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Prague Spring: dream for 'human' socialism crushed

Paris - The Prague Spring 50 years ago sought to introduce "Socialism with a human face" in then communist Czechoslovakia but was crushed by Soviet tanks seven months later.

Writers, Slovaks, scandal cast spell of 1968 Prague Spring

Prague - Fifty years ago, writers -- including Milan Kundera -- and a bizarre scandal helped spark a fleeting but heady spell of openness in communist Czechoslovakia before Soviet tanks rolled in to crush it.

Czechs, Slovaks mark 25 years since 'Velvet Divorce'

Bratislava - Czechs and Slovaks on Monday marked a quarter century since the January 1, 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into two independent states, an amicable parting dubbed the "Velvet Divorce".

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.

Food quality double standards 'unacceptable' in EU: Juncker

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday promised Slovakia and other eastern European member states he would help stamp out the "totally unacceptable" sale of lower quality food products in their markets.

EU ups pressure on east to take migrants

Luxembourg - The European Union stepped up pressure Wednesday on rebellious eastern states to take in their fair share of refugees under mandatory quotas adopted at the height of the migrant crisis.

Italy hits back over migration security

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has warned Rome will not accept either "lessons" or "threats" from neighbours on border security amid tension over Europe's migrant crisis.

Czech 'GyroDrive' beats flying cars for hybrid licence

Bochor - As global automakers compete to bring the first flying car to market, Czech pilot Pavel Brezina is trying a different tack: instead of creating a car that flies, he has made a "GyroDrive" -- a mini helicopter you can drive.

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.

Technology in a violent world - The monstrous Bozena Riot

We are developing wonderful new technologies every day, from creating electrical power from the sun to advancing space exploration. However, our world has also become more violent and technology has answered with a terrifying machine called a Bozena Riot.

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.

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.

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.

Swedish court jails mother and sons over fake mental disability

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday jailed a woman and her two adult sons for fraud after the elder brother pretended to be mentally disabled for more than a decade to receive social benefits.

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.

Slovak PM wants EU border guards deployed by year end

Prague - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Sunday said he hoped a new border and coastguard force would be deployed on the European Union's outer frontiers by the end of 2016.

Czech NGO seeks justice for Germans killed under communism

Prague - A Czech non-profit organisation on Friday said it had filed a criminal complaint against dozens of individuals, including two former Czechoslovak communist leaders, for the deaths decades ago of five Germans killed while trying to cross the Iron Curtai...

Slovak PM says more attacks likely, blames migrants

Bratislava - Slovak President Robert Fico on Friday said he believed there is a high risk that fresh attacks will occur in Europe, and he blamed migrants for the threat.

Russia 'more dangerous than IS' says Poland foreign minister

Bratislava - Russia is more dangerous than the Islamic State group, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters Friday during a visit to Slovakia.

Roma face uncertain future amid Slovakia's nationalist surge

Kosice - His mouth open wide, four-year-old Milos is intent on managing a plate of fish and potatoes using adult-sized cutlery -- a meal all too rare for the many Roma children living in squalor in Slovakia.

Slovakia's Fico seals coalition deal for third term

Bratislava - Leftist Premier Robert Fico sealed a coalition deal with three rightwing and centrist parties Wednesday, handing his party a third term in office and averting the risk of an early election ahead of Slovakia's EU presidency.

Slovakia's Fico inches closer to clinching third term as PM

Bratislava - Slovakia's leftist Premier Robert Fico inched closer to forging a governing coalition Monday, after marathon talks with three right-wing and centrist parties resulted in a "complete proposal of programme priorities" and further negotiations.
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