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Unemployment rate drops to historical low
The challenge for 2019 will be to have the unemployment rate fall below 5 percent, Labour Minister Ján Richter stated.

Lajčák: Brexit agreement is good, there is no reason to re-open it
EU ministers are waiting on the UK.

Yellow buses will travel between Bratislava and Croatia in the summer
The connection is planned for two days a week during the summer holiday.

American producer Timbaland posts a video of the little Slovak bassist
Justin Timberlake also dropped a line saying Áron is dripping sauce.

Precious Roman coins found during construction of Bratislava bypass
The grave of a woman with a deformed skull was also un-earthed.

More critical voices speak out against Danko’s doctoral dissertation
Two more academic institutions and the Slovak Academy of Sciences have supported the universities in their criticism of the paper and the actions of the current education minister.

Deputy parliamentary speaker sent selfies to Alena Zs.
Yet another influential Smer politician, Martin Glváč, faces accusations of talking to Kočner's collaborator.

Kia explains the layoff of its employees
The carmaker responds to the complaints of employees published on Facebook.

Slovakia’s Pohoda wins two prestigious European festival awards
The festival organiser praised the awards and says they want to continue and improve the quality of the summer festival.

Coalition demands the right of reply for politicians
Politicians ponder new provisions for the Press Code, Speaker of Parliament Danko wants to defend himself against op-eds too.

Blog: Slovak art therapist's passion grew while living in poverty abroad
Zuzana Krnacova was both tested and inspired while working a below-average job in the UK.

Do you know where you can find the highest placed statue in Slovakia?
Sculptors have decorated the High Tatras with ice statues

Theresa May at least has the courage to try
May keeps her job because nobody else is capable, or willing, to take on the impossible task of Brexit.

Maya expert: The world we live in is not the only one possible
Leading Slovak expert contributes to rewriting Maya history.

Šefčovič will run for president
Our country needs good and non-partisan president, he said.

‘All his own work’
To preserve their credibility, real academics must call out plagiarism.

Offer of new apartments in Bratislava hits new low
The lack of available apartments is pushing prices up.

Leak of dangerous substances on R7 construction site reported but not confirmed
The police will investigate potential scaremongering.

Bratislava airport handled record number of passengers in 2018
It also broke other records last year.

Biathlete Kuzmina triumphs in the women’s 10km sprint
It is her second World Cup victory this season.

Slovakia breaks record in car production, but future is electric
This year will be extremely demanding for the car industry in Slovakia.

Slovakia faces an important vote: How will the country look in the next 12 years?
The quality of the Constitutional Court, the last instance of defence of constitutionality in the country, depends on its 13 judges.

Bratislava Christmas tram is one of the most beautiful in Europe
A Hungarian and Czech town took the first two positions.

Slovak children kidnapped? No!
Thousands have shared the latest hoax on the abduction of children on social media. The police warn that scaremongering is criminal act.

Romanian companies are on the rise in Slovakia
One of the main problems of the Slovak labour market is behind the development.

Teachers call on Lubyová to stop misleading in Danko’s case
Lying has always been lying, Comenius University's Faculty of Arts wrote in its open letter.

Spectacular Slovakia #18: Be a miner for a day
You cannot walk more than a few metres without seeing some symbol of Banská Štiavnica’s rich mining history.

15 Slovaks have become Righteous Among the Nations
More than 580 Slovaks have received the honour to date.

Peter and his wife offered their basement to save a big family
Love your neighbour as yourself is the commandment best illustrated by this story.

A woman who became a mother to little Jewish girls
Štefánia took care of her children but also of sisters Vera and Denisa.

Poor people with big hearts
The Rapčans sheltered a family from Prague in their little house.

A boy hid her in his luggage
Little Eva escaped death many times.

Karolína gave her life to save the innocent
The Germans not only put Karolína to death but also Jews she was trying to protect.

They treated Erika as their daughter
Although Anna and Ignác saved Erika, the whole village helped her, too.

She baked bread to keep them full
Because of Zlatica and her husband's determination and courage, 10 Jews survived the war.

Imrich and Mária saved two Jewish families
They could not tell their sons and grandfather about them.

A hero who saved thousands of Jews
Ondrej noted down the testimony of Walter and Alfred after they escaped from Auschwitz.

Home is where the music makes sense
We may share poverty, but never the songs that make us shiver.

