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.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said a Brexit deal could be on the horizon. The major snag in recent months has been the disagreement over the future of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. But despite the Irish leader’s optimism and others’, many companies are preparing for the worst possible scenario.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Defence Secretary James Mattis are all visiting Prague to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. It might sound odd to be celebrating the birth of a country that no longer exists, but 1918 is still remembered with great fondness by Czechs and Slovaks as their first taste of independent statehood.
For most Czechs and Slovaks who were alive 50 years ago, the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia that began the night of August 20, 1968 is etched in their mind. The "Prague Spring" was crushed with the arrival of 2,000 and 500,000 troops. Over 80 civilians were killed. Alexa Dvorson takes us back.
Each year the international organisation Reporters Without Borders releases its World Press Freedom Index, ranking freedom for journalists to do their job in 180 countries around the world. There were no changes at the top – Norway – or the bottom – North Korea, but significant tumbles for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who both slipped ten places down the chart. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
On today's program: Two EU member states slip down the World Press Freedom Index - Turkey: the world’s biggest jailer of journalists – May ’68 and today’s protests in France -The glam and the grumbles at NATO's new HQ – Proposed penalties for EU member states - Italy's first Museum of Fascism - A month commemorating Napoleon - The perks and privileges for driving electric cars in Norway.
Journalist Arpad Soltesz says press freedom in Slovakia is on a downward spiral after the killing of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak. He spoke to DW about his concerns, and told his own story of being attacked.
The murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in February instigated a string of high-level resignations in the small EU country. Police chief Tibor Gaspar is the latest to give in to public pressure.