623-658 The first state of the Slavs living on the
Middle Danube was Samo's Realm, a tribal confederation existing
between 623 and 658. It encompassed the territories of Moravia,
Slovakia, Lower Austria, Carantania, Sorbia at the Elbe, and
probably also Bohemia, which lies between Sorbia and other parts of
833-900 Great Moravia was founded when Mojmir I
unified two neighboring states by force, referred to in modern
historiography as the "Principality of Nitra" and the "Principality
of Moravia". The Slavic state existed in Central Europe from the 9th
century to the early 10th century.
1863 The Matica Slovenska was
founded as a cultural organization and nurtured the dream of Slovak
(WSJ, 4/26/96, p.A-11)
1918 Oct 30, Slovakia asked for
the creation of Czechoslovakian state. Slovaks joined the Czechs to
form Czechoslovakia. During World War II, Slovakia existed as puppet
state of Nazi-run Germany.
(MC, 10/30/01)(AP, 9/21/02)
1938 Sep 29, British, French,
German and Italian leaders signed the Munich Agreement, which was
aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of
Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, inhabited by a German-speaking
minority. The treaty ceded three areas of Czechoslovakia to other
powers: the Sudetenland was annexed into Germany, the Teschen
district was given to Poland, and parts of Slovakia went to Hungary.
British PM Neville Chamberlain gained a brief peace agreement from
Hitler at Munich and without consulting the Czechs agreed that Nazi
forces could occupy Sudetenland. Some mark this "appeasement policy"
as the decisive event of the century. Chamberlain predicted "peace
in our time." French PM Edouard Daladier was very depressed from the
meeting. In 1980 Telford Taylor published "Munich: The Price of
Peace." It is a detailed political & diplomatic history of the
1930's in Europe, culminating in the Munich conference. Taylor later
helped write the rules for Nuremberg Trials. In 2008 David Vaughan
authored “Battle for the Airwaves: Radio and the 1938 Munich
6/9/96, Z1 p.5)(SFC, 6/16/96, Z1 p.6)(WSJ, 6/8/98, p.A21)(AP,
9/29/06)(SFC, 5/26/98, p.B2)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.115)
1939 Mar 9, Czech President
Emil Hacha ousted pro-German Joseph Tiso as the Premier of Slovakia
in order to preserve Czech unity.
1939 Mar 15, Germany occupied
Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia. Slovakia became
(Voruta #27-28, Jul 1996, p.2)(WSJ, 12/12/96,
p.A13)(HN, 3/15/98)(MC, 3/15/02)
1939 Mar, Germany set up a
puppet regime. The Jewish community was estimated to number 70,000
at the start of the war. Fewer than 10,000 survived the war.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11)
1940-1945 The Benes decrees were issued by Pres.
Edvard Benes, head of the Czechoslovak government in exile. Part of
the decrees later dealt with the status of Germans and Hungarians in
postwar Czechoslovakia. From 1945-1948 they were used to legalize
brutal measures against the country’s German and Hungarian
1944 May, Laszlo Csatary was
named chief of an internment camp at a brick factory in Kosice, a
Slovakian city under Hungarian rule, from where 12,000 Jews were
deported to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. In 1948 he was
convicted in absentia for war crimes in Czechoslovakia and sentenced
to death. He arrived in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia the
following year, became a Canadian citizen in 1955 and worked as an
art dealer in Montreal. He left Canada in 1997 and was arrested in
Hungary in 2012. In 2013 Csatary was indicted in Hungary for war
(AP, 7/18/12)(AP, 6/18/13)
1944 Aug 29, The Slovak
National Uprising broke out against the Germans.
(SFC, 10/2/09, p.E5)
1944 Dec 26, In Slovakia
American OSS personnel were captured in a surprise raid by a German
intelligence unit. Slovak agent Maria Gulovich (1921-2009) helped 2
American and 2 British agents escape. In 2002 Jim Downs authored
“World War II: OSS Tragedy in Slovakia."
