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Walking through Čertova dolina just become easier
Hiking Čertova dolina is manageable even during winter thanks to a new ferrata.

Russian and European media report on Slovakia's purchase of Sputnik V
The official Twitter account of Sputnik V tweeted the PM's words about Russia being a stable partner.

Minister Krajčí approved use of Russian vaccine
Full responsibility for any consequences of the vaccine should be taken by the attending physician.

PM welcoming Russian vaccines was inappropriate
Matovič's partners react to purchase of Sputnik V.

Retail chains are trying to ensure adequate supply of FFP2 respirators
Some sellers limit customers to ten pieces maximum.

Coronavirus in Slovakia: 2,077 new cases confirmed (graphs)
The total number of cases has exceeded 311,000.

Blog: Learning differently, learning effectively
There is so much that can be done to support learners with additional needs.

Another MP quits coalition after Sputnik landing
Former ambassador to NATO Tomáš Valášek says the purchase of the Russian vaccine is spitting in the face of Slovakia's EU partners.

Sputnik V vaccines landed in Slovakia
The vaccine will now be checked by authorities, probably offered after two weeks.

News digest: Stricter rules and Russian vaccine supplies
Police officers in civilian clothing and soldiers have joined enforcement of measures. BBC1 and BBC1 Plus office buildings change hands.

Universities protest purported attempts to politicise them
Many have declared a strike after seeing changes proposed by the Education Ministry.

Some criticise recent changes to vaccination strategy
Teachers, shop assistants and drivers receive vaccines doubted by Matovič.

Deputy minister: I hope Sputnik producers reconsider their incomprehensible attitude
If Russia wants to save lives, they may register their vaccine with the EU. Otherwise, there is probably something else going on.

Lessons from one year with a (very) ordinary PM
Not everyone ‘grows into the job’.

United colours of freedom: Orešanský hrebeň
Discover a mountain that attracts the plodding steps of all keen paragliders.

New archeological artefacts discovered near Nemšová
The artefacts are 5,500 years old.

New gargling tests will be available soon
The LAMP tests developed by MultiplexDX are quicker and simpler than PCR tests.

The far-right is falling, SaS stays ahead of OĽaNO
Za Ľudí would return to the parliament, according to the latest poll.

Gov't approved stricter Covid measures. If ineffective, hard lockdown will follow
FFP2 respirators will be obligatory, some schools will close again.

We need to talk about AstraZeneca. Without curse words
If you can’t deliver — fine. Then don’t say you can.

Shop assistants, public transport drivers and taxi drivers. More people entitled to vaccination
They will be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

News digest: State of emergency continues, vaccine denied to some foreigners
Not all foreigners living in Slovakia have access to the country's vaccination rollout. Interpol releases wanted Slovak national.

Some foreigners not entitled to Covid-19 vaccine. Type of insurance matters
Health Ministry dealing with the situation.

Slovakia has one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe
Bratislava has turned Italian and will become French soon. Musical vaccine for Slovakia. Find out more in the roundup.

News digest: Germany offers help with covid patients, former GP banned from entering the US
In the second wave of the pandemic, Slovakia is the only country in Europe where entire Roma communities continue to be quarantined, ombudswoman claims. Romanian healthcare workers arrive in Slovakia.

Former general prosecutor banned from entering the US
His son is banned too.

Nobody caused the death of Viola Macáková. According to the police, her heart failed
She was found at the Bratislava port in autumn 2019.

Slovak cloud phone services startup attracts millions in investment
CloudTalk plans to expand its operation and hire new people in Slovakia.

Rules for granting Slovak state citizenship receives green light from ministers
A non-parliamentary party wants to call on MPs not to give final approval to changes in parliament.

Ski tows have to be turned off, some ski resorts circumvent measures
Inspired by Czechs.

Arbor-vitaes and spruces in the city park will be replaced by new trees
Former Lenin Park in Banská Bystrica, recognized as a national cultural monument, is going through timber felling.

