Slovakia Spectator

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:04:00 +0200
Coronavirus in Slovakia: 36 new case confirmed (graphs)
The total number of PCR-confirmed cases has exceeded 391,400.

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0200
Largest Slovak theatre with seven floors and more than 2,000 rooms
Construction of the new Slovak National Theatre began in 1989 and finished in 2007.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:17:18 +0200
News digest: Third wave is coming. President urges people to get vaccinated
President and the Catholic bishops encourage people to get Covid vaccine. More foreign countries classify Slovakia as green. Cabinet apologises for the infamous Moldava raid.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:31:40 +0200
Slovakia will sell or donate unused Sputnik V vaccines
Finance Minister Igor Matovič, who orchestrated the purchase, might face an attempt to oust him.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:26:58 +0200
Third wave cannot be handled without vaccination. President asks people to stop being hesitant
The situation in districts is improving, but the first occurrence of the Delta variant can bring complications.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:27:44 +0200
Cabinet apologised for the police raid in Roma settlement in 2013
The cabinet considers the apology a humanitarian gesture towards the victims and a commitment to avoid similar failures in the future.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:22:53 +0200
Too many comments return the construction legislation to the review process
Many organisations have been critical of the changes proposed by Deputy PM Štefan Holý.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:32:59 +0200
One euro for every comment. Slovak company turns hate into love on social media
The first such campaign in Slovakia, though quite a popular technique abroad.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0200
Travelling abroad is possible. This is what you should prepare for
The Slovak Spectator has picked some destinations for travelling and requirements incomers have to meet when entering them.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:48:20 +0200
Several antigen testing sites will close in the summer. But tests will still be needed
The testing sites might be kept in hospitals, policlinics and similar medical facilities.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:44:28 +0200
North Koreans and Russians. How did hackers target Slovakia?
The security authority reported hundreds of attacks over the past year.

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:36:21 +0200
First Delta variant confirmed in Slovakia
The labs confirmed the strain in a positive sample from a person who returned from Russia.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:17:39 +0200
News digest: Central bank calling vaccination pace more important than that of GDP growth
Police announced strict border checks for tomorrow. Ministry analysts revised their GDP growth prognosis. Employees of U.S. Steel in Košice threaten a strike.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:07:44 +0200
Economy predicted to fare better, but vaccination more important
The central bank warns of the low vaccination rate may in the end negatively impact GDP.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:03:04 +0200
U.S. Steel employees are on strike alert
Employees and management unable to agree on an amendment to collective agreement.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:58:08 +0200
Bratislavans can bring still usable items they no longer need to the City Bazaar
Bratislava and municipal waste collection company organising a collection to help households get rid of unused items and simultaneously raise money for a reuse centre.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:53:39 +0200
She cannot read, she does not understand. Last victim of police raid still faces prosecution
Human rights organisations have been calling for the proper investigation of alleged police violence in the case of the 2013 Moldova raid.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:30:00 +0200
Once an ugly duckling, the pandemic has the turned logistics real estate sector into a desirable investment opportunity
The sector will continue to be driven by e-commerce, the automotive sector and the global trend of sustainability.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:18:05 +0200
Hydrogen-powered cars will be able to refuel in Slovakia this autumn
Right now, the closest refuelling station is in Vienna.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:13:15 +0200
Auschwitz survivors Vrba and Wetzler honoured with memorial room in Žilina
The room is in a Jewish senior house where the report about concentration camp came into being.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:04:53 +0200
Nine centimetres of water evaporated in Slovakia within 18 years
Between the years 2003 and 2019, the overall amount of the evaporated water increased by 10 percent.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0200
An excellent opportunity to experience 12th to 19th-century central Europe
The Mariássys family history is documented in Markušovce and remembered by the Lower Manor House, now a museum.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 18:13:00 +0200
News digest: Delta variant changes conditions for travelling
Vaccinated people will enjoy more freedoms when crossing borders. Registration for Johnson&Johnson vaccine launched. Slovakia’s recovery plan approved.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:44:19 +0200
EC approves Slovakia’s recovery plan
EC President Ursula von der Leyen said the plan meets criteria and is also ambitious.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:40:37 +0200
Vaccinated people will enjoy more benefits when crossing borders
The state plans to introduce limits for non-vaccinated people, cross-border commuters and people who have recovered from Covid.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:38:21 +0200
Croatia lifts limitations for incomers from Slovakia
People need their ID card or passport only, and are recommended to fill in a form.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:22:31 +0200
A retrial of the Kuciak case could sway people’s trust in the justice system
Slovakia breathes a collective sigh of relief as Kočner is stripped of his not-guilty verdict – for now.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:26:11 +0200
Change is good: Topoľčany Castle
Explore the Slovak San Gimignano in miniature.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:07:32 +0200
Lack of semiconductors stops production lines of another carmaker
Production in Trnava will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:05:13 +0200
Fico grows in popularity, Matovič and Remišová see their support drop
On the other hand, the public's trust in Robert Fico of Smer is rising, according to a recent Focus poll.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:57:10 +0200
Extremely hot weather continues, storms expected
Hydrometeorologists have issued several warnings for the coming days.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 08:39:12 +0200
Austerity policies proved quantifiably deadly
EU's rescue fund is a complete reversal from the disastrous austerity policies pursued in Europe in the wake of the 2008 crisis.