U.S. Steel Košice will invest $130 million in Košice
It will construct a new line to produce more electrical steel.

First deputy general prosecutor requests Kočner be questioned for his planned murder
Peter Šufliarsky admits he met Kočner a few times.

Slovakia had followers of Palach
Despite the efforts of the communist regime, people kept Jan Palach and his protest in their memory.

Sport, torture and guns; Palach was a fighter
The death of Ján Palach inspired protests that led to the overthrow of the communist regime.

Another zero-waste shop opens in Bratislava
It is possible to grind flour or make your own peanut butter in the shop

December inflation surprised analysts
Price have gone up on a year-on-year basis, but decreased in December.

Slovakia makes innovation progress in IT sector
But the country lags behind in robotics and medicine.

40 villages have announced a snow emergency
The situation in northern Slovakia is critical. Meanwhile, the roof of a manufacturing hall collapsed in Oravská Lesná.

Institutional racism penetrated the justice system
No amount of evidence will ever be enough to hold racist police officers to account when they terrorise and brutalise Roma communities.

Slovakia is less flexible due to work surcharges
The country has dropped out of the top 30 in the Employment Flexibility Index.

Deputy general prosecutor resigns after communicating with a suspect in Kuciak's murder
Facebook chat with the person who is suspected of paying for Kuciak's murder has ended his career.

How powerful is a Slovak passport?
Slovaks have visa-free access to 180 destinations in Europe, America, and eastern Africa.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava
Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 18 and January 27, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

University has confirmed: Parliament's Speaker copied large parts of his thesis
The commission did not use the word “plagiarism”, which Danko used to dismiss his critics.

Ruling parties split over attitude to Russia
Slovakia has not updated its security strategy since 2005.

In the Tatras they have to clean Nativity scene of snow to be able to see it
Besides the Nativity scene, there is an over-sized figure of mountain load bearer.

Only one-quarter of Slovaks earn more than €1,200
The average wage in 2018 exceeded the €1,000 threshold for the first time.

Two Bratislava university hospital clinics may collapse
But the ministry and the hospital are not panicking.

Slovakia, we have a problem
The first satellite has basically gone silent forever.

Buongiorno Slovacchia

Sole, ma termometro in picchiata. Sakova: sulla neve si è agito in ritardo
Dopo le tempeste di neve, è arrivato il ghiaccio. Le previsioni del tempo per l’inizio di questa settimana danno tempo sereno o parzialmente nuvoloso [ ... ]

La Slovacchia ha fornito aiuti umanitari per 295.000 euro nel 2018
Il governo della Slovacchia ha inviato all’estero nel 2018 aiuti umanitari per circa 295.000 euro, in buona parte sotto forma di attrezzature mediche costruite in [ ... ]

La tesi di Danko è un plagio. Critiche delle università slovacche al capo del Parlamento
Le più importanti università slovacche hanno espresso critiche anche aspre nei confronti del presidente del Parlamento slovacco Andrej Danko, la cui tesi di dottorato, [ ... ]

Disoccupazione, scende ancora il tasso a dicembre: 5,04%
Il tasso di disoccupazione in Slovacchia si è attestato al 5,04% nel dicembre 2018, un valore in flessione di 0,05 punti percentuali rispetto a [ ... ]

Tuteliamo la voce e i diritti degli italiani all’estero
«A giorni arriverà nell’aula del Senato la proposta di legge costituzionale, sostenuta dall’attuale maggioranza, che interviene sul numero dei parlamentari e riduce la rappresentanza [ ... ]

Matera Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019, un evento lungo un anno
Dopo un lungo countdown iniziato il 17 ottobre 2014, sabato 19 gennaio 2019 Matera è divenuta ufficialmente Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019. Un titolo [ ... ]

Quanto costa all’UE l’elusione fiscale delle multinazionali
Da Apple a Starbucks, l’evasione delle multinazionali costa ogni anno decine di miliardi ai paesi europei, distorcendo la concorrenza e aggravando i bilanci pubblici. [ ... ]

Levoča, piano d’azione del governo ridurrà la disoccupazione
Il Consiglio dei ministri in tour nella Slovacchia orientale ha tenuto, dopo quella di Snina, una seconda seduta in trasferta a Levoča, capoluogo del [ ... ]

Corte costituzionale, si scaldano i motori per la scelta di 9 nuovi giudici
Si scaldano i motori per la sessione parlamentare di fine gennaio che dovrà nominare i diciotto candidati alla Corte costituzionale, tra i quali il [ ... ]

