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Education of young Roma and boosting tourism: How Swiss funds help change Slovakia
23 projects were carried out so far, others may follow soon.

Was Kuciak the victim of a group from Kolárovo?
A person charged with Ján Kuciak’s murder talked about the poisoning of another journalist.

V4 parliaments' speakers: Closer cooperation is beneficial for both countries and the EU
Speakers of parliament from V4 countries explained their view on the functioning of the EU to their Benelux colleagues in Piešťany.

President Kiska: Candle Manifestation opened the door to big democratic change
Slovakia commemorates 31 years since the event, which heralded the upcoming revolution.

MPs to elect candidates for Constitutional Court judge again
Currently, only four of 13 judges are sitting in the court.

I lost my sister in Auschwitz, Slovakia lost its future
Edita Grosmanová was on the first transport of Jews to the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz on March 25, 1942.

Kunsthalle Bratislava must move despite objections
Bratislava's art gallery has fallen victim to the Culture Ministry's decision to establish a culture space in the current Kunsthalle location.

Trnava inhabitants can use more than 80 e-bikes
Bike-sharing has been in full operation since March 1.

Farmers continue protests, this time on horses
They want Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná to be dismissed from her post.

Slovakia commemorates first transports to Auschwitz
Thousands of young women and girls left the train station in Poprad. They never returned home.

The coalition mentioned early elections
PM Peter Pellegrini was critical of SNS. The party responded that his opinion is not important.

Dobšiná faces tensions after the death of a local football player
Far-right ĽSNS organised a protest in the town. No serious incidents occurred.

An entrepreneur has avoided trial 30 times since embezzling non-banking firms in 2002
The Supreme Court has suspended prosecution of Jozef Majský, who embezzled non-banking firms Horizont Slovakia and BMG Invest more than 15 years ago.

China is shopping in southern Europe
News this week should trigger serious concern that the EU is on the verge of full disintegration. But not the news you think.

What Slovakia could teach Britain
As the Brexit process lumbers on, the British seem disinclined to take heed of anyone’s views. But Slovakia could offer some advice – and even solace.

Biathlete Kuzmina dominated in women's 10 km pursuit
She did not make any mistake at the shooting range.

Krakovany wedding expo shows what a traditional Slovak bride looked like
There was also a demonstration of a wedding day ritual.

Kočner had Kuciak murdered, then planned to escape
The controversial businessman admitted to an alleged mafia member that he might not get away with the crime.

Slovakia and Switzerland have a similar mental landscape
Slovakia feels younger, Switzerland seems more colourful, says Swiss Ambassador Alexander Hoffet.

Bratislava is the passage of my life, says photographer Anton Sládek
He has been taking pictures of the city since his youth.

Fico threatens media again
The chairman of the strongest ruling party launched another series of attacks against the media.

First witnesses heard in the case of Henry Acorda's death
The attacker, Juraj Hossu, remains in prison.

Following his communication with Zsuzsová, Vanek resigns from his post as prosecutor
Zsuzsová has been charged in connection with the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak.

Kuzmina bids farewell to her career with a victory in sprint
Anastasia Kuzmina won the March 21 sprint, while another Slovak biathlete, Paulína Fialková, placed third.

Non-governmental and non-profit organisations will get a new register
NGOs refuse accusations of non-transparent financing.

Volunteers clean Turniansky Castle for 16th time
The castle is located 40 kilometres away from Košice.

Čaputová leads in the poll before the run-off
She is supported mostly by young people and respondents with a university education.

Rossignol to move part of its production from France to Slovakia
The Slovak branch in Gajary is producing frames and frame parts for high-class bicycles.

War veteran Milan Píka has died
He served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII.

Jobs, phone calls and banks. What to prepare for after Brexit
Mobile operators and airports do not expect changes.

Spectacular Slovakia #27: Time gets telescoped in eastern Slovakia
Šariš: There’s a lot of Slovakia east of Prešov and Košice.

Will Bratislava’s iconic music club in the bunker close down?
Subclub, previously the U.Club, is expected to close due to new borough development.

Velvet Revolution: Few expected a smooth and non-violent transfer of power in the country
Images from the history of the Sme daily: The Revolution

Only one-third of companies in Slovakia described as innovative
Environmental innovation will be needed more than ever in the years to come.

President Kiska testified in the case of Fico's intimidation
Smer head Robert Fico wants to testify as well.

Fico: I did not speak with Vadala on the phone
A legal team has been created to monitor the behaviour of journalists, Fico also said during his press conference.

Blog: Open those windows, please
It can bring about some real changes.

