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Embassies welcome recent convictions in some high-level corruption cases
They can strengthen public trust in state institutions and in democratic government, embassies claim in a joint statement.

Video about Prešov Region awarded at international festival
How many places from the video have you visited?

The world cannot afford cheap petrol
The fuel tax was the first thing that Macron sacrificed in an attempt to calm protests.

The elections were not the end. Municipalities, beware!
How can a regular citizen prevent abuse of power in self-government?

Lajčák decided to stay
Pellegrini convinced him.

Sihoť Park being built near Trenčín
Apart from logistics the new park will also focus on light industry.

Christmas events in Slovak cities: A short guide for foreigners
Which city has the tallest Christmas tree and where can you go for eco-friendly Christmas markets?

Ice Cathedral in the Tatras is open for visitors
Warm weather caused problems during construction.

Parliament approves special levy for retail chains
The retailers will now have to pay 2.5 percent of their net turnover.

Hundreds of doctors do not have valid contracts with VšZP
People insured by the state-run health insurer may be asked to pay at the doctor’s.

Former interior minister ready to sue the president
Robert Kaliňák also plans to take action against the Denník N daily, over the case of the abducted Vietnamese businessman.

Nativity-themed christmas tram takes to the streets of Bratislava
Out of 2,680 lights used for decoration, 560 create a starry heaven inside the tram.

Denník N wins seventh dispute with Penta
The lawsuit concerned an opinion piece mentioning the Gorilla file. The ruling is not valid yet.

Spectacular Slovakia #14: It’s time to head east
Košice and Prešov make for a very different tourist experience than western Slovakia.

PM Pellegrini gave ultimatum to the constructor of Višňové Tunnel
If the Slovak-Italian consortium of companies does not speed up construction, the state might terminate the contract.

Trains between Bratislava and Košice will arrive sooner
The new timetable brings about several changes. What should passengers expect?

Q&A: The Gorilla Case
The political corruption file leaked online seven years ago.

He fled from Czechoslovakia twice
John Palka wants to share the little-known story of Slovakia with a wider audience.

Police corps president will be selected under new rules
The new police head will have to be approved by the parliament, but the interior minister can refuse to appoint the recommended candidate.

Activists punished for painting communist leader's bust in red
The statue was unveiled two days before the incident.

Sagan has published an autobiography
His book, titled My World, has been translated into 13 languages.

Bratislava: Where to go for mulled wine and Christmas presents?
Urban Market and the Good Market offer designer pieces and bio products.

“The silent assassin” bids farewell to his career with a unique exhibition
Legendary ice hockey representation captain Miroslav Šatan does not want to completely leave hockey.

Archaeologists found treasure from the Bronze Age
Significance of finding exceeds borders of the region.

Parliament has adopted 2019 budget
79 MPs voted for the budget, which is expected to be balanced for the very first time.

Diplomats wore orange in Bratislava to end violence against women
They joined global UN campaign against gender-based abuse.

Slovakia has expelled Russian diplomat for espionage
He left the country in late November.

Slovakia won't send anyone to Marrakesh
Miroslav Lajčák remains in the ministerial post for another few days; Kiska postponed final decision again.

A Slovak village in Austria
Slovaks look for the peace of the countryside in Kittsee, just across the border from Bratislava, stripping the village of its rural character in the process.

Energy prices will go up next year
This is due to the current price development on the global markets.

Slovak court saw threat in Greenpeace activists
Greenpeace activists were released from custody after the general prosecutor said there was no reason keep them in detention.

Police found recordings from the infamous Gorilla file in Kočner’s flat
They might confirm the authenticity of the file questioned by the financial group Penta and several politicians.

President will not decide on Lajčák’s resignation for now
He wants to wait until the December 5 government session.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava
Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 7 and December 16, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Jánošíkove Diery offer a spectacular walk in nature
Dolné Diery is also accessible in winter.

Three Slovak universities among best in the world
Comenius University and Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, alongside Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, have entered the rankings.

Poll: Smer would win, but opposition could form government
The far-right ĽSNS would have gained two more seats, as well as 9 Christian Democrats.

Blog: Taking responsibility for our work...
Monika Filipová describes the numerous challenges civil servants in Slovakia have to face and explains what fueled her desire to change things from the inside through the Good Civil Servant initiative.

