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News digest: Former state secretary describes the corruption at courts
Schools will definitely not open on Monday. Coronavirus vaccine could be available starting in mid-December.

Former state secretary Jankovská has reportedly confessed
Coalition politicians have welcomed the news.

One in five women has experienced violence
The situation is far from satisfactory, said President Čaputová.

Rules for isolation have been updated. Green list will be extended, too
The issue of short-term stays abroad is still being discussed.

Slovak companies belong among the fastest growing technology firms in central Europe
Slovak firms in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe ranking handle solutions for ad agencies, AI, e-commerce and waste management.

Conditions for opening restaurant terraces specified
Hygienists also offered more specific conditions for mass events with more than six participants.

Employers are searching for more people than during the first pandemic wave
The current situation is not favourable for tourism, gastronomy and the hotel industry.

Tatra Ice Cathedral is open, inspiration taken from St Petersburg this year
A number of visitors, as well as time spent inside the dome, will be limited.

Coronavirus in Slovakia: 1,811 new cases confirmed (graphs)
The total number of cases has exceeded 99,300.

Secret votes and public lies
There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

News digest: Slovakia to spend three Advent weekends with testing. President wants it to be voluntary
Seven candidates for the general prosecutor post approved. Acting general prosecutor steps down.

The 5G frequencies have been sold. Who has gained a license and for how much?
The auction was suspended at first.

Tugboat in Bratislava probably crashed and then sank
The cause of the accident is not officially known yet.

Acting general prosecutor steps down after coming to work COVID-19 positive
Viera Kováčiková explained the decision as due to personal attacks.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia
Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Slovak company created antibodies that prevent multiplication of the coronavirus
The company is developing a vaccine as well.

UK nationals in Slovakia advised to take action as end of transition period nears
UK Nationals should check the British Embassy's "Living in Guide" for the most up-to-date information.

Three rounds of testing should take place before Christmas
The first round will be nationwide and should take place in two weeks.

Slovaks: Getting the most out of life (from our archive)
An unusual Spectacular Slovakia trip to Banská Štiavnica and to the High Tatras, some of the country's top tourist sites.

News digest: Sulík presents his pandemic plan, but PM Matovič remains critical
Rules for entering Spain change. Former police chief Gašpar remains in custody. State auctions the 5G network frequencies.

Government should invite the public and take EU demands in consideration when preparing recovery plan
Non-governmental organisations have sent a letter with requests to the government.

Most Slovaks reject milder penalties for marijuana
The most supportive are the voters of non-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia.

Using only antigen tests for mass testing was the right move, says American mathematician
The rounds of testing work like the layers of a filter, removing a large fraction of infected individuals in each round, says Daniel Larremore.

Government has learned little, hesitates to open school gates
Education is a question of rights. So is protesting against the government, but at what costs? Slovakia welcomes hefty investment that comes with a warning sign.

Where to buy locally produced Christmas presents in Bratislava
The old market hall Stará Tržnica will host more than one hundred craft producers of food, design and more.

The good old days: Zobor
Hike to the peak above one of the oldest towns in Slovakia that breathes history.

Weekend testing did not attract many people
The mass testing was held in 458 municipalities.

The University Hospital in Bratislava risks collapse
Some doctors allegedly refuse to help at COVID-19 wards.

Special regional restrictions and better tracing. SaS has introduced its plan to fight the pandemic
The document is based on eight chapters, which should contribute to economic recovery.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?
For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.

Flats, offices, and even a prison
The largest legal deals in real estate include the new prison in Rimavská Sobota.

Lawyers kept busy with litigation over road construction
Energy distribution companies clash with green energy producers over money.

Petra Vlhová wins another slalom in Levi
Michelle Gisin of Switzerland ended second, and Katharina Liensberger of Austria was third.

Who was behind the sale of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia
The largest law firms were involved in several innovative projects, too.

Labour law: Largest law firms in Slovakia
Employment relations hidden in other deals.

Lawyers can help not only people in marginal situations
Pro bono legal aid in 2019-2020 involved human trafficking cases or representing the parents of murdered journalist Ján Kuciak.

State and company bonds
Ranking of 10 largest law firms in banking & finance

Slovak skier Vlhová wins the opening slalom in Levi
She beat Mikaela Shiffrin and Katharina Liensberger.

One of the oldest cafés in Košice will close after half a century
Sándor Márai used to visit legendary Carpano.

How the Largest Law Firms rankings were made
Methodology of rankings explained.

News digest: Things will get worse if we do nothing, says health minister
Numbers of hospitalisations remain stable. Travelling will be easier for those who have just had COVID.

Why so sad, why so mad?
What music you should listen to while waiting for your next COVID test results.

Roundup: The world-famous Slovak opera diva has ended her career
Slovak theatres join the European Theatre Night at the weekend.

Much-criticised wooden-metal construction under SNP Bridge to be removed
The new design for the space will result from an architectural competition.

Passat and Superb make up half of the €1 billion Volkswagen is investing in Slovakia
Production of two new models will balloon the labour force by 2,000 from current 12,100 people.

Tonnes of snow that survived the summer in Jasná will be used for the upcoming season
The snow was stored at the end of the previous winter season.

Slovakia takes innovative approach to mobility as well as green business
Innovations in processes, cleantech in Slovakia and progress made in the development of flying cars are among the highlights of the latest Business Focus.

Tax officials have a new head. He is not a Slovak
When he was asked to pay a bribe, he called the police.

News digest: Another nationwide testing could take place before the holidays
Economy Minister Richard Sulík assigned to buy 16 million rapid antigen tests. Ambassadors to strategic countries receive presidential credentials. Post office issues special Christmas stamp.

Older pupils still stay home. Exception made for those in material need
Minister would like to open schools as soon as possible, PM talks about return in 2021.

Slovakia sends new people to some key ambassadorial postings
Experienced NATO diplomat takes over as ambassador to the US, he will be replaced by the president's foreign policy advisor. New people also go to London, Moscow, and the OECD.

Process innovations allow Slovak innovators to shine
Slovak-made innovations make their way to the world through transnational companies.

Bumpy, twisted, but always beautiful. A tip for tree-lovers around Bratislava
Pollarding is a win-win solution for willows as well as farmers.

People have forgotten what Nazism resulted in
I wonder why a film about the heroism of Wetzler and Vrba has not been made in the West, says director Peter Bebjak.

Slovakia will purchase 16 million antigen tests
PM Matovič: Another nationwide testing may be held before Christmas.

This year’s Black Friday will be different. It may be better than the last
People are buying more electronics, but also home and sports clothes.

Women’s club fundraising goes online
Over the years the IWCB has raised over €1.4 million.

Rapid tests fogged coronavirus statistics in Slovakia
Results of antigen testing not included in official stats although they detect hundreds of new positive cases even after mass testing. Experts say the situation is not good.

No screening in cinemas despite eased measures. Pools and fitness centres remain closed too
Some facilities are preparing to open, churches already held first services on Monday morning.