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‘We’re on Our Own,’ says Fico

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Prime Minister Robert Fico left an informal summit of EU leaders on Wednesday evening with the idea that Slovakia may just have to go it alone when it comes to boosting the country’s growth. According to him, the talks failed to pin down a specific and resolute set of measures aimed at encouraging growth, and [...]

Lajcak visits Serbia

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak visits Serbia today, following Serbian Progression Party leader Tomislav Nikolic’s victory in last weekend’s presidential election. Lajcak, who is fluent in 9 languages, including Serbian, also makes his trip on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. Mr Lajcak is very familiar [...]

Only a fifth of Slovak Roma receive Secondary-school education

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Slovakia still maintains a segregation policy in its schools. This was the criticism aimed at Slovakia recently by the human rights activist group, Amnesty International (AI). The problem of Slovakia’s apparent institutionalised discrimination towards its Roma population just won’t seem to go away, however much it is ignored. Amnesty International reported that the segregation of [...]

Dzurinda Takes a Swipe at Smer

Stepping down as party head, Mikulas Dzurinda (c) The Daily.sk

The Smer-SD party of Robert Fico promises security and certainty in their billboards around the country, said Dzurinda, but the only certainties should they succeed will be that Stefan Harabin will remain as Supreme Court Chairman, Jozef Centes won’t be appointed to the post of Attorney General, and major scandals won’t be properly investigated. SDKU [...]

Slota’s Plans for Koruna Return

Jan Slota (c) The Daily.SK

Controversial SNS leader Jan Slota announced his plans for Slovakia together with deputy Rafael Rafaj after the party leadership meeting. Slota hopes his measures will adequately prepare Slovakia financially should they be forced to return to the Slovak Koruna. He revealed a 16% flat tax rate, sure to be popular, and an increase in pensions as [...]

December Jobless Total Highest in 7 years

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The total number of working age people in Slovakia registered as unemployed in December last year saw an increase of 0.26%, bringing the figure to 13.59%. The Central Office for Labour, Social Affairs and Family announced the figures on Friday 20 January, with the total being the highest monthly total seen since July 2004, when [...]

Slovan Shatter AS Roma Illusions with 1-0 Win

Belasi fans well satisfied with the result

ŠK Slovan Bratislava (nicknamed Belasi) managed to beat the strong favourites AS Roma last night in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-offs thanks to a fantastic header by Martin Dobrotka 10 minutes from the end. The jubilation came after Slovan got a corner, taken by captain Igor Žofčák, which Dobrotka attacked and [...]

Ministry of Interior Signs Agreement With FBI

MP Daniel Lipsic (c) The Daily

Interior minister Daniel Lipsic and police commissioner Jaroslav Spisiak have signed an agreement in Washington with deputy chief of the FBI Sean Joyce that will see Slovak police officers get special training from FBI experts. The main focus of the training will be on ways to combat top economic criminality, with the hope that punishing [...]

Slovaks Tank Down Petrol Consumption by 10%

Cheaper fuel (c) The Daily.SK

An article in today’s Hospodarske Noviny points to a substantial 10% drop in the volume of petrol consumption in Slovakia, showing how thrifty people have become since the crisis. The drop in consumption in Slovakia was possibly double that of its neighbours, according to Jan Toth from the Financial Policy Institute at the Ministry of [...]

Slovakia Shudders from 3.7 Earthquake on Monday

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A mild earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Slovakia on Monday morning, with no damages or injuries recorded. The epicentre was about 20 km from the Slovak-Hungarian border near the Hungarian town of Oroszlany and it comes less than six months after a 4.7 earthquake was registered in the same region in January, [...]

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