(SFC, 10/2/09, p.E5)
1944 Ladislav Niznansky, a
Slovak army captain, at first supported a revolt against Nazi
occupation, but changed sides after he was captured. He then took
charge of the Slovak section of a Nazi unit, code-named Edelweiss,
that hunted resistance fighters and Jews. [see Dec 19, 2005]
1945 Jan 21, The Nazi Edelweiss
unit participated in a bloody operation against two villages in
central Slovakia as punishment for local support of Soviet-backed
1945 Feb 7, German troops and
allied Slovak irregulars massacred 18 Jewish civilians discovered
hiding in underground bunkers at Ksina, Slovakia.
1945 Slovakia reunited with the
1946 Vojtech Tuka was executed.
He had been the prime minister of pro-Nazi Slovakia during the war.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A12)
1947 Father Jozef Tiso ruled
Slovakia while it was a Nazi state and in this year he was captured
by the Americans and executed for war crimes. During his rule 70,000
Slovakian Jews were sent to Nazi death camps.
(WSJ, 4/26/96, p.A-11)(Econ, 3/13/10, p.57)
1968 Aug 3, The Bratislava
statement conceded Czechoslovakia’s right to pursue its own path.
The conference was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, for representatives
of the communist and workers' parties of the People's Republic of
Bulgaria, the Hungarian People's Republic, the German Democratic
Republic, the Polish People's Republic, the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
1972 Aug 22, In Bratislava,
Slovakia, the Novy Most (New Bridge) opened over the Danube. A
section of the Old Town was bulldozed for its creation.
1989 Nov 29, The Czechs ended
the Communist party's 40-year monopoly on power. The revolution in
Czechoslovakia was called the “Velvet Revolution" because of the
(HFA, '96, p.18)(SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.34)(AP,
1989 Dec 8, Communist leaders
in Czechoslovakia offered to surrender their control over the
government and accept a minority role in a coalition Cabinet.
1989 Dec 10, Czechoslovakia's
president, Gustav Husak, resigned after swearing in a coalition
cabinet in which Communists were relegated to a minority role.
1991 Feb 15, In Visegrad,
Hungary, a declaration of co-operation was signed by Poland,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The 4 became known as the
1992 Jul 17, Slovakia's
government decreed its independence from Czechoslovakia. The
independence did not become official until January 1, 1993.
1992 Dec 31, The Nation of
Czechoslovakia officially ended with division into two Nations:
Slovakia and the Czech Republic. When the country split, all
citizens were deemed to be either Czech or Slovak, based on their
parentage. The vast majority of the Romany living in the Czech
Republic are of Slovak descent, and they had to apply for Czech
citizenship. In 2009 Mary Haimann authored “Czechoslovakia: The
State That Failed."
(HFA, '96, p.44)(SFC, 5/13/96, p.A-8)(Econ,
1993 Jan 1, Czechoslovakia
peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and
Slovakia. The Slovak people never voted on the 1993 split with the
Czechs. When the country split, all citizens were deemed to be
either Czech or Slovak, based on their parentage. The vast majority
of the Romany living in the Czech Republic are of Slovak descent,
and they had to apply for Czech citizenship. Vladimir Meciar
(b.1942) became the premier of Slovakia and Vaclav Klaus the premier
of the Czech Rep.
9/21/02)(WSJ, 4/26/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/13/96, p.A-8)(AP, 1/1/98)
1993 Nov 16, Lucia Popp (54),
Slovakia-born soprano (Vienna Opera), died in Munich.
1993 Michal Kovac was elected
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A13)
1993-1998 In Slovakia Prime Minister Vladimir
Meciar governed during a period marked by international isolation.
The country's failure to join NATO along with some of its neighbors
in 1999 was attributed to Western dislike of Meciar's undemocratic
1994 Mar, Pres. Kovac called
for and parliament approved the removal of prime minister Vladimir
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A13)
1994 Meciar’s party won a
plurality and he was renamed prime minister.
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A13)
1995 Michal Kovac Jr., the son
of Pres. Michal Kovac Sr., was kidnapped and later dumped drugged
and unconscious in front of a police station in Vienna.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A18)
1996 Jan, In Bratislava Prime
Minister Vladimir Meciar and his allies chipped away at all forms of
independent power. President Michal Kovac in a feud with Meciar
stated that the country's politics had stepped beyond the bounds of
democracy. The country is bordered by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary,
Austria, and the Czech Republic.
(WSJ, 1/17/96, p.A-14)
1996 Oct 17, Some 10,000 people
demonstrated against Culture Minister Ivan Hudec for firing National
Theater director Dusan Jamrich. Slovak artists claim that the
government is increasingly authoritarian.
