Slovakia

    • Slovakia's ex-premier to launch new party

      Slovakia's ex-premier to launch new party

      Slovakia's former PM Peter Pellegrini presented project  for founding his own party on Wednesday, news wires reported. The announcement came a week after his withdrawal as deputy leader of the social democratic Smer party. Pellegrini said he wants to found a party "with transparent financing and with no oligarchs in the background."

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    • Deadly knife attack at primary school in Slovakia

      Deadly knife attack at primary school in Slovakia

      A school employee has been killed and several others wounded in a knife attack in Vrutky, northern Slovakia, news wires reported. Slovak police have killed the 22-year-old attacker, a former pupil at the school, after he resisted arrest. The assault left a deputy head teacher dead, and another adult and four children injured.

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    • Slovakia reopens borders for 16 more European countries

      Slovakia reopens borders for 16 more European countries

      Slovakia will allow free travel to and from 16 more European countries from 10 June, PM Igor Matovic announced on Tuesday. There will be no restrictions on visitors from Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Slovakia last week reopened borders with neighbours Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.

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    • Slovaks start travelling freely again

      Slovaks start travelling freely again

      As of Thursday Slovaks will be able to travel freely for up to 24 hours to eight other European states without having to present a negative coronavirus test or facing a two-week quarantine upon return, PM Igor Matovic announced on Monday. The eight countries are Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Switzerland and Slovenia.

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    • Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia to open borders in June

      Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia to open borders in June

      The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria could open their mutual borders as soon as 8 June, allowing residents of the three countries to travel between them, Czech PM Andrej Babis said cited by news wires. In his words the neighbours are thinking about how to open their borders at the start of the summer tourist season after making similar progress in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Slovakia accelerates the reopening, mergers the next two stages

      Slovakia accelerates the reopening, mergers the next two stages

      Slovakia will accelerate the reopening of its economy from its coronavirus shutdown as the rate of new infections has slowed, PM Igor Matovic announced on Monday. The central European country of 5.5m people has recorded fewer cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness than its neighbours and almost half of the reported 1,413 infected people have since recovered.

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    • New Slovak government wins confidence vote

      New Slovak government wins confidence vote

      The new Slovak government led by Igor Matovic won an initial confidence vote in parliament on Thursday as the country braces for the impact of the new coronavirus on the economy, news wires reported. The government's programme was backed by 93 out of the 141 deputies present.

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    • Slovakia plans to restrict movement of people for Easter

      Slovakia plans to restrict movement of people for Easter

      Slovakia plans to restrict free movement of people from Wednesday through to 13 April, PM Igor Matovic said on Sunday. During these six days people will be allowed only to travel to work, go shopping, or visit a doctor, he told a news conference. "The goal of these measures is to avoid unnecessary travelling and meeting and thus avoid unnecessary infecting our relatives or those close to us," Matovic said.

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