Slovakia is a Central European country, bordering the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. Its capital and largest city is Bratislava.
Slovakia belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary for roughly 1,000 years. It formed part of Czechoslovakia after World War 1 until the Velvet Revolution ended communist rule there in 1989. Slovakia gained independence in 1993, and joined the EU in 2004. It is a member of the Eurozone and NATO. This page collates all of DW's content on Slovakia.
The 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship is being held in Slovakia. Germany's new head coach, Toni Söderholm, spoke to DW about his team's strengths and weaknesses heading into his first major tournament.
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Slovakia's Supreme Court has rejected a call by the country's state prosecutor to outlaw the far-right People's Party. The Court rejected all the prosecutors' arguments, saying there was insufficient proof that the party posed a risk to democracy, and pointed out that its hostile views on migrants were not significantly different from official Slovak government policy. Rob Cameron has more.
In the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire, we hear about the extent of the devastation and take a look at the challenges ahead — A new museum in Sarajevo honors a local war hero — How Slovakia 'accidentally' banned foreign national anthems — The campaign to stamp out widespread sexual harassment in the European Parliament — And Russians' increasing dissatisfaction with life amid price hikes.
Slovakia's outgoing president, Andrej Kiska, has vetoed a controversial law that banned other countries' national anthems being sung at public events. MPs from the country's sizeable ethnic Hungarian minority were among those calling for the veto — after it emerged that many of their own number had voted for the law "by mistake."
A political novice has been elected as Slovakia's first female head of state. Zuzana Caputova, a lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner with liberal views on issues such as LGBT rights and abortion, will be inaugurated in June. Rob Cameron sent this report from Bratislava.
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