(SFC, 10/18/96, C6)
1997 May 25, In weekend
elections less than 10% of the people bothered to vote after
government meddling led opposition leaders to call for a boycott.
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A13)
1997 Jul 19, From Slovakia it
was reported that Bratislava had become a narcotics depot and
crossroad of the Balkan drug route from Turkey and Central Asia.
(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A8)
1997 Slovakia was bumped from
Nato’s invitation list and excluded as a candidate for the EU.
(WSJ, 6/14/01, p.B14)
1997 Martin Klein, Slovak
journalist, wrote a profanity-laced attack on Jan Sokol, the
archbishop of Slovakia, who wanted to bann the Milos Forman film
“The People vs. Larry Flynt" and its poster. Klein was charged with
defaming the Roman Catholic faith and lost his court case. In 2005
the suit moved up to the European Court of Human Rights in
(SSFC, 7/24/05, p.C2)
1998 Mar, The 5-year term of
Pres. Kovac expired.
(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A21)
1998 Sep 27, In Slovakia
opposition leaders claimed victory after 2 days of elections for a
new parliament. Prime Minister Meciar’s Movement for a Democratic
Slovakia won 27% of the vote. Slovak Democratic Coalition leader
Mikulas Dzurinda was seen as Meciar’s successor.
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Oct 28, Four Slovak
opposition parties formed a centre-right coalition government under
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.52)
1999 Apr 19, One of the annual
Goldman Environmental Prizes went to: Michal Kravcik, a Slovakian
hydrologist, who successfully fought a government plan to dam the
Upper Torysa River in 1996.
(SFC, 4/19/99, p.A2)
1999 May 15, In Slovakia
presidential elections were held and Rudolf Schuster (65), mayor of
Kosice, was the front runner over Vladimir Meciar (57). Schuster won
47% of the vote to Meciar's 37% and a runoff was scheduled for May
(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A21)(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999 May 29, In Slovakia Rudolf
Schuster was elected president in a runoff election against Vladimir
Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister.
(WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 10, The EU granted
preliminary consideration for membership to Bulgaria, Latvia,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Malta.
(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A16)
2000 Apr, In Slovakia police
arrested former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar for paying
unauthorized bonuses to Cabinet members during his 5 years in
office. He was released after several hours.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A18)
2000 Oct, US Steel announced
the last steps in its acquisition of Vychodoslovenske zelziarne AS
(VSZ), the majority of the country’s steel industry.
(WSJ, 10/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct-2000 Feb, Slovak
brokers were involved in a plan to ship Mi24 helicopter gunships
from Kyrgyzstan to Liberia. One was shipped and another was
confiscated by Slovak customs agents.
(WSJ, 12/11/01, p.A15)
2001 Jun 11, In Slovakia 17
Indian would-be immigrants were believed to have drowned while
trying to cross the Morava River from Slovakia to the Czech
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.C3)
2001 The new Maria Valeria
Bridge over the Danube reunited Sturovo, Slovakia, with Esztergom,
Hungary. Germans blew up the old bridge in 1944.
(WSJ, 4/5/05, p.A15)
2002 Sep 21, In Slovakia
Vladimir Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister, appeared
to edge out his rivals in elections, but he was without the support
needed to catapult him to power in the face of united opposition.
Mikulas Dzurinda was re-elected as PM.
(AP, 9/21/02)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.45)
2002 Oct 9, The European
Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic,
Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania,
Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and
recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria
likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the
Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among
2002 Nov 21, The Baltic nations
of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined former communist states
Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia as the next wave of NATO
2002 Dec 13, The EU reached
agreement to accept 10 new countries in 2004. These included Czech
Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
(SFC, 12/14/02, p.A3)
2003 Apr 15, Slovakia Pres.
Rudolf Schuster signed an accession document committing Slovakia to
joining NATO, the next-to-last step on the long road to membership
in the military alliance.
2003 May 16, Slovak voters
began a two-day referendum to reaffirm their nation's top foreign
policy goal to be membership in the European Union.
2003 May 17, Slovaks in a 2-day
plebiscite voted to join the European Union. About 92 percent of
voters approved EU membership, with a turnout of some 52 percent.
