:24

Robert Fico (in the front) and Peter Pellegrini.
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Homecomers sing angry blues for Matovič

Smart quarantine off to a rocky start as general prosecutor election kicks into high gear.Michaela Terenzani, 25. May 2020, at 14:17

Berg border crossing to Slovakia on Friday, May 22 afternoon.
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Battle against coronavirus almost over, a different kind of “war” about to break out

It has been an eventful week for the judiciary and for the human rights defender.Michaela Terenzani, 18. May 2020, at 12:33

PM Igor Matovič
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Europe Day celebrated amid discussions of a “mini-Schengen”

Borders and schools remain closed as the rest of the country opens up.Michaela Terenzani, 11. May 2020, at 13:58

Top three constitutional officials sign a joint declaration on foreign policy orientation on May 9.
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Green light for Matovič as pressure to reopen country mounts

The government got the MPs' confidence to carry out its plan. Experts say that if it does well, it can avert the threat of the further rise of extremism in the country.Michaela Terenzani, 4. May 2020, at 14:03

The government of Igor Matovič got its plan approved by the parliament on April 30.
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Slovakia tries to take a deeper breath as measures ease

The country embarks on its way out of the anti coronavirus measures, Matovič government embarks on its way to restore the judiciary with a stumble.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Apr 2020, at 13:35

Bookshops were among the ones that opened again on April 22.
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Long and ambitious: Matovič government promises a lot

One has to give it to them that no other government had to draft its programme statement in such a complicated time.Michaela Terenzani, 20. Apr 2020, at 14:22

The Matovič government convened on Sunday, April 19, to pass its programme document.
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Easter measures highlighted district borders in Slovakia

Coalition clashed over tailbacks in a partially locked-down country and Matovič frets over coronavirus in marginalised settlements.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Apr 2020, at 18:15

The empty Bratislava main station one day before the Easter holidays, usually one of the busiest times of year on the railroads.
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What Matovič talks about when he talks about a blackout

Slovakia is doing a good job flattening the curve so far, analysts suggest.Michaela Terenzani, 6. Apr 2020, at 14:00

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Coronavirus aid to help businesses catch their breath

Slovakia's government has finally started dealing with the economy.Michaela Terenzani, 30. Mar 2020, at 13:52

Last week brought more measures aimed at pensioners but also opening of selected shops.