Maroš Šefčovič è ufficialmente candidato alla presidenza
Dopo qualche altra notte di riflessione, il commissario europeo per l’Unione energetica e vicepresidente della Commissione UE Maroš Šefčovič ha annunciato oggi definitivamente che [ ... ]

SVPS: Slovacchia pronta a combattere il virus della peste suina africana
Dopo il ritrovamento di un cinghiale infetto dal virus della peste suina africana in territorio ungherese, ad appena 350 metri dal confine slovacco, il [ ... ]

Dall’UE più fondi per dismissione centrale nucleare Bohunice V1
Il Parlamento europeo ha esortato l’Unione europea, tramite una risoluzione approvata nell’Assemblea plenaria, a modificare il programma di finanziamento per la disattivazione delle centrali [ ... ]

Record di passeggeri nel 2018 all’aeroporto di Bratislava, che però rimane in rosso
L’aeroporto internazionale M.R. Štefánik di Bratislava nel 2018 ha gestito 2,3 milioni di passeggeri, un numero che registra una crescita annua del 18% e [ ... ]

Libri: “Il museo della lingua italiana”, tour virtuale nella lingua reale
Un viaggio virtuale in quindici sale disposte su tre piani corrispondenti ad altrettante epoche: italiano antico, moderno e contemporaneo. “Il museo della lingua italiana” [ ... ]

Centinaia di migliaia di persone stanno lasciando i Balcani
Centinaia di migliaia di persone lasciano i Balcani, dove non vedono un futuro. Le cause oltre che economiche sono anche sociali e politiche. Ogni [ ... ]

Slovakia News

Main Trilobit award goes to “Czechoslovaks in the Gulag”

The main prize in this year’s Trilobit film and television awards has
gone to director Marta Nováková for her documentary series
“Czechoslovaks in the Gulag”. The documentary series explores the fate
of Czechs and Slovaks who experienced the terrible cruelty of the Soviet
regime in the years between…

Published: 
Monday, January 21, 2019

Controversial concert in Palach’s memory goes ahead despite protests

A concert by Italian neo-Nazi bands in memory of the Czech student martyr
Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest against growing public apathy
to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, was held at a country
estate close to Verona on Saturday, despite efforts by Czech and Italian
officials…

Published: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Czechs marking 50th anniversary of Jan Palach’s death

Czechs are paying homage to the memory of student Jan Palach who set
himself on fire to protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led
invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. His action roused the public and
hundreds of thousands turned out for his funeral which was perceived as a
massive silent…

Published: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Concert by neo-Nazi bands in Palach’s memory to go ahead despite protests

A concert by Italian neo-Nazi bands in memory of the Czech student martyr
Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest against growing public apathy
to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, will go ahead in
Verona despite efforts by Czech and Italian officials to prevent the
misappropriation…

Published: 
Friday, January 18, 2019

Czech martyr Jan Palach’s enduring legacy, 50 years after his self-immolation

Fifty years ago on January 16, a young Czech university student named Jan
Palach doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at the top of
Prague’s Wenceslas Square. Three days after staging this desperate
attempt to rouse a demoralised Czechoslovakia in the face of Soviet
occupation, he died in a burns clinic. Though his immediate political goals
failed, Jan Palach inspired and steeled the resolve of countless others to
fight for freedom during the two decades of ‘Normalisation’ that
followed the crushing of the Prague Spring.

Published: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

“This was something new” – Palach Week 1989, when thousands first took to the streets to protest communism

The 20th anniversary of Jan Palach’s self-immolation brought many
thousands onto the streets for protests that had no precedent in communist
Czechoslovakia. Palach Week, as it became known, began on January 15 1989
and saw running battles between demonstrators and riot police. Hundreds
were arrested, among them top dissidents such as Václav Havel, and the
events are seen by some as foreshadowing the Velvet Revolution, 10 months
later.

Published: 
Monday, January 14, 2019

“This was something new” – Palach Week 1989, when thousands first took to the streets to protest communism

The 20th anniversary of Jan Palach’s self-immolation brought many
thousands onto the streets for protests that had no precedent in communist
Czechoslovakia. Palach Week, as it became known, began on January 15 1989
and saw running battles between demonstrators and riot police. Hundreds
were arrested, among them top dissidents such as Václav Havel, and the
events are seen by some as foreshadowing the Velvet Revolution, 10 months
later.