2003 Jul 3, Slovakia's
parliament approved an amendment to make abortion legal until the
24th week of pregnancy.
2003 Sep 11, Weary and
trembling, Pope John Paul II struggled to greet Slovaks as he began
a four-day visit.
2003 Sep 14, Pope John Paul II
wrapped up a pilgrimage to Slovakia by beatifying two clerics, Greek
Catholic Bishop Vasil Hopko and Roman Catholic Sister Zdenka
Schelingova, who were jailed and tortured under the former communist
2003 The Slovak parliament
voted to cut taxes on personal incomes and for a single flat rate of
19% on corporate profits effective in 2004. The statutory retirement
age was raised and a new pay-as-go pension scheme was created to be
supplemented by privatization revenues.
(Econ, 11/8/03, p.48)
2003 PSA Peugeot Citroen,
Europe’s 2nd biggest carmaker, decided to make the successor of its
206 model in Trnava, Slovakia. The car had been manufactured in the
Ryton factory near Coventry, England.
(Econ, 4/22/06, p.55)
2004 Mar 29, Pres. Bush hosted
a White House ceremony to welcome Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania,
Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar, KIA Motors, a unit of
South Korea’s Hyundai group, decided to build a new $850 million
plant in Slovakia, where corporate and personal taxes were recently
cut to a flat 19%.
(Econ, 3/6/04, p.60)
2004 Apr 2, In Brussels an
official ceremony welcomed Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia,
Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
(SFC, 4/3/04, p.A11)
2004 Apr 3, Slovaks voted for a
new president. Former authoritarian PM Meciar led after the first
round of Slovakia's presidential election. Low turnout set up an Apr
17 runoff against a former political ally.
(AP, 4/4/04)(WSJ, 4/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 17, In Slovakia Ivan
Gasparovic (63), an ex-chairman of parliament previously loyal to
ex-PM Vladimir Meciar (61), won a presidential runoff against Meciar
with 59.91 percent of the vote. The turnout was 43.5%.
(AP, 4/18/04)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.49)
2004 Apr 27, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU officials signed an accord extending
the EU-Russia partnership accord to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and
Malta, which join May 1.
2004 May 1, Revelers across
ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry to the
European Union. 10 new members (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia)
joined. Malta joined with 70 exemptions to EU rules. Poland had 43
exemptions. Latvia had 32. The Turkish occupied area of Cyprus was
suspended from entry.
(AP, 5/1/04)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.50)(Econ, 4/16/05,
2004 Sep, Unemployment in
Slovakia fell to 13.1% from 20% in 2002. The average household
income was around $240 per month.
(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.B2F)(SSFC, 11/21/04, p.B3)
2005 Jan 1, Slovakia was
forecast for 5.1% annual GDP growth with a population at 5.4 million
and GDP per head at $8,940.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.89)
2005 May 11, Lawmakers in
Austria and neighboring Slovakia voted overwhelmingly to ratify the
new European constitution, giving much-needed support to the charter
intended to strengthen the 25-member European Union.
2005 Jul, Unemployment in
Slovakia stood at 15.2%.
(WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A7)
2005 Nov 25, Slovakia joined
the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) as a first step towards
adopting the European Union's common euro currency.
2005 Dec 19, Ladislav Niznansky
(88), a former Nazi commander, was acquitted of murder in three
massacres in Slovakia after a court said there was no reliable
evidence he was involved in the killings. Niznansky, a former Slovak
army captain who at first supported the 1944 revolt, changed sides
after he was captured and took charge of the Slovak section of a
Nazi unit, code-named Edelweiss, that hunted resistance fighters and
Jews. He was convicted of the massacres and sentenced to death in
absentia by Czechoslovakia in 1962.
2005 Dec 31, In Slovakia 7
tourists from the Czech Republic died in avalanches in the Tatra
mountains. A day earlier a German was killed by an avalanche in the
2005 In Bratislava, Slovakia,
the new Eurovea Int’l. Trade Center began developing on the
riverfront. The 1st phase was expected to complete in 2009.
(WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A7)
2006 Jan 19, In northeastern
Hungary a Slovak military plane crashed as it ferried troops back
from Kosovo, killing at least 42 people. Only one person survived
the crash of the AN-24 aircraft.