Tourism industry drops to levels from 20 years ago
Revenues from foreign tourists made up less than one third of the overall revenues of accommodation facilities in Slovakia in 2020.

Former police chief has been warned about his arrest in advance. Court points finger at Kaliňák
Tibor Gašpar led the police under Smer, now he is facing organised crime charges.

Bach's ancestors made pastries in Bratislava
Veit Bach also loved music, often playing a cithara at work.

Sputnik vaccine orbits Slovak politics
Slovakia’s febrile politics has made it vulnerable to Russian mischief using its Sputnik vaccine.

Manufacturing companies top the list of biggest receivers of direct pandemic aid
Slovakia’s price tag for pandemic measures is €4.6 billion so far.

News digest: More people in hospital and vaccination halted
Kurzarbeit to become a permanent tool. Sulík offers himself for health minister. Slovakia gets another protected regional specialty.

Government greenlighted permanent kurzarbeit, self-employed not included
A new fund of employment will not come to being.

Last year was the warmest in the past 140 years
The rainiest month was October.

Liptov potato sausage earns EC trademark
Liptovské droby sausage owes its meaty aroma and flavour to cracklings.

How to stop Covid overload in hospitals
Experts and hospitals share their view of what Slovakia needs to do to relieve the critical situation.

If Sputnik V is used in Slovakia, it would be within clinical trials
Slovakia asked EU member states to provide 100,000 vaccines.

The man who took the 'alien' out of the Foreigners' Police's name appointed its director
Robert Gucký became the main government's plenipotentiary for state borders and director of the Office for the Border and Foreigners' Police.

Even more districts in the black tier, no room for lifting measures now
Every three hours, one patient dies in Košice hospital, chief infectologist says.

Blog: EU Aid Volunteers acquire on-the-job training abroad
It has been a really intense year, but I don't regret anything, writes ADRA Slovakia volunteer Laura Naw.

News digest: President wrote to health minister to listen to scientists
Students and teachers have a problem with mental health. MP infected with coronavirus twice in two months.

Romania sends healthcare workers to aid Slovakia
Intensive care specialists to stay three weeks.

EU wants Germany to explain why it closed its eastern borders
The European Commission did not recommend closing borders, stressing the need for free movement of people and goods.

People in financial dire straits less willing to get Covid jab
Most people believe vaccination will lead to an improvement in their financial situation, a survey shows.

Surviving, so far as we can tell
Does anyone understand Slovakia’s pandemic rules any more?

Buongiorno Slovacchia

Violenza domestica, nel 2020 maltrattamenti in aumento del 17%
Lo scorso anno si è verificato un aumento dei casi di violenza domestica venuti alla luce. Un fatto che è giudicato come strettamente collegato [ ... ]

Lo Sputnik V arriva in Slovacchia. Ordinate 2 milioni di dosi
Era nell’aria ormai da giorni, e il numero record di ospedalizzazioni per Covid (oltre 4mila) ha dato l’ultima spinta a primo ministro e ministro [ ... ]

La guerra di Bratislava contro lo “smog visivo” dei grandi cartelloni
La città di Bratislava sta gradualmente rimuovendo dagli spazi pubblici della capitale slovacca numerosi cartelloni e strutture pubblicitarie. Recentemente diversi grandi cartelloni pubblicitari sono [ ... ]

Nel 2020 dalla BEI 211 milioni di sostegno agli investimenti in Slovacchia
Il Gruppo BEI, composto dalla Banca europea per gli investimenti (BEI) e dal Fondo europeo per gli investimenti (FEI), ha finanziato nel 2020 con [ ... ]

Perché il modello di Big Pharma per i vaccini non funziona
Il vaccino per il Covid ha aperto uno scontro geopolitico. Con il modello Big Pharma gli interessi economici prevalgono sulla salute. Serve un’azienda farmaceutica [ ... ]