The ministry reportedly signed a contract to purchase F16s but later corrected the statement
Whatever contract was signed, it can be shredded, PM Peter Pellegrini said.

Thousands of people changed their health insurance
The private insurer Dôvera reports highest number of new clients.

President Kiska to meet with Pope Francis
The president will present him with gifts from Slovakia.

House ownership is becoming less attainable for many
Young people need to borrow €90,000 on average to buy their own housing.

Meet your Slovak startup
Several events take place during the year where Slovaks present their ideas, projects and startups.

How the thesis writing business is prospering
Hundreds of euros and the internet: the only two things a student needs to buy their final paper from a professional thesis writer.

Criminal complaint in Vietnamese abduction case dismissed
There was no reason for launching a criminal prosecution, according to the investigator.

If you want to have a real Christmas tree, why not rent it?
This service is available in Bratislava and Košice.

Three films on migration will be screened in Bratislava
The films are part of the Global Migration Film Festival that will take place in Bratislava on December 4 and 5.

Fire killed five people including children in Richnava
Political representatives expressed their sympathies with the bereaved.

Greenpeace activists will be prosecuted while in custody
The organisation considers the decision unprecedented. The lawyers have already appealed it and question the potential bias of the courts.

We are sorry about Babiš. We aren't all like him
What has 2018 been like for Slovakia and the Czech Republic? Poor.

Buongiorno Slovacchia

Il PIL della Slovacchia cresciuto del 4,6% nel terzo trimestre 2018
Nel terzo trimestre 2018 il PIL della Slovacchia è cresciuto del 4,6% su base annua, secondo i risultati delle elaborazioni dell’Ufficio di Statistica slovacco, [ ... ]

Passaggio simbolico di testimone per la presidenza slovacca dell’OSCE
Nel corso di un evento organizzato dall’Italia a Milano ieri e oggi è stato passato simbolicamente il testimone della presidenza dell’Organizzazione per la sicurezza [ ... ]

Lajčák si ricrede e decide di rimanere come ministro degli Esteri
A una settimana dal suo annuncio, il ministro degli Esteri Miroslav Lajčák ha deciso di ritirare le dimissioni e di rimanere nell’attuale governo. Lo [ ... ]

La polizia vuole incriminare di tentato omicidio l’ex ministro Rusko
La polizia ha concluso le indagini sul tentato omicidio in cui l’ex ministro dell’Economia ed ex direttore di TV Markiza Pavol Rusko è imputato. [ ... ]

Il Parlamento ha approvato la tassa speciale sui supermercati
Il Parlamento ha approvato ieri l’imposta speciale del 2,5% che si applicherà dall’anno prossimo sulle vendite nette delle catene al dettaglio. Ne saranno soggette [ ... ]

La Slovacchia invierà 42 soldati e poliziotti militari in Iraq
Con luce verde espressa dal Pralamento martedì, le Forze armate slovacche invieranno 42 soldati e membri della polizia militare in Iraq a rafforzare la missione [ ... ]

Mercatino italiano dell’Avvento a Bratislava, il grazie degli organizzatori
Riceviamo e pubblichiamo il messaggio inviato dal gruppo della comunità della Messa italiana a Bratislava con i ringraziamenti per il Mercatino dell’Avvento della scorsa [ ... ]

Cento anni dopo, l’eredita della Grande Guerra nelle tensioni contemporanee
Com’è stato debitamente ricordato nelle scorse settimane, esattamente un secolo fa le armi delle potenze europee tacquero, dopo aver insanguinato il continente per quattro [ ... ]

In Lussemburgo i mezzi pubblici saranno gratis per tutti
Una grande rivoluzione è in arrivo in Europa, anzi si potrebbe dire in tutto il mondo. Il Lussemburgo è, infatti, il primo paese da [ ... ]

Clima: le emissioni di gas serra aumentano ancora
Dopo la stabilità del biennio 2014-2016, le emissioni di gas serra tornano a salire. Ecco i dati del rapporto Global carbon budget 2018. Dal [ ... ]