2006 Jun 6, The Spanish
interior ministry said that 67 suspects had been arrested for
accessing child porn on the Internet over the past five days. The
international police operation arrested 38 in France, 10 in Spain, 9
in Slovakia, 7 in Belgium and 3 in the Netherlands.
2006 Jun 17, Slovaks voted in
their first election since joining the EU, choosing between a record
third term for PM Mikulas Dzurinda or a leftist pledging to overturn
economic and social reforms. Smer, Slovakia's opposition leftist
party led by Robert Fico, won the parliamentary elections, tapping
into widespread public discontent over eight years of austere
(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.44)
2006 Jun 18, Slovakia's leftist
Smer party promised a radical break with economic reforms on after
winning an election that showed voters' fatigue with the tough
changes made during eight years of center-right rule.
2006 Jul 25, The Slovak central
bank raised key interest rates by 50 basis points.
2007 Mar 2, An explosion in a
Slovakian ammunition factory killed two people, left six missing and
injured 45, five seriously.
2007 Aug 21, Hana Ponicka (85),
a Slovak writer and former anti-communist dissident, died.
2007 Nov 28, Two Hungarians and
a Ukrainian were arrested in eastern Slovakia and Hungary in an
attempted sale of a kilo (2.2 lbs) of uranium, material
believed to be from the former Soviet Union. Police said it was
enriched enough to be used in a radiological "dirty bomb."
2007 Dec 20, Estonia, Hungary,
Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech
Republic halted land and sea border controls at midnight in a wave
of new members of Europe's passport-free Schengen zone. They all
joined the EU on May 1, 2004.
(AFP, 12/20/07)(WSJ, 12/21/07, p.A1)
2008 Mar 17, The US
administration signed deals with Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia
paving the way for visa-free travel for their citizens despite
concerns in Brussels over the bilateral agreements.
2008 May 28, Slovakia revalued
its currency. Finance minister Jan Pociatek was soon accused of
leaking news of the revaluation to J&T, Slovakia’s leading
(Econ, 6/28/08, p.58)
2008 Jun 1, In Slovakia a new
media law was set to go into effect giving anyone mentioned in an
article sweeping rights to an equally prominent rebuttal. Newspapers
responded by publishing blank front pages. Leading newspapers had
done this twice before during the Meciar years to protest
restrictions on press freedom.
(Econ, 4/26/08, p.71)(Econ, 11/21/09, p.55)
2008 Jul 8, The EU formally
invited Slovakia to join the euro zone on Jan. 1, 2009.
2009 Jan 1, Slovakia became the
16th European Union member state to adopt the euro. This day also
marks 10 years since the euro was introduced.
2009 Jan 11, Slovakia reopened
a nuclear power plant it was forced to shut down as part of its bid
to join the European Union, prompting condemnation from neighboring
Austria, which described the reactor at Bohunice as unsafe.
2009 Jan 14, Russia and Ukraine
wrangled over gas supplies again. Bulgaria and Slovakia, cut off by
the row for a freezing week, launched missions to plead for Russian
gas flow to be restored.
2009 Jan 22, European Union
antitrust regulators said they raided Slovakia's main telecom
operator last week on suspicion of monopoly abuse.
2009 Feb 21, In central
Slovakia a train collided with a bus, killing 11 people and injuring
21 others near the town of Brezno.
2009 Apr 4, In Slovakia Pres.
Ovan Gasparovic was re-elected for a 2nd 5-year term with 55% of the
vote over Iveta Radicova, who had hoped to become Slovakia’s 1st
(WSJ, 4/6/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 10, In central
Slovakia 19 workers were trapped underground after a fire and
explosion hit the Handlova coal mine. The trapped workers were nine
miners who were initially sent to battle a blaze and 11 sent as
reinforcements as the fire grew. All were believed killed.