Nature created an unusual formation near the Poprad River
A protected natural monument.

Who may take the post of US Ambassador to Slovakia?
Current US Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling has served in Slovakia since 2016.

Prepare for the shutdown of Slovak Wikipedia
Wikipedia's decision comes a few days before the vote on a new EU Copyright Directive.

Reopened Prievidza airport expected to attract tourists and investors
Company Brose Prievidza invested millions into modernisation of the airport.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava
Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between March 22 and March 31, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Hamšík voted the best Slovak football player of 2018
The Slovak midfielder won the title eight times in the last 10 years.

Slovakia only granted five people asylum last year
The number of applications received is one of the lowest since 1993.

Police recommend pre-Brexit registration to British citizens
If UK nationals fail to get registered before Brexit, they will be considered third country nationals, according to the head of the order and Alien Police.

Morality, decency and change. What do voters want from Zuzana Čaputová?
Čaputová offers scarce goods in Slovakia.

Tourism in the High Tatras flourished in 2018
The biggest group of tourists are still Slovaks.

Prosecutor requests to extend the custody of suspects in the case of murdered journalist
The proposal comes after the charge was brought against controversial businessman M. Kočner.

Bizarre election day: From lucky winner to drinking first-time voters
The district of Prešov became the centre of this year's election strangeness.

Will Slovakia's former PM return to politics?
Iveta Radičová's government fell because of the bailout mechanism eight years ago.

Blog: Organisations have difficulty finding qualified foreign language workers
The Elite Language Center recently conducted an online survey to learn more about foreign language use for business purposes in Slovakia.

Buongiorno Slovacchia

Pellegrini sui disaccordi in coalizione: potremmo essere al capolinea
Proseguono i dissapori all’interno della coalizione, principalmente alimentati dal rifiuto del Partito nazionale slovacco (SNS) nei confronti dell’offerta americana di finanziamento per l’ammodernamento delle [ ... ]

Logistica: Trieste firma con la Cina, potrebbe investire in Slovacchia
Con l’accordo firmato il 23 marzo tra Cina e Italia – primo paese del G7 a siglare una intesa con il Dragone – la compagnia [ ... ]

Iniziato il processo per la morte del filippino Henry Acorda, l’omicida rimane in custodia
Lo slovacco Juraj Hossu che ha ucciso il cittadino filippino Henry Acorda nel maggio dello scorso anno rimarrà in custodia. Lo ha deciso il [ ... ]

A Roma apre giovedì la mostra dell’artista slovacco Peter Stankovič
Giovedì 28 marzo 2019 negli spazi dell’Ambasciata della Repubblica slovacca in Italia e dell’Istituto slovacco a Roma verrà inaugurata la mostra di quadri del [ ... ]

Pellegrini: spero in accordo UE-Usa. Rischio dazi peserà sull’economia slovacca
L’introduzione da parte degli Stati Uniti di Donald Trump di dazi delle sulle automobili importate influenzerà l’industria automobilistica slovacca, ha detto il primo ministro [ ... ]

800 mila euro di contributi per collettori solari alle famiglie ‘bruciati’ in 7 minuti
L’Agenzia slovacca per l’innovazione e l’energia (SIEA) ha lanciato la settimana scorsa un primo round per l’emissione di 490 voucher di contributi per le [ ... ]

“Dubček”. A Forlì, la presentazione della nuova biografia del leader cecoslovacco
Giovedì 7 marzo 2019, nel Campus universitario di Forlì si è tenuto uno degli eventi in programma durante l’anno accademico 2018-2019 dedicati alla primavera [ ... ]

A Bratislava l’Elias Nardi Quartet con l’affascinante musica del mondo mediterraneo
Nell’ambito del loro tour europeo, il 2 aprile arriva a Bratislava per la prima volta l’Elias Nardi Quartet, formazione nata dall’incontro di persone che mettono [ ... ]

Come la Brexit ha costretto gli euroscettici a cambiare i piani
Attenzione, tutto è cambiato nell’Unione europea e tutto continua a cambiare intorno a lei. Non ci si fa ancora molta attenzione, ma il fallimento [ ... ]

Le cinque questioni centrali alle prossime elezioni europee
Dalle prime elezioni per il Parlamento europeo tenutesi nel 1979, l’affluenza ai seggi è progressivamente calata. Quest’anno, però, la competizione elettorale sarà molto accesa: [ ... ]

Quando è la scarsità d’acqua a muovere i flussi migratori
I paesi più colpiti sono quelli che subiscono i cambiamenti climatici senza esserne causa. Di Luca Iannucci. Una delle definizioni più famose di “economia [ ... ]

