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About 90 skiers saved from broken chairlift in Slovakia

The fire department and mountain rescue service saved around 90 skiers, who were stuck on a malfunctioning chairlift in the winter sports region of Zavazna Poruba in Slovakia on Friday.

Slovakia's Fico criticizes sanctions against Russia

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico called the planned renewal of sanctions on Russia "senseless" on Wednesday, saying he will take the opportunity during the upcoming European Union summit to criticize them.

Radioactive letters sent to legal authorities in Slovakia

Anonymous letters with radioactive content have been received by various legal and governmental authorities in Slovakia.

EU to draw up defence cooperation plans as Britain warns against army

The European Union will draw up plans by November for its member states to cooperate more closely on defence, the bloc's top diplomat said Tuesday, while Britain warned that it would oppose anything resembling an EU army.

EU no longer expects TTIP by January, but most want talks to go on

The European Union no longer expects to agree a free trade deal with the United States by the end of President Barack Obama's term, but most of its member states are keen on continuing the negotiations, officials said Friday.

Renzi unhappy with Bratislava summit outcomes on migration, economy

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says he is not happy with the decisions reached in Bratislava on tackling migration and economic challenges, and was therefore unable to share a podium with his French and German counterparts after the summit.

Orban says EU summit in Bratislava was "unsuccessful" on migration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has described the summit of EU leaders in Bratislava as a failure when it comes to migration policies.

EU's Tusk: Britain "quite likely" to trigger Brexit talks by February

Britain will "quite likely" be ready to formally trigger EU exit negotiations in January or February, Prime Minister Theresa May told European Council President Donald Tusk during a visit to London last week, the top EU official says.

EU offers Bulgaria 108 million euros to help tackle migration

The European Commission is providing Bulgaria with 108 million euros (121 million dollars) to help tackle migration, the president of the European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, says following a meeting of EU leaders in Bratislava.

Luxembourg premier plays down calls for Hungary's exclusion from EU

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Friday played down remarks by his foreign minister calling for Hungary's exclusion from the EU due to its treatment of migrants, noting that Jean Asselborn had not been speaking on behalf of the government.

EU leaders hold "honest" post-Brexit talks, seek to set new course

EU leaders were crafting a new vision Friday for the future of their bloc at "honest and frank" talks in Bratislava about the causes of public disillusionment and Britain's shock decision to withdraw.

Tusk set to ask EU leaders for help to guard Bulgaria-Turkey border

European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that he will ask EU leaders next week to deploy guards and equipment to the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, as part of efforts to boost public confidence in the bloc.

Eurogroup chief says Greece has made "too little" progress on reforms

Eurozone finance ministers dialed up the pressure Friday for Greece to deliver economic reforms, with Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warning that "too little" was done over the summer break.

Four dead after emergency helicopter crashes in Slovakia

Four people are dead after a search-and-rescue helicopter crashed in Slovakia, Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said Thursday.

Turkey and EU seek to reset relations after coup, visa row

The European Union's top diplomats met Saturday with Turkish Europe Minister Omer Celik in an effort to reset the strained relationship between the two sides, following weeks of tit-for-tat in the aftermath of Turkey's thwarted July 15 coup.

Slovakia's foreign minister: EU should show Turkey more respect

Slovakia's foreign minister, Miroslav Lajcak, urges politicians in the European Union to show more respect when discussing Turkey after returning from a short trip to Ankara.

EU ministers remember victims of dictatorship at Iron Curtain

Representatives of all 28 EU member countries gathered Monday at the Gate of Freedom memorial in Bratislava to remember the victims of totalitarianism.

Slovakia's refugee record casts doubt on its EU presidency pledges

Slovakia has balked at EU efforts to relocate refugees across the bloc - an issue it will moderate when Bratislava takes up the rotating EU presidency on Saturday. Mix in the recent turmoil in Britain, and the Eastern European country has a lot on its plate.

Slovakian police open fire on migrants fleeing in car, injure woman

Slovakian police injured a Syrian woman when they opened fire on a group of migrants as they attempted to flee in a car, the TASR news agency reported Monday.

Future of Slovakian government unclear amid right-wing election gains

The way ahead for a new coalition government in Slovakia was unclear Sunday as final election results showed the current government losing massive amounts of support and far-right parties making gains.

Slovakia's ruling party suffers heavy losses, remains largest group

Prime Minister Robert Fico's ruling Social Democrats suffered heavy losses in the weekend's general election, according to official preliminary results announced Sunday, but they still remain the largest party.

Migration fears dominate debate as Slovakians head to the polls

Slovakia went to the polls Saturday, following a migration-focussed pre-election debate, which saw Prime Minister Robert Fico rally support on the back of claims that he will defend the country's security by keeping out asylum seekers.

Kiska says Slovakia's suit against EU consequence of coming election

Migrant quotas can only be a temporary solution, but they will not solve migration causes at their root, Grabar-Kitarovic said, reiterating this was a complex problem that Europe would have to deal with for years

Grabar-Kitarovic: Central Europe's north and south should be better connected

Grabar-Kitarovic underscored the closeness of Croatia and Slovakia and their people, saying that they had shared a huge legacy for centuries. 

Croatian president begins her official visit to Slovakia

Today, Grabar-Kitarovic and Kiska will open a Slovakian-Croatian business forum. A large business delegation, led by Croatian Chamber of Commerce head Luka Burilovic,
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