Ultimatum del governo a Salini Impregilo per il tunnel Višňové sulla D1
L’italiana Salini Impregilo, azienda principale del consorzio che sta costruendo il tunnel Višňové sull’autostrada D1 nel nord della Slovacchia, sarebbe in procinto di abbandonare il progetto. La [ ... ]

Gioco d’azzardo, una nuova legge approvata dal Parlamento
Il Consiglio nazionale slovacco ha approvato l’altro ieri una nuova normativa più severa sul gioco d’azzardo, che dovrebbe entrare in vigore da marzo 2019 [ ... ]

In arrivo nel 2019 rincari dei costi energetici per le famiglie slovacche
Le famiglie slovacche pagheranno di più per l’energia dal 1° gennaio 2019. Secondo un annuncio fatto dall’autorità per l’energia URSO, sono in arrivo aumenti [ ... ]

A che punto è in Italia la crisi immigrazione?
IL DIPARTIMENTO PER LE LIBERTÀ CIVILI E L’IMMIGRAZIONE DEL MINISTERO DELL’ INTERNO  ITALIANO PERIODICAMENTE MONITORA ED AGGIORNA GLI ARRIVI E LE PRESENZE DEI MIGRANTI [ ... ]

Delegazione cinese valuta i prodotti lattiero caseari della Slovacchia
Su invito dell’Associazione slovacca dei produttori è in Slovacchia una delegazione cinese di esperti veterinari dell’Amministrazione generale delle dogane della Repubblica Popolare Cinese che [ ... ]

Slovakia News

Czech book about Cold War spy picked up by Hollywood

American film production company Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to a
book by Czech journalist Jaroslav Kmenta called “Český špion or Czech
Spy”, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The book tells the true
story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Czechoslovak Cold War secret agent whose
stolen identity…

Published: 
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Greenpeace protests against pre-trial detention for its activists

Greenpeace International has protested against a decision by a Slovak court
to hold a group of 12 Greenpeace activists, including two Czech nationals,
in pre-trial detention, as they await criminal charges for scaling a coal
mine tower to protest the use of "dirty coal".

The 12 protesters…

Published: 
Monday, December 3, 2018

Czechs and the aristocracy: a love-hate relationship

Czechs have always had somewhat contradictory feelings toward their
nobility. One of the country’s leading aristocrats once even bitterly
complained that Czechs are either louts or boot-lickers, nothing in
between. One of the first laws of the newly independent Czechoslovakia, one
hundred years ago, forbade the use of aristocratic titles. On the other
hand, today Czechs have developed an avid interest in the lives of their
dukes and counts.

Published: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Czechoslovakia’s secret Cambridge students

You may be surprised to hear that one of the events to mark the hundredth
anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia was held at the Faculty of
Divinity at Cambridge University in Britain. On October 29 a plaque was
unveiled commemorating a secret academic link set up between the university
and Czechoslovakia at the height of normalisation in the 1980s. Czech and
Slovak students who found themselves unable to go to university because
they or their families were out of favour with the communist regime were
given the opportunity to study secretly for a Cambridge University degree.
Under cloak-and-dagger conditions academics would travel to Prague to give
lectures at underground seminars on such hot political topics as the early
Christian church or New Testament Greek. David Vaughan picks up the story.

Published: 
Monday, November 26, 2018

Prague to recreate 1988 Mitterrand breakfast in human rights gesture

In December 1988 Francois Mitterrand had breakfast with leading dissidents
in Prague, providing a major shot in the arm to the Czechoslovak
opposition. The Czech Foreign Ministry is now reported to be planning
similar events on the 30th anniversary of Mitterrand’s gesture to
demonstrate the country’s support for human rights.

Published: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Zurich University cancels lecture by Czech Prime Minister

The University of Zurich has cancelled a lecture by Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš at the opening of an exhibition about Czechoslovak
immigration to Switzerland.

The event was cancelled after the university received an open letter from
Czechoslovak immigrants, who complained that Mr Babiš was listed…

Published: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Czechs secure place in second level of Nations League

The Czech Republic have avoided relegation from the second level of
European football’s Nations League after a 1:0 win over Slovakia in
Prague on Monday night. The only goal of the game came from Roma striker
Patrik Schick.