Domenica 24 marzo è il Gelato Day, quest’anno si festeggia il tiramisù
Domenica 24 marzo tutti i gelatieri d’Europa si uniranno per celebrare la settima edizione della Giornata Europea del Gelato Artigianale, unica giornata che il Parlamento Europeo [ ... ]

Limes Danubiano, la frontiera romana in Slovacchia sulla rivista Archeologia Viva
Il numero 194 in edicola (marzo/aprile 2019) della rivista specializzata Archeologia Viva riporta un vasto speciale intitolato “Romani sul Danubio“, che tratta del confine [ ... ]

Marek Hamšík ha vinto ancora il Pallone d’Oro slovacco, per l’ottava volta
Senza concorrenti degni di questo nome, Marek Hamšík, 31 anni, è di nuovo stato eletto come calciatore slovacco dell’anno per il 2018. Si tratta [ ... ]

Fico: la Procura speciale nega l’esistenza di una telefonata con Vadalà
Rimane di attualità la questione che riguarda una potenziale telefonata tra Antonino Vadalà, estradato in Italia per traffico internazionale di droga per conto della [ ... ]

Kočner fa appello contro l’incriminazione per l’omicidio di Kuciak. Nel dossier contatti con Šufliarsky e Haščák (Penta)
L’imprenditore Marián Kočner, accusato di aver ordinato l’omicidio del giornalista Ján Kuciak e della fidanzata Martina Kušnírová nel febbraio 2018, che si trova in [ ... ]

Volkswagen, 130 dipendenti passano da Bratislava all’Audi di Győr
La fabbrica di Bratislava della casa automobilistica Volkswagen Slovakia ha deciso di trasferire da ieri 130 dei suoi dipendenti all’impianto Audi Hungaria di Győr, [ ... ]

Tasso di disoccupazione in Slovacchia al 5,16% a febbraio
La disoccupazione in Slovacchia si è attestata al 5,16% in febbraio, secondo i dati pubblicati dall’Ufficio per il Lavoro UPVSaR oggi, una cifra in [ ... ]

L’11% di passeggeri in più all’aeroporto di Bratislava a febbraio
L’aeroporto M.R. Stefanik di Bratislava ha gestito nel mese di febbraio 119.406 passeggeri, un numero che segna un incremento dell’11% annuo (nel febbraio 2018 [ ... ]

Venezia: l’Europa a 100 anni dalla Grande guerra. La parabola ceco-slovacca
Un convegno a Venezia farà il punto sulla situazione e le prospettive dell’Europa cento anni dopo la fine della Grande guerra. La questione sarà [ ... ]

Slovakia News

Czech president receives Slovak presidential candidate ahead of run-off

Czech President Miloš Zeman received Slovak presidential candidate,
Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič at Lany
chateau on Sunday.

The meeting took place less than a week before the second round of
presidential elections in Slovakia in which Šefčovič faces lawyer Zuzana
Čaputova.…

Published: 
Monday, March 25, 2019

Zeman to meet with Slovak presidential candidate Šefčovič

Czech President Miloš Zeman is to receive Slovak presidential candidate,
Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič at Lany
chateau on Sunday.

The news was confirmed by the Czech president’s chancellor, Vratislav
Mynář, who told Denik N that the meeting was taking place at the request
of…

Published: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Parliamentarians honour war hero Václav Morávek

Representatives of Parliament, the Ministry of Defence and resistance
fighters have honoured the memory of anti-Nazi resistance fighter Václav
Morávek. The rememberance act took place in Prague’s Dejvice district,
where Moravek was shot 77 years ago.

The act took place without the Czechoslovak Freedom…

Published: 
Friday, March 22, 2019

Pope Francis receives Czech Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Vondráček in the Vatican

Pope Francis received the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek
Vondráček in the Vatican on Friday. Mr. Vondráček travelled to the
Vatican together with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Danko on the
anniversary of the death of St. Cyril, one of the two missionaries that
brought Christianity to the Slavs.…

Published: 
Friday, March 22, 2019

International Investors Seek Startups at SEETT Event

International investors active in SEE region and top local tech companies to meet in Bucharest and Sofia The business platform of South East Europe Tech Tour 2019 is coming to the Balkans in May for second year International investors active in the SEE region and top local tech companies will meet in the capitals of [...]