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0200
Home office regulation is a wasted opportunity
Lawyers most often answered queries about state aid, sensitive data or repatriantion of posted employees.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:39:35 +0200
News digest: Slovak-Hungarian relationship has never been as good as now, Hungarian MFA says
Health Ministry fears spread of Delta strain from football match in Budapest. Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister refutes claims of a negative relationship with his Slovak counterpart.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:42:48 +0200
Blog: Play is the child’s work
Learning through child-initiated play.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:55:56 +0200
A record set by Luis Suarez has been broken in Slovakia
Read other interesting stories from this week in the roundup.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:15:40 +0200
Law change makes cannabidiol legal
CBD allowed in cosmetics, but off the menu for food products.

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:42:52 +0200
The cooperation of NATO allies will be ever more crucial in this new environment
The participants in one of the final debates at the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum 2021 reflected on the recent NATO Summit in Brussels.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 20:53:33 +0200
Delta variant to shake up Slovak summer. Football match in Budapest may have been a critical moment
The government is set to toughen up the conditions for entering the country even from EU member states. The decision will be made next week.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:01:29 +0200
Fire in the main Košice hospital forced evacuation of patients and staff
60 patients, including some on lung ventilation, have been evacuated.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:56:49 +0200
News digest: Obligatory state quarantine to be discussed again
Slovak parliament rejected European report on sexual health. IKEA fined for harming the environment. Crisis staff addresses Delta variant.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:32:42 +0200
A quarter of Slovaks used personal contacts to deal with authorities in 2020
Every tenth Slovak admitted to using bribes.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:21:25 +0200
IKEA fined by Environmental Inspectorate for exceeding production limits
The company also transformed nearby wetlands without permission by planting shrub willows, sedges and grasses.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:39:23 +0200
Slovak lawmakers to the EP: Sexual and reproductive health is our affair
The parliament passed a resolution that slams an EP report on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:45:55 +0200
Parched? Sommelier proposes four remarkable Slovak wines
Experienced sommelier Rastislav Šuták on the future of wine-making, cheap wine, and what wines to drink this summer.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:06:37 +0200
A hotel in High Tatras had an unexpected visitor. A bear visited its kitchen
The animal entered via a photocell door, jumped on a counter and ran away.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:02:39 +0200
Interior minister survives ousting attempt
The session, initiated by the opposition, lasted two days.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:58:06 +0200
The world enters a new age after pandemic outbreak
The future of Europe was widely discussed during the second day of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum 2021.

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:51:11 +0200
The flying rock at Furča celebrates 35 years
The rock known as Rozlet (Flight) was created by Štefan Kovaľ.