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.
Prosecutors in Slovakia have formally charged a businessman and three alleged accomplices with the murder of the investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée. Kuciak had written several critical articles about the businessman when he was shot dead at his home in February last year. His murder led to mass demonstrations and the fall of the prime minister, Robert Fico. Rob Cameron reports.
A controversial political leader of the 1990s is planning a political comeback. Slovakia's prime minister Vladimir Meciar was elected, and brought down, three times between 1994 and 1998, overseeing a period so tainted by violations of the rule of law that the country's bid to join NATO and the EU was put on ice. Meciar finally left politics in 2012. Rob Cameron reports from Bratislava.
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The heavily congested Slovak capital Bratislava has just got its first consignment of electric scooters that people may rent by unlocking them with an app. But in a sign that such shared economy ventures are not always plain sailing; within a week half of them had been stolen.
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