Slovak Spectator

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:02:00 +0200
Coronavirus in Slovakia: 957 new cases confirmed (graphs)
The total number of cases has exceeded 38,800.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:55:23 +0200
News digest: Testing is go, several MPs positive
Slovakia-style lockdown starts tomorrow. Take a look at the latest development in our news digest.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:48:36 +0200
Orava and Bardejov in the spotlight. Nationwide testing is go in four districts
Thousands of people turned out to get tested on the first day.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:39:15 +0200
Autumn holidays change, art schools close too
The ministry will contribute to schools to buy computers and other equipment for distance learning.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:18:05 +0200
No test, no work. Employees will have to take paid or unpaid leave
Those who will be quarantined with a positive test result will be entitled to pandemic sick leave.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:09:56 +0200
Prominent prosecutor charged and suspended
Dušan Kováčik faces corruption and other charges.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:05:39 +0200
He wore his mask with his nose uncovered. Kotleba is COVID-19 positive
Three more MPs have reportedly tested positive so far.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:00:50 +0200
Trails and tribulations: the important work of Slovakia’s unpaid hiking route markers
But veteran trail marker says hikers need to pay attention to more than just signs.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:46:23 +0200
Roundup: Anniversary of the 1930 launch of President Masaryk into the Danube
The Slovak Philharmonic and Katarína Koščová to stream live concerts at the weekend, starting October 23.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:33:07 +0200
News digest: Curfew and testing is the Slovak-style lockdown
Read your overview of news on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:18:32 +0200
Curfew and closed schools. Slovakia goes into a mild lockdown this weekend
Nationwide testing will follow, accompanied by another curfew.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:54:12 +0200
Volunteers collect 355 kilos of waste in the mountains
They picked up the rubbish in the Tatras and Pieniny.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:44:18 +0200
Pandemic eating. Wrapped in a blanket, from a plastic bowl
Delivery and takeaway are growing in popularity after restrictions were put in place, but it is not an option for everyone.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:40:50 +0200
No balanced budget for next three years, this time due to COVID-19
2021-2023 general government budgets lack consolidation measures.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:22:03 +0200
One of Bratislava's oldest parks will regain its historical look
Decades of missing maintenance have left a mark on Rusovce park.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:48:47 +0200
Nationwide testing - an ambitious plan with an uncertain result
Antigen tests to be used work on patients with symptoms.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:06:38 +0200
Slovakia's best-selling thriller writer: I fear a fragmented society more than the themes of my books
Jozef Karika has published the new thriller Smršť. The halny wind is its main theme.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:50:56 +0200
Antigen tests for nationwide testing arrived in Slovakia
They will be distributed to regional headquarters and then to sampling places in the Orava region and the Bardejov district.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:49:21 +0200
Chain demon protects black water. Where in Slovakia do you find this attraction?
Based on local legend.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:45:59 +0200
State prepared an €100-million injection for tourism
The sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis should see money at the end of this year.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:37:38 +0200
Police arrest top special prosecutor, suspected of helping a mafia group
Dušan Kováčik is known for not filing any criminal lawsuits.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:48:42 +0200
News digest: Lockdown not out of the question, PM Matovič says
The overview of news from Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:40:10 +0200
How many people were infected in Volkswagen or U.S. Steel? Top companies mostly remain silent
Biggest employers have introduced measures, they do not want to talk about possible layoffs.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:32:49 +0200
Bratislava postpones the launch of its new parking policy
The city is working on several projects before the system begins.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:30:17 +0200
MPs passed the increase in minimum wage
The calculation of the six levels of the minimum wage and work surcharges will change, too.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:00:59 +0200
A curfew for those who refuse testing? Lawyers and president have doubts
The government risks the Constitutional Court canceling the nationwide testing.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:46:38 +0200
The cabinet approves plan for permanent kurzarbeit
The new fund is expected to be introduced from 2022.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:40:45 +0200
Slovaks filmed drone video of the month
They take you to the top 30 places in Slovakia.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:37:57 +0200
Abortion legislation will not change
But MP Anna Záborská, who proposed the amendment, is ready to submit it again.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:02:58 +0200
News digest: More details on testing presented, president disagrees with proposed penalties
Overview of news from Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:52:04 +0200
Those who don't attend testing should stay in isolation
Meanwhile, the government has called on medical workers to help with sample-taking.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:09:54 +0200
Practice in hospitals continues for final year medical students, some are afraid
Many medical faculties test their students regularly.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:00:36 +0200
Most Slovaks plan to participate in the nationwide testing
But people are also afraid of becoming infected and organisational chaos.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:14:52 +0200
Bratislava is testing special trolleybus
Public transport should become greener in the capital.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0200
First steps towards renewing public trust in the judiciary
In an in-depth interview, Minister of Justice Mária Kolíková outlines her ambitious plan to renew public trust in the judiciary.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:41:37 +0200
Almost a thousand restaurants and pubs did not survive this year
Other strict measures apply to them as of October 15.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:35:40 +0200
Former general prosecutor escapes discipline with a salary cut
Dobroslav Trnka has been stripped of his robe in the past.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:22:16 +0200
Here's what the across-the-board coronavirus testing should look like
The Defence Ministry introduced the basic steps of the planned testing.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:53:31 +0200
Špania Dolina: Cultural treasure
A hiker’s heaven and a show-case for folk architecture with well-preserved miners’ houses.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:53:35 +0200
News digest: Security Council will meet to discuss nationwide testing
Overview of news from Monday, October 19, 2020.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:43:59 +0200
Ombudswoman, summer festival and a scientist. The awards for sustainable development have been granted
The Pontis Foundation awarded organisations, institutions and individuals for the second time.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:39:12 +0200
Teachers trust conspiracy media, they think the government is not handling the pandemic well
One-third of teachers think the coronavirus vaccination is a preparation for implanting chips, recent poll shows.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:45:51 +0200
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.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:34:07 +0200
Matovič keeps falling. The effect of the dispute with its coalition partner is hard to guess
The senior coalition party was defeated by ex-PM Pellegrini’s movement, the Focus poll shows.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:20:27 +0200
Tourist finds ancient silver coins under an uprooted tree
The finder will get his reward.

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:22:52 +0200
The best concert I have ever heard was in Bratislava, says Dutch ambassador
Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast cycles with Slovakia's mayors and loves the Slovak capital for its rich music history.

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 18:58:23 +0200
UPDATED: Nationwide testing will be secured by the army
Foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get tested too.

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:01:28 +0200
Unauthorised protest against COVID-19 measures turns violent in Bratislava
The protest took place at a time when assemblies with more than six people are banned.

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 09:30:00 +0200
New educative path in the Low Tatras recalls its gold mining history
The mining settlement Magurka is the highest located settlement in Slovakia.

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:15:25 +0200
The state prepares nationwide coronavirus testing
It should take place during two consecutive weekends.