The hosts had needed just one point to avoid going down to League C in the
new…

Published: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sports News 19.11.2018

Speed skater Martina Sáblíková, back in form, takes bronze at World Cup
in Japan; aerobatic pilot Martin Šonka wins RedBull Air Race to become
world champion; Czechs and Slovaks battle for group stage second in UEFA
Nations League

Published: 
Monday, November 19, 2018

Gail Papp on Václav Havel among New York’s hippies – and under house arrest in communist Czechoslovakia

Taking advantage of relative liberalisation at home, the young Václav
Havel visited New York in the spring of 1968 for the US premiere of his
second major play, The Memorandum. It was staged by the Public Theater,
which had just had a huge hit with Hair and was headed by director Joseph
Papp. He and his wife Gail Papp got to know Havel at that time – and
later visited the then dissident at his country home in communist
Czechoslovakia.

Published: 
Monday, November 19, 2018

Footballers preparing for key clash with Slovakia

The Czech national soccer team are preparing to face Slovakia in an
important game in Prague on Monday night. The hosts need to secure at least
one point from the tie to remain in their group in the second tier of the
Nations League competition
If the Czechs lose the derby with their former federal partners…

Published: 
Monday, November 19, 2018

Football: Czechs win friendly over Poland

The Czech national football team beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly match in
Gdansk on Thursday. The only goal was scored by Jakub Jankto in the 52nd
minute.

The Czechs, who are playing under the newly appointed coach Jaroslav
Šilhavý, will take on Slovakia in the Nations League on Monday.

Published: 
Friday, November 16, 2018

Prague Shakespeare Company production highlights ‘Masaryk in America’

A debut performance by Prague Shakespeare Company premieres tonight at the
National Theatre’s Estates Theatre. Masaryk in America tells the story of
the founding of Czechoslovakia and highlights Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk’s
time in the United States.

Published: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Prague Antique Fair celebrates Czechoslovak centenary with exceptional collection

Twice a year Prague’s New Town Hall hosts the city’s biggest antique
fair. This year´s autumn edition of the traditional event, held from
November 15th to November 18th, is dedicated to the centenary of the birth
of Czechoslovakia. The main theme is transformation of Czech design in the
course of the past century.

Published: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Czech Radio journalist Jan Petránek dies at 86

One of Czech Radio’s leading personalities, journalist and commentator
Jan Petránek has died at the age of 86.

Petránek was actively involved in maintaining Czechoslovak Radio’s
underground, independent broadcasts in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion
of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He was sacked by the…

Published: 
Sunday, November 11, 2018

End-of-war celebrations in Czech Republic

Public gatherings, masses and commemorative ceremonies are being held
around the Czech Republic over the weekend in remembrance of the ten
million soldiers who fell in WWI.

According to estimates some 1.4 million men from the territory of the
former Czechoslovakia fought in the war, either with the…

Published: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Defence minister: history of Czech state closely linked to army

The 100-year history of the Czech state is closely linked to the army,
Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said on the occasion of Veterans Day
and the end-of-war celebrations in the Czech Republic.

At a ceremony on Prague’s Námestí míru, Defence Minister Metnar spoke
about the crucial role of Czechoslovak…

Published: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Czechoslovak Legions – my great-granduncle’s story

One hundred years ago the new state of Czechoslovakia was already
establishing its institutions. While celebrations were still going on in
Prague, about 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks were fighting thousands of
kilometers from home in Siberia, attempting to gain control over the
Trans-Siberian Railroad. Among them was my great-granduncle.

Published: 
Friday, November 9, 2018

Czech football team gears up for Poland friendly, Slovakia match

Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý has announced the
squad line-up for upcoming internationals against Poland, in a friendly on
Thursday, and against Slovakia, next Monday, in a decisive Nations League
match.

There will be no new faces on the Czech squad, which need a draw against
Slovakia…

Published: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Czech foreign minister stresses importance of Western Balkans joining EU

The countries of the Western Balkans must be given the chance to join the
European fold, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said in an
interview for the ctk news agency.