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

In memoriam: Gen. Milan Píka, son of war hero and first victim of judicial murder in Communist Czechoslovakia

General Milan Píka, whose father also held that rank and was executed
following a Communist Party-orchestrated show trial, has died at the age of
96. Himself punished on false charges, the World War II veteran nonetheless
managed to rise to the top of the Czechoslovak military – and eventually
clear his father’s good name.

Published: 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Joseph Balaz: From fleeing communist Czechoslovakia as a student to working for global celebrities in New York

Joseph Balaz is president of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary
Association, which brings together the leading Czech organisations in New
York. But Balaz’s main activity is running a successful construction firm
that brings him into contact with global celebrities and the cream of
Manhattan society. Not bad for a student from Prague’s Žižkov who
escaped from communist Czechoslovakia with little more than the clothes on
his back. The man born Josef Baláž spoke to me at the splendid Bohemian
National Hall, the completion of whose renovation he personally oversaw.

Published: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

Daily news summary 17.3.2019

Slovak runoff pair welcomed, Krumlov bus charges, 80 years of driving on right

Published: 
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Czech politicians welcome pro-European candidates making Slovak presidential runoff

The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has welcomed
the fact that Zuzana Čaputová and Maroš Šefčovič have made it into
the second round of Slovakia’s presidential elections. Mr. Petříček
said both were guaranteed to fight against extremism and hatred.

Jan Lipavský of the Czech Pirate…

Published: 
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Czechs driving on right exactly 80 years

Czechs began driving on the right side of the road on this day 80 years
ago. The Nazis introduced the change from driving on the left on March 17,
1939, two days after their occupation of the Czech lands began.

However, plans for such a switch had been in place for some time.
Czechoslovakia had signed…

Published: 
Sunday, March 17, 2019

“The English don’t do it that way”: three generations of a Prague family in London

At a hundred Věra Hykšová is brimming with energy. She is also more than
a little glamorous. I went to see her just after Christmas at her flat in
the leafy London suburb of Richmond. Her daughter Veronika and
granddaughter Natasha had contacted me to say that her birthday was coming
up and they wanted to do something special to celebrate it. This is no
ordinary family. Over seventy years have gone by since Věra left
Czechoslovakia. Veronika and Natasha were both born in London, and yet the
family remains proudly Czech. In this documentary Věra talks to her
daughter and granddaughter about her eventful life, and all three talk
about what it means to them to be Czech in London.

Published: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019

March 15, 1939 – The day Czechoslovakia ceased to exist

Eighty years ago today, on March 15 1939, Hitler gave Czechoslovak
President Emil Hácha a stark choice: accept becoming a protectorate or
face destruction. After Hácha reluctantly agreed to give up his
country’s independence the German army started moving in. It was the
beginning of six long years of occupation.

Published: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

Czechs remember 80 year anniversary of Nazi occupation

People across the Czech Republic are commemorating the anniversary of the
occupation of Czechoslovakia by Hitler’s Germany on this day 80 years
ago, which was followed by the establishment of the Protectorate of Bohemia
and Moravia, which many see as the darkest six years in modern Czech
history.

Among…

Published: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

Prague tops Mercer quality of life rankings in CEE, places 69th globally

The Czech capital offers the best quality of life among the cities of the
former Eastern bloc, according to the latest survey by the US consultancy
Mercer.

Globally, Prague ranked 69th, ahead of the capitals of its central European
neighbours Budapest (76th), Bratislava (80th) and Warsaw (82nd). Also
making…

Published: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Prague tops Mercer quality of life rankings in CEE, place 69th globally

The Czech capital offers the best quality of life among the cities of the
former Eastern bloc, according to the latest survey by the US consultancy
Mercer.

Globally, Prague ranked 69th, ahead of the capitals of its central European
neighbours Budapest (76th), Bratislava (80th) and Warsaw (82nd). Also
making…

Published: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Voayer Gallery exhibition of “real naked people” to open on Prague’s Wenceslas Square

A controversial promoter who in recent years has staged short-term
exhibitions of “real naked women” in the Slovak and Czech capitals has
announced plans for a long-term instalment on Prague’s Wenceslas Square.

Mário Petreje told state news agency ČTK that his Voayer Gallery would
open on 5 April at…

Published: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Slovak and Polish presidents say Moscow trying to undermine NATO unity

Russia is striving to undermine the unity of NATO member states, Slovak
President Andrej Kiska said at a security conference in Prague marking
twenty years since the alliance’s first expansion eastwards.

President Kiska said Moscow was using all the instruments at its disposal
to achieve this goal…

Published: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

One in six Czech 30-somethings likely to remain childless

The number of childless women in the Czech Republic continues to increase.
While in the 1970s and 80s, only five to seven percent of women living in
then communist Czechoslovakia didn’t have children, the Czech Statistics
Office projects that every sixth woman who is now in her thirties will
remain childless.