Published: 
Monday, January 14, 2019

Canadian House of Commons Speaker to honor Jan Palach

Chairman of the Canadian House of Commons, Geoff Regan, will honor the
memory of Jan Palach at Charles University in Prague on January 18. The
Czechoslovak student died after setting himself alight in Prague on 16
January 1969 in protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led
invasion of Czechoslovakia.

A…

Published: 
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Czech Holocaust survivor George Brady dies at age 90

Czech-born Holocaust survivor George Brady has died in Toronto at the age
of 90, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday, citing his nephew and
former culture minister Daniel Herman.

The Auschwitz survivor has lived in Canada since 1951. In 2016, he became a
central figure in the Czechoslovak Independence…

Published: 
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Czech president to visit Slovakia for fist foreign trip of 2019

President Zeman’s first foreign trip in 2019 will take him to neighboring
Slovakia, the president’s office told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
The Czech head of state will attend the summit of the Bucharest Nine, the
countries making up the eastern flank on NATO.

In the first half of this year,…

Published: 
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Home of Jan Palach to become permanent memorial

As the 50 anniversary of Jan Palach’s self-immolation draws near, the
National Museum has released details on a project it has been preparing for
over a year. The house where the Czechoslovak martyr grew up is to open as
a special Palach museum in August.

Published: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Slovak president honours lawyer who represented family of Jan Palach

The Slovak president, Andrej Kiska, has bestowed a high state honour in
memoriam on Dagmar Burešová, a Czech lawyer who represented the family of
Jan Palach following his death. Mr. Kiska did so during a ceremony on
Tuesday evening linked to the recent anniversary of the foundation of the
Slovak state.…

Published: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Czech manufacturing above world average in use of robots, says HSBC study

For every 10,000 employees in the Czech Republic, there are 101 robots.
This measurement, used in a recent HSBC study, places the Central European
state above the world average, which lies at 74 robots. However, in the
country’s neighbour Slovakia the robot population average is higher by a
third. The study also claims that due to its ageing population study the
Czech Republic will need to continue increasing the share of robots in its
economy.

Published: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Czechs manufacturing above world average in use of robots, says HSBC study

For every 10,000 employees in the Czech Republic, there are 101 robots.
This measurement, used in a recent HSBC study, places the Central European
state above the world average, which lies at 74 robots. However, in the
country’s neighbour Slovakia the robot population average is higher by a
third. The study also claims that due to its ageing population study the
Czech Republic will need to continue increasing the share of robots in its
economy.

Published: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Quarter of Czech first division soccer players foreign

One-quarter of the players in Czech football’s top division are
foreigners, iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday. Of the 354 players who made
appearances in the autumn part of the season, 90 were not from the Czech
Republic, the news site said.

While Slovaks, as is traditional, account for a large number…

Published: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Prague hopes to turn ex-hospital where Jan Palach died into ‘Museum of Totalitarianism’

Fifty years ago this January, Jan Palach doused himself in petrol and set
himself alight on Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet occupation of
Czechoslovakia. Prague City Hall is now looking to buy the former hospital
where he died – slated to become a luxury hotel – and turn it into a
“museum of totalitarianism”.

Published: 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Ukrainian ambassador hits back at Klaus over “provocation” comment

The Ukrainian ambassador to Prague, Yevhen Perebyjnis, has hit back at a
statement by former Czech president Václav Klaus, who said on Sunday that
Ukraine was being goaded by Western political elites, including that of the
Czech Republic, to provoke Russia. Mr. Perebyjnis asked on Twitter whether
Czechoslovakia…

Published: 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Paulina Bren: There was a large spectrum of collaboration during normalisation – just to function, you had to be somewhere on it

In her book The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the
1968 Prague Spring, historian Paulina Bren offers fresh perspectives on
various aspects of Czechoslovakia’s normalisation period. These include
how the Communists used TV serials to get their message across at a time
when the nation, forced to accept the re-imposition of relatively hardline
rule, largely turned inward. She makes particular reference to TV writer
Jaroslav Dietl, creator of some of the most popular shows of that era.

