Slovakia

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.

Radioactive letters sent to legal authorities in Slovakia

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

Lajcak urges Bosnian Serb politicians to fully support EU path

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said in Banja Luka on Tuesday that representatives of the government and the opposition in the Bosnian Serb entity should fully participate in reforms necessary for Bosnia and Herzegovina to progress towards European Union membership, which they pledged to do.

Slovakia, Croatia dissatisfied with trade volume

Even though in the last five years the volume of trade between Slovakia and Croatia has more than doubled, trade between the two countries, amounting to EUR 525 million in 2015, is not satisfactory, it was said at a Croatian-Slovak economic forum in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Czech president orders minister to resign after Dalai Lama meeting

A meeting with the Dalai Lama could cost the Czech culture minister his job - after President Milos Zeman, who is pushing for closer ties to China, demanded his resignation, news website Parlamentni listy reported on Sunday.

Dalai Lama calls for more tolerance in speech in Slovakia

The Dalai Lama in Bratislava called for more tolerance during a public speech in Slovakia on Sunday, after a meeting with Slovak President Andrej Kiska.

EU auditors sound the alarm on decommissioning of Soviet-era reactors

Projects to decommission Soviet-era nuclear reactors in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia are falling behind in time and financing, EU auditors warned on Tuesday.

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.

Oreskovic says today maybe new beginning for EU

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday participated in a European Union summit in Bratislava and said afterwards that the messages at the meeting were positive and that today was "perhaps a new beginning" for the EU.

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.

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.

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.

EU ministers to mull "rainy day" fund to weather economic shocks

EU finance ministers are due later this week to discuss whether to set up a controversial "rainy day" fund to help eurozone members weather economic shocks, according to a paper prepared for informal talks in Bratislava, seen Wednesday by dpa.

Turkey pledges to uphold EU migration deal, demands visa-free travel

Turkey will stick to a refugee deal struck with the European Union, but will not take new steps to control migration flows unless the bloc lifts visa requirements for Turkish visitors, Europe minister Omer Celik said Saturday.

Croatian FM portrays Turkey as important partner

Croatia wants Turkey, which it deems to be an important partner notably due to its clout in southeastern Europe, to continue its journey towards the European Union, and to this aim, Turkey should meet all necessary criteria, Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said in Bratislava on Saturday where he attended an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich).

Slovakia's prime minister condemns Russia sanctions after Putin talks

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico denounced the European Union's sanctions against Russia on Friday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin the previous evening.

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.

Ambassador presents priorities of Slovakia's EU presidency

We want to focus on citizens and their needs. At the same time, we want to focus on tangible results because now is the time to convince citizens that the EU is able to positively affect their everyday life. Our mission is to achieve solutions that are really acceptable to all member-states and useful to the EU as a whole, Priputen said.

Slovakian Prime Minister Fico says Brexit decision final

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday that it was unlikely that Britain would reverse its decision to leave the European Union.

Slovakia takes up EU presidency as Brexit, migration woes loom large

Slovakia took over the European Union's rotating presidency for the first time on Friday, taking the helm as the bloc faces disarray over Britain's decision to leave the EU and looming migration challenges.

Slovakia takes on EU presidency dominated by Brexit, migration woes

Slovakia took over the European Union's rotating presidency for the first time on Friday, with the bloc thrown into disarray over Britain's decision to leave the EU and migration challenges looming large.

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.

Germany dominate Slovakia to reach Euro quarter-finals

World champions Germany eased into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Slovakia in Lille on Sunday.

Toothless England runners-up after frustrating Slovakia draw

A heavily rotated England were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Slovakia in St Etienne on Monday and enter the Euro 2016 knock-out phase as Group B runners-up behind winners Wales.

Slovakia stun Russia 2-1, fans behave inside stadium

Marek Hamsik inspired Slovakia to a 2-1 win over a lacklustre Russia in Euro 2016 Group B on Wednesday, with the match passing without incident in the stands.

All eyes on Russian fans for Slovakia game in Lille

The trouble at the end of the England game has led to concerns about Russian fans misbehaving again, with UEFA boosting stadium security. On the field, Slovakia will be going all out for a win after losing to Wales.

Substitute Robson-Kanu saves Wales historic victory over Slovakia

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu's late goal gave Wales a historic 2-1 victory over Slovakia Saturday at Euro 2016.

Focus on Bale - and Hamsik - as Wales face Slovakia

The spotlight will be on Real Madrid's Gareth Bale when Wales take on Slovakia at Euro 2016 on Saturday, Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted Friday.

Croatian MPs receive family of Slovak peacekeeper killed in 1990s war

Slovakia and the Czech Republic parted ways peacefully, but Croatia was not given such an opportunity, Demo said at the talks with the dead soldier's mother, Eva Rigova. He also stressed that war was the worst calamity that could hit the mankind.

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.

Croatia, Slovakia among the few countries still supporting EU enlargement

"Unfortunately, we are among the few European Union countries advocating enlargement. We believe that enlargement to southeastern countries is in correlation with the stabilisation of political systems. It is therefore important that we work together on that front,"

Grabar-Kitarovic: Migrant crisis requires comprehensive solution

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that the migrant crisis required a single and comprehensive solution taking into account security and economic problems in migrants' countries of origin.

Better to invest in Syria than in migrant transit, says Croatian president

Speaking about security in Europe, she said the refugee crisis was a humanitarian issue, but also a very complex issue of national security, of migrant integration, and an economic and social issue.

Croatian president to attend global security forum in Bratislava

Current issues of global security and cooperation will determine the content of the 11th edition of GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum – an international security conference, scheduled to be held in Slovakia's capital on 15-17 April.

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.

Central European countries to help Macedonia close border to migrants

Leaders of the four nations are expected to agree on helping Macedonia to block the migrants' path at its border with Greece when they meet in Prague on Monday.

The Netherlands holding EU presidency in 1st half of 2016

The Netherlands is one of the six countries that founded the European Union and has presided over the Union eleven times and last time it was 2004. It is one of the ten most competitive countries for doing business in the world.

President attends Slovak-Croatian economic forum

She said that the key to developing economic relations and economies is in cooperation between entrepreneurs. She underscored the need for better harmonisation between the two countries

Grabar-Kitarovic considers Dublin Regulation dead

Minister Ostojic's statement referred to the presumption that a total of 4,000 migrants would enter Croatia however, many, many more have done so, she said.

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 trade delegation visiting Slovakia

The delegation of about twenty Croatian companies will be led by HGK president Luka Burilovic as part of an official visit to that country by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic,

Slovakia files lawsuit against EU quotas to redistribute migrants

Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania opposed mandatory quotas, but were outvoted at a meeting of EU interior ministers in September.