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PM calls Slovakia 'pro-European island' after Czech result

Bratislava - Slovakia remains "a pro-European island", said leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico following the election victory of a eurosceptic billionaire in neighbouring Czech Republic at the weekend.

Fayre's not fair for Eastern Europeans

Bratislava - Grumbling that their western neighbours enjoy better quality fayre, from chocolate to ketchup, eastern Europeans stepped up their campaign Friday for better food standards.

Blockchain based digital content market launched

Bratislava - A new software solution called DECENT GO (Beta Release) has been launched to allow users to upload, download, browse, buy and sell digital content. This approach enables entrepreneurs to sell directly to clients without an intermediary.

Slovakia plans to meet NATO defence budget target by 2024

Bratislava - Slovakia plans to increase its military budget to the NATO target of two percent of gross domestic product by 2024, according to an official document released Thursday.The NATO and EU member state of 5.4 million people currently allocates 1.

Creaky Slovak coalition agrees deal to end crisis

Bratislava - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal Tuesday to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.

Slovakia drops kidnapping probe against ex-premier Meciar

Bratislava - Police in Slovakia said Thursday they have dropped a probe into the unsolved 1995 abduction of the son of the country's first president, a crime long suspected to have been masterminded by then premier Vladimir Meciar.

Slovak police charge far-right leader with promoting extremism

Bratislava - Slovak police on Friday said they had charged far-right leader Marian Kotleba with promoting extremism, over cheques he gave to poor families for a sum that carries symbolic weight in neo-Nazi circles.

Thousands of young Slovaks rally against corruption

Bratislava - Thousands of young Slovaks protested Monday in the capital Bratislava and second city Kosice, calling for the dismissal of senior government officials for alleged foot-dragging on fighting corruption.

Slovak authorities move to ban far-right party

Bratislava - Prosecutors in Slovakia have asked the EU country's Supreme Court to ban a far-right party that has become the third most popular political group, saying it is working to subvert democracy.

Thousands of young Slovaks protest corruption

Bratislava - Several thousand young Slovaks on Tuesday protested in the EU member's capital, calling for the dismissal of the interior minister and police officials for allegedly not doing enough to fight corruption.

Slovakia lifts amnesty over 1995 kidnapping of ex-leader's son

Bratislava - Slovakia's parliament voted Wednesday to repeal an amnesty granted by a former premier over the unsolved 1995 kidnapping of the son of the country's first president, paving the way for a new inquiry.

Slovakia set to reopen probe into kidnapping of president's son

Bratislava - Slovakia's parliament on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment to reopen a probe into the 1995 kidnapping of the son of former liberal president Michal Kovac.

'Brexit' trigger still fixed for end-March: minister

Bratislava - Britain will still formally trigger its departure from the European Union by the end of March, the minister responsible for managing "Brexit" said Friday.

Slovak president vetoes 'discriminatory' religion law

Bratislava - Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Tuesday vetoed a law he called "discriminatory", which would have made it even harder for Muslims and other religious minorities in the EU member to receive state subsidies.

China nixes meeting with Slovak PM: Bratislava

Bratislava - China cancelled a top-level bilateral meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Saturday, the government in Bratislava said, in a move seen as a snub after the EU country's president met the Dalai Lama.

Slovakia bans far-right train patrols targeting Roma

Bratislava - The Slovak parliament on Tuesday outlawed vigilante train patrols by a far-right party that had targeted the EU member's large Roma minority.

NATO says Aleppo attacks 'blatant violation of international law'

Bratislava - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the "morally totally unacceptable" bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo broke international law, and urged Russia to take genuine steps to restore a ceasefire.

'No contradiction' between EU defence plan and NATO: Stoltenberg

Bratislava - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insisted Tuesday that EU plans for increased defence cooperation after Britain's departure would not undermine the transatlantic military alliance.

Britain 'will oppose any idea of an EU army': defence minister

Bratislava - Britain will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday.

EU looks beyond Obama to clinch free trade deal

Bratislava - A last-gasp push to seal a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and the United States before the end of Barack Obama's presidency has failed, EU ministers agreed on Friday.
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