Published: 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Nominees for Czech Film Critic’s Awards announced

The nominations have been announced for the ninth annual Czech Film
Critics’ Awards to be presented on February 2 at Prague’s Archa
Theatre. Director Robert Sedláček’s film Jan Palach about the student
who took his own life in protest of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of
Czechoslovakia received six nominations.…

Published: 
Thursday, January 3, 2019

David Vaughan’s Hear My Voice explores the “shifting sense of reality” in the run-up to WW2

Earlier this year the Czech Republic marked the 80th anniversary of the
Munich Agreement, signed in September 1938 by the leaders of Germany,
France, Great Britain, and Italy, resulting in the annexation of the
Sudetenland by Nazi Germany. Radio Prague’s David Vaughan recently
published a book in the UK titled “Hear My Voice”, most of which is set
in Czechoslovakia in the months preceding the Munich agreement. Its
narrator is an interpreter for the international press corps in Prague and
he watches the events of 1938 unfold in Central Europe as the atmosphere is
getting tenser ahead of the outbreak of the Second World War. Pavla
Horáková spoke to David Vaughan and their conversation begins with a few
paragraphs from the book.

Published: 
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Czech former champion boxer Lukáš Konečný wins comeback fight

Super welterweight Lukáš Konečný, widely considered to be the most
successful Czech boxer in modern history, won his comeback fight in Prague
on Thursday evening, beating his Slovak opponent Matúš Babiak by
unanimous decision.

Konečný, who turned 40 in July, once held the WBO interim, European and
European…

Published: 
Friday, December 28, 2018

Paul Ort: Three times the Gestapo came looking for my brothers and I – three times my father fobbed them off

Dr. Paul Ort’s mother and grandfather were murdered by the Nazis in
reprisals that followed the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. A childhood
friend of Vaclav Havel’s, the then Pavel Ort escaped from Communist
Czechoslovakia via Tunisia after securing a medical degree against the
odds. He went on to have a very successful career in the US, where he is
still practising at the age of 82.

Published: 
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Děpolt Czernin: the man fighting to keep Ježíšek in every Czech family

His ancestors were among the most influential nobility in Bohemia, but
unlike many others, they chose to remain in Czechoslovakia after the
communist takeover. Now Děpolt Czernin is doing his best to protect a
famous Czech tradition – “Ježíšek”. He has founded a society
devoted to bringing the likeness of baby Jesus back into the public sphere.

Published: 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Daily news summary 21.12.2018

Mining accident kills 13, investigation, Slovak charged with terrorism

Published: 
Friday, December 21, 2018

Slovak national living in Prague charged with planning terrorist attack

A Slovak national arrested in Prague last year on suspicion of planning a
terrorist attack has been charged with terrorist activities and propagating
Islamic State.

The man was arrested after the police raided his Prague flat and discovered
chemicals and other materials needed for production of home-made
explosives.…

Published: 
Friday, December 21, 2018

Czechs top toy exporters in Europe, thanks to LEGO

The Czech Republic is Europe’s top toy distributor, exporting more than
50 billion crowns now annually, according to a new study by UniCredit bank.
LEGO, Playmobil and similar plastic toy sets account for two-thirds of
that, though the country is also churning out various miniature sets and
dolls. Along with neighbouring Slovakia, the Czech Republic has been the
fastest-growing toy exporter in the EU since 2004. I asked UniCredit bank
senior economist Patrik Rožumberský how and when this country became the
top exporter.

Published: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Daily news summary 19.12.2018

Huwaei ban, Prague Castle paintings, Czech Airlines halting Bratislava flights

Published: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Czech Airlines to cancel Prague flights to Ostrava, Bratislava

Czech Airlines (ČSA) will cancel its flights from Prague to Ostrava and
Bratislava as of January 11 and also discontinue service between the Slovak
capital and Košice.

The Czech carrier currently operates flights between Prague and Bratislava
in both directions three times a week. Upon arrival in Bratislava,…

Published: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

First Czechoslovak postage stamps issued 100 years ago

The first Czechoslovak postage stamps were issued 100 years ago on this
day. The stamps – which went on sale less than two months after the
foundation of the country – featured an image of the Prague Castle
complex created by Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. Philatelist Tomáš
Mádl told Czech Television…

Published: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Czech Republic EU’s biggest toy exporter

The Czech Republic is Europe’s biggest exporter of toys, suggests an
analysis carried out by UniCredit bank. Czech production of toys last year
amounted to a total of 51.6 billion crowns.

The Czech Republic, along with Slovakia, has been the fastest growing toy
exporter in the EU since 2004. The growth…

Published: 
Monday, December 17, 2018

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