Frecce Tricolori, da sessant’anni simbolo dell’orgoglio italiano nel mondo
Era il 1° marzo 1961 quando giunsero sulla base aerea di Rivolto (Udine) i primi sei velivoli F-86E “Sabre” con la livrea della pattuglia [ ... ]

La strategia UE per un futuro resiliente ai cambiamenti climatici
La Commissione europea ha adottato una nuova strategia dell’UE di adattamento ai cambiamenti climatici che definisce il cammino da percorrere per essere pronti ai loro effetti inevitabili. Se [ ... ]

Il governo approva nuove misure dal 3 marzo per rallentare il virus
Dopo almeno tre giorni di ascolto e discussione con gli esperti, e di comunicazioni confuse e attendiste, il governo domenica ha adottato nuove misure [ ... ]

Polizia: nell’ultima settimana 3500 violazioni a normativa anti-Covid
Dai controlli effettuati nell’ultima settimana, che la polizia di Stato dice essere più severi di quanto fatto in passato, sono state riscontrate oltre mille [ ... ]

COVID-19, superato il record di 4mila persone in ospedale
Mentre il governo ieri ha deciso misure un po’ più stringenti per frenare la diffusione dell’infezione da Sars-Cov-2, gli ospedali slovacchi registrano un numero [ ... ]

Sondaggio: primo Hlas e poi SaS e OĽaNO. Arretra l’ultradestra
Un anno dopo le elezioni che ne celebrarono un successo travolgente, nonché inatteso, il partito Gente comune e personalità indipendenti (OĽaNO) si è ridotto [ ... ]

Il settore culturale slovacco cerca aiuto nel disastro della pandemia
Mentre cinema, teatri, sale da concerto, musei, presentazioni di libri, eventi dal vivo e festival di vario genere sono stati fermati dalla pandemia, gli [ ... ]

Censimento, quasi metà della popolazione lo ha già fatto
In appena due settimane si è già censita la metà della popolazione slovacca: 2.640.000 persone, circa il 47% della popolazione slovacca, hanno preso parte [ ... ]

IIC, conferenza online sui grandi artisti del ‘900: Maurizio Cattelan
L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Bratislava organizza per oggi, lunedì 1 marzo il terzo appuntamento del nuovo ciclo di conferenze online dedicate a grandi [ ... ]

Italia, imprese di ristorazione e alloggio, nel 2021 chiuderà 1 su 4
Tra il 2012 e il 2020 è proseguito il processo di desertificazione commerciale e sono sparite complessivamente dalle città italiane oltre 77mila attività di [ ... ]

Il vaccino anti-Covid spiegato in tre grafici
Chi ha pagato per la ricerca sul vaccino anti-Covid? Qual è il prodotto più richiesto? Quali nazioni hanno comprato più dosi? Le risposte in [ ... ]

UNFCCC: clima, è allarme rosso. Impegni dei Paesi insufficienti
L’United Nations framework convention on climate change (Unfccc) ha pubblicato venerdì scorso il suo “Initial NDC Synthesis Report”  che dimostra che «Le nazioni nel 2021 [ ... ]

Vertice dei leader UE, Matovič: ho chiesto aiuto per i vaccini
Nella seconda giornata del summit dei leader dell’UE, che si è svolta in videoconferenza, i temi trattati dai 27 capi di governo sono una [ ... ]

Altri 5.000 nuovi contagi in Slovacchia, il 7% dei malati vengono ricoverati
Nella giornata di ieri sono stati registrati 2.645 nuovi contagi dai test molecolari RT-PCR (il 21,9% degli oltre 12mila tamponi esaminati) e 2.409 persone [ ... ]

Il governo passa il disegno di legge sul Kurzarbeit permanente
Il consiglio dei ministri ha approvato mercoledì un progetto di legge sul sostegno permanente alle imprese durante i periodi di lavoro a tempo ridotto. [ ... ]