Published: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

From the Balkans, to Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond – the Czech Army role in NATO missions

In the spring of 1989, the dissident Václav Havel was in prison and the
Czechoslovak army was preparing for a possible clash with Western
imperialists under the banner “With the Soviet Union forever.” A decade
later, on March 12, 1999, President Havel presided over the Czech
Republic’s entry into the NATO military alliance, embracing the
collective security while noting it would not come without sacrifice.

Published: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Czech Republic marks 20 years as NATO member, assesses new threats

Twenty years ago this Tuesday, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary
became the first former Eastern Bloc countries to join NATO, with Slovakia
entering five years later, when all four joined the EU. The anniversary
will be marked with pomp and circumstance, honours for those who made the
ultimate sacrifice, and debate over how to face new threats to collective
security.

Published: 
Monday, March 11, 2019

Commemorative ceremony for 1968 martyr Ryszard Siwiec

A ceremony is set to take place in Prague on Thursday commemorating 110
years since the birth of Ryszard Siwiec, a Polish man who set himself on
fire in protest at Poland’s involvement in the occupation of
Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

Siwiec died on September 12, 1968 after setting himself alight…

Published: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Czechs remember ‘founding father’ T.G. Masaryk on 169th anniversary of his birthday

The first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was born exactly
169 years ago and Czech politicians as well as the wider public are
remembering the figure through a series of ceremonies. Representatives of
the government and Parliament will lay a wreath by his grave in Lány and a
special relay…

Published: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Karel Kryl – Singer who put poetry in protest died 25 years ago OTD

Karel Kryl, perhaps the greatest Czech protest singer ever, died on this
day 25 years ago, at the age of only 49. Kryl’s spare and highly poetic
songs such as Bratříčku zavírej vrátka (Close the Gate, Little
Brother), composed in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion of 1968,
reflected the frustrations of many Czechoslovaks at the time and remain
popular to this
day. This year is also the 75th anniversary of his birth.

Published: 
Sunday, March 3, 2019

Czech President attends Bucharest Nine meeting in Košice

Czech President Miloš Zeman is attending a meeting of heads of state of
the Bucharest Nine, the countries making up the eastern flank of NATO,
hosted by Slovak president in Košice on Thursday.
The main objective of the meeting, which is also attended by NATO Secretary
General Jens Stoltenberg, is to…

Published: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Czech, Slovak and Polish police forces set to cooperate in reducing crime in areas with large segments of foreign workers

Industrial regions, which feature large communities of foreign workers will
be regularly policed by joint patrols made up of policemen from the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and Poland, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told
journalists at a press conference on Wednesday after signing a memorandum
of cooperation…

Published: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

WWII pilot Emil Boček to receive highest state honour

War veteran Emil Boček is due to receive the Order of the White Lion,
first class, on October 28, the anniversary of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia. A pilot with the RAF during World War II, he previously
received a lower level of the high state honour. President Miloš Zeman
informed Mr. Boček of the…

Published: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jan Zajíc – the story of “human torch number two”

On February 25 1969, exactly one month after Jan Palach, another man set
himself alight in protest to Czechoslovak apathy following the Soviet
invasion of 1968. The name of the second human torch was Jan Zajíc, a high
school student from Šumperk. Fifty years on his act still brings chills of
shock, but also respect among Czechs.

Published: 
Monday, February 25, 2019

Punk’s not dead

The roots of Czechoslovak punk stretch 40 years back, to a concert of an
alternative band called Extempore. The gig took place on February 23, 1979
in a Prague pub U Zábranských, and featured several cover versions of
well-known punk hits. How has the Czech punk scene developed since then?
And does punk music still resonate with today’s audiences? Find out more
in this edition of Sunday Music Show.

Published: 
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jeseníky – A tough but beautiful mountain range

They may not feature sharp alpine peaks, but the Jeseníky Mountains are
beautiful in their own right. The Silesian mountain range offers an
enjoyable pastime to both skiers and mountain hikers, who can also view the
largest Czech and Slovak mountain peaks from Praděd TV tower, the highest
point in the Czech Republic.

Published: 
Friday, February 22, 2019

Thousands attend rallies in honour of journalist Ján Kuciak

Thousands of people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended rallies on
Thursday evening in to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Slovak
investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.

The gatherings, organised by the civic initiative For a Decent Slovakia,
took place…

Published: 
Friday, February 22, 2019