Michaela Terenzani


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Radičová: Positive attitude about Slovakia did not exist in the early years

Iveta Radičová was one of the initiators of the petition for referendum in 1991. Slovaks and Czechs mark the 25th anniversary of their breakup and the birthdays of their respective states on January 1. The Slovak Spectator (TSS): Based on recent research, Slovaks and Czechs are still bitter about the fact that there was no referendum concerning the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1992.

More than just neighbours

My five-year-old recently took an interest in national flags and was fascinated to find out that some of the ones in my old atlas for children belonged to countries that no longer exist. The fascination grew exponentially after he discovered that the place where he was born, and has lived ever since, was a different country with a different flag when his mother was born there.

Bratislava, it turns out, is not London

Bratislava is not London. This rather obvious fact is enough to explain the failure of Slovakia's bid to become the post-Brexit location of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Slovakia was one of the 19 countries which originally aspired to host the prestigious agency, which is currently based in the UK capital.

Legitimising fake news

Among all EU countries, Slovakia is the second most vulnerable to Russian propaganda, a recent study found. Only Hungary scored worse. The study's authors, from the Globsec Policy Institute think tank, identified several areas where this vulnerability shows, the media environment being one.

Behind fences

But other words are heard too, from ordinary people as well as from governmental politicians. Those words are not fuelled by love - quite the contrary. They say we need to close our borders, be on guard, and trust nobody.

A question of rights

WHEN the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing high heels and her radiant smile, left the hospital just a few hours after having delivered her second child, women in Slovakia once again started asking why they are kept locked up in maternity wards for days after their children are born.

Analyst: Society has the tools to prevent the worst from happening

TSS: PM Robert Fico recently spoke against fascism at the Holocaust memorial ceremony in Banská Bystrica. How do you see his anti-fascist statements in light of his other statements from the past, like "Islam has no place in Slovakia"? GM: I evaluate positively all statements of any politicians clearly condemning fascism.

Slovakia should actively manage the return of its migrants

Dissimilarity on the labour market is a good thing, as immigrants who are different than the local population have the potential to enrich the skill set in society, says Martin Kahanec, founder of the nongovernmental Central European Labour Studies Institute and researcher at the University of Economics in Bratislava.

Creating 'tradigital journalists'

THIS IS the golden age of journalism, Sig Gissler says, in contrast with the usual grim picture painted of the media business. Gissler is a purveyor of good news. Journalism is alive and well, and the stories entered into the Pulitzer Prize competition, which Gissler administers, prove it.

Austrian Ambassador: I like almost everything about Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator (TSS): Ari Rath, a prominent journalist in Israel and your close friend, passed away this January. What was his message?Helfried Carl (HC): It was interesting to hear from Ari about how he faced challenges in Austria and had to escape from the Nazis, but also about how important it was to come to terms with the past.

Prečo volební kandidáti obchádzali prisťahovalcov?

Autorka je šéfredaktorka časopisu The Slovak Spectator Právo voliť županov a poslancov regionálnych parlamentov je viazané na trvalý pobyt, a nie na štátne občianstvo, rovnako ako právo voliť starostov a miestnych poslancov v komunálnych voľbách. Platí to pre cudzincov žijúcich na Slovensku a rovnaké pravidlá sa pri miestnych voľbách vzťahujú aj na slovenských občanov s trvalým pobytom v iných krajinách EÚ.

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