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Slovakia Second Only to Mexico in Cor...

Slovakia Second Only to Mexico in Corruption Index
The World Economic Forum recently released its annual corruption index as part of its Global Competitiveness Report, which assesses the economic landscape of countries worldwide. The survey interviewed almost 15,000 business leaders from 141 economies from February to June.   Business Insider looked at the results from the perspective of [...]

Thousands March Against Fascism After...

Thousands March Against Fascism After Election Victory of Marian Kotleba
Around 2000 people gathered on Monday in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica to express their dissatisfaction and protest against the extremist ultra-­right party of Marián Kotleba, the People´s Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), which will occupy 14 parliamentary seats in the newly elected Slovak parliament. This is the first time since 1945 that fascist [...]

Slovakia’s Far Right Swing, No ...

Slovakia’s Far Right Swing, No Isolated Case
Slovakia is reeling in shock after the unexpected results from Saturday’s general elections. Prime Minister Robert Fico and his SMER party did worse than expected, but the real news of the election surrounds Marian Kotleba and his ultra-nationalist party that gained 8 percent of the votes and 14 seats in the Slovak parliament. Fico surf [...]

Slovak Elections: Parliament Hung, Dr...

Slovak Elections: Parliament Hung, Drawn and Quartered
The results of the Slovak parliamentary elections produced enough surprises for the splintered right to dream of forming a multi-party coalition government and oust current Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Smer-SD party, which finds itself without enough allies in parliament to get the majority it would need. Parliament will welcome (appare [...]

MP Kissova Wants Flat Rate 15% Tax fo...

MP Kissova Wants Flat Rate 15% Tax for Businesses
The upcoming Slovak parliamentary elections on 5 March will produce no major surprises, as the ruling Smer-SD party with Prime Minister Robert Fico at the helm looks set to grab over 30% of the vote again, while the political right has splintered into fragments. One contender for a place in parliament is former government party [...]

No NATO Bases Here, Slovakia Says

No NATO Bases Here, Slovakia Says
Slovakia has expressed its unwillingness to have NATO bases set up in the country, and will instead be proposing small contact units for eastern members at the upcoming NATO summit in Romania in November. Pravda daily cites the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR as saying “Slovakia is not requesting any bases. We are [...]

Outgoing US Ambassador Condemns Anti-...

Outgoing US Ambassador Condemns Anti-Immigration Protest
We were very concerned by the recent violent anti-immigration protests in Bratislava which occurred on June 20 – a date also celebrated as World Refugee Day. These are complex issues, and even in the United States there are multiple views of how best to address them. But we can all agree that at the core [...]

Slovakia Sets a New Standard for Tran...

Slovakia Sets a New Standard for Transparency
In December 2011, tens of thousands of Slovaks took to the streets to protest the corruption engulfing Slovak politics. Leaked documents showed top politicians dividing kickbacks, lucrative jobs, and spheres of influence with powerful oligarchs. Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, ranked Slovakia among the most corr [...]

Foreign Minister Meets Russian Counte...

Foreign Minister Meets Russian Counterpart Lavrov
Moscow (June 1) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday evening (June 1). They discussed bilateral Slovak-Russian relations, as well as developments in Ukraine, the Near East, the Iranian nuclear program [...]

Opposition Want to Recall Economy Min...

Opposition Want to Recall Economy Minister Over Suspicious Ties
Following recent reports that a company formerly owned by Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis is embroiled in a lawsuit with the state worth EUR 60 million, opposition MPs are now calling for his resignation. The company Port Service has been demanding EUR 60 million from the National Property Fund (FNM) just for being excluded from the privatisati [...]
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New Website Launched

July 27, 2014July 27, 2014
Newswebsite Honorary Consul General Mr. Godwin E. Bencini today announced that the Honorary Consulate for the Slovak Republic in Malta has launched its new website. This website is aimed at brining together the Slovak community in Malta, inform them of the Honorary Consulate's work and act as a bridge between Slovakia and Malta. Mr. Bencini encourages all Slovaks, both in Malta and abroad, to engage with this website, share their views and participate in the consulate's affairs.