Petříček said the Czech Republic and Slovakia had agreed to work
together to try to convince those EU members who are against…

Published: 
Monday, November 5, 2018

How Hussitism served the First Republic

When the Czechoslovak Republic was proclaimed in 1918, its primary founder
and future president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, had grand plans for using
one of the most famous periods in Czech medieval history as inspiration for
what he wanted to be a state based on democratic and humanistic values. In
many cases the references to Hussitism started during the era of the First
Republic remain in some form or another until today. I decided to explore
why Hussitism was so important in Masaryk’s First Republic and how its
elements were combined into the new state.

Published: 
Friday, November 2, 2018

Radio Prague’s former head receives state award for running independent broadcasts after 1968 invasion

Among the recipients of the state awards handed out by President Miloš
Zeman on October 28, was Karel Lánský – a legend of Czech Radio
broadcasting. For eight dramatic days after the Soviet led-invasion of
Czechoslovakia Lánský and his team kept independent Czechoslovak Radio on
the airwaves, broadcasting from secret locations in Prague and running the
operation from his flat close to the radio’s Vinohrady headquarters.

Published: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Exhibition highlights the best of Czech toy design

One of the many successful exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of
Czechoslovakia is Mini Wonders, which explores the evolution of Czech toy
design over the past century. The iconic Czech toys, including the
inflatable animal-shaped seats produced by the company Fatra, have already
been shown at Czech centres in Tokyo, Jerusalem, London and Prague, and
will now travel to Moscow, Warsaw and Bratislava.

Published: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Czech and Slovak presidents mark centenary of Martin Declaration

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, and his Slovak counterpart, Andrej
Kiska, on Tuesday marked the centenary of the Martin Declaration, under
which Slovaks broke away from the Kingdom of Hungary and later unified with
the Czech lands as Czechoslovakia.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Slovak town of Martin,…

Published: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Police President Tuhý to leave his post

Police President Tomáš Tuhý will be leaving his post on October 31,
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček confirmed on Monday. He has headed the
force since April 2014.

According to the news site Novinky. cz Tuhý will soon replace Livia
Klausová as the country’s ambassador to Slovakia.

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

Displays of fireworks, firepower cap Czechoslovak centenary celebrations

The Czech Republic capped off celebrations of the 100th anniversary of
Czechoslovakia’s founding on Sunday with displays of fireworks – and
firepower – after a weekend packed full of parades, memorial acts and
speeches, and concerts, as well as a dazzling video mapping on the façade
of the newly re-opened National Museum atop Prague’s iconic Wenceslas
Square.

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

John Tusa: Our modernist Baťa estate in UK was exact model of what we’d left behind in Zlín

Sir John Tusa anchored the top UK current affairs show Newsnight in the
1980s before heading the BBC World Service for seven years. Though today a
member of the British establishment, he was actually born in Czechoslovakia
and moved to England as a small child, when his father, Jan Tůša, was
appointed head of UK operations of the Baťa shoe company.

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

The Guardian: Communist secret service spied on Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump and his then-wife Ivana were the target of an
extensive spying operation conducted by Czechoslovakia’s communist secret
service, (StB) together with “friends” from the KGB, The Guardian
reported in its Monday edition.

According to The Guardian, the StB first opened a file on…

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

The Guardian: the communist secret service spied on Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump and his then-wife Ivana were the target of an
extensive spying operation conducted by Czechoslovakia’s communist secret
service, (StB) together with “friends” from the KGB, The Guardian
reported in its Monday edition.

According to The Guardian, the StB first opened a file…

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

Fireworks display for centenary of the Republic

Thousands of people gathered to watch a fireworks display in Prague marking
the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia. The show started at 19 hours
18 minutes –symbolizing the year of the birth of Czechoslovakia 100 years
ago. It was titled “Our Common Century” and was dominated by
Czechoslovakia’s national colours – blue, red and white. The 10-minute
show reflected milestone moments in the country’s history, national
symbols, the natural beauties of Czechoslovakia and the sports successes
achieved over the years and was accompanied by selections from Bedřich
Smetana’s opera Libuše and his cycle of symphonic poems My Country.

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

Prayer for Marta wins Hit of the Century poll

The 1968 protest song Prayer for Marta, by Jindřich Brabec a Petr Rada,
made famous by singer Marta Kubišová, has won Czech Radio’s Hit of the
Century poll.

The winner was announced at a concert on Old Town Square marking the
centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia at which Czech and Slovaks pop
singers…

Published: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

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