(AP, 8/10/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 21, Slovakia stopped
Hungary’s Pres. Laszlo Solyom from crossing its border. This was a
breach of EU rules on freedom of movement. Solyom had planned
to unveil a statue of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary, in the
predominantly Hungarian city of Komarno. Slovakia’s government had
objected to the visit as the date coincided with the “Prague Spring"
of 1968, when Hungary, as part of the Warsaw pact, took part in the
Soviet crush of Czechoslovakia’s independence movement.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.46)
2009 Sep 1, In Slovakia a new
language law was scheduled to come into force to promote the use of
Slovak in public. Hungarian speakers, who numbered about a fifth of
the population, viewed this as a direct attack on their right to
speak their mother-tongue.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.47)
2009 Sep 9, The Dalai Lama
received Slovakia's Jan Langos award for his promotion of human
rights and his leadership in the nonviolent campaign by Tibetans
seeking autonomy from China. The Jan Langos Foundation gives its
award to "an outstanding figure of the local defiance against
oppressed regimes and their security services" and to civil servants
and politicians who "endeavor for human dignity and freedom."
2009 Nov 17, Slovakia pledged
about 250 extra soldiers to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, the
first of what British PM Gordon Brown said would be a series of
2009 Dec 28, Slovakia said that
Russia had warned it might halt oil supplies through Ukraine to
three European Union countries over a price dispute.
2010 Jan 19, The Slovak Foreign
Ministry said the country has agreed to take in three inmates from
the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in an effort to help President
Barack Obama to close it down.
2010 Jan 24, The US sent 3
detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to
Slovakia, the latest transfers as the Obama administration tries to
close the facility.
2010 May 18, In southern Poland
2 days of flooding killed at least five people. Officials closed the
Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site to protect its Holocaust archives
and artifacts. Heavy rains that began in central Europe last weekend
also caused flooding in areas of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech
Republic, with rivers bursting their banks and inundating low-lying
homes and roads, and cutting off villages.
2010 May 22, In Slovakia
authorities in Bratislava called off the country’s first-ever gay
pride parade following attacks by neo-Nazis.
(SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 12, Slovakia's three
party governing coalition fought for survival in a parliamentary
election, challenged in a tight race by the center-right opposition.
Voters handed PM Robert Fico a setback by giving the center-right
opposition a majority.
(AP, 6/12/10)(AP, 6/13/10)
2010 Jul 9, Slovakia’s Pres.
Ovan Gasparovic appointed a new center-right government led by Iveta
Radicova, the country’s first female prime minister.
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 30, In Slovakia a
gunman killed 7 people and wounded 14 in an attack at an apartment
building in Bratislava, then committed suicide.
(AP, 8/30/10)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.55)
2010 Nov 3, Slovakia’s
government agreed to deploy up to 348 service members in the
NATO-force in Afghanistan next year, up from the current 299. The
decision still needed parliamentary approval.
2010 Nov 8, In Slovakia Ernest
Valko (57), the former chief judge of Czechoslovakia's
Constitutional Court, was shot to death in his home in Limbach. As a
lawyer, he represented the Slovak government and served as a legal
adviser for the National Property Fund, an institution in charge
state property privatization.
2011 May 10, In Slovakia
Jaroslava Oravcova (43) was wounded after a gunbattle with officers
during an undercover police operation to apprehend him. Police
believe the man used the Internet to search for a person who wanted
to commit suicide and would agree to let him eat the body. Oravcova
died from his wounds on May 12.
2011 Oct 11, Slovakia’s
government fell when Parliament failed to approve more powers for an
EU bailout fund in a vote tied to a confidence vote in Radicova's
1-year-old government. The vote failed because a coalition partner
refused to support it. The parliament rejected a bill that would
have strengthened the powers of the regional rescue fund to help
bail out strapped economies in the eurozone. Outgoing PM Iveta
Radicova and her main opponent said they will work to try to get the
bill through Parliament.
(AP, 10/12/11)(AP, 10/14/11)
2011 Oct 13, Slovakia’s
Parliament approved an expanded EU fund in a repeat vote after the
opposition voted in favor in exchange for early elections.
2011 Oct 14, Slovak President
Ivan Gasparovic said he will dismiss PM Iveta Radicova's coalition
government. It had lost a parliamentary confidence vote on Oct 11.
2011 Dec 1, In Slovakia more
than 1,200 doctors of some 7,000 from public hospitals resigned from
their posts over low pay, forcing hospitals to delay planned
operations and focus on necessary treatment. A new deal was
announced on Dec 3 that will ensure salaries for doctors in the
state-run hospitals of up to 2.3 times higher than average.
2011 Dec, In Slovakia the
"Gorilla" files were mysteriously posted online by an anonymous
source. They purportedly documented shady dealings between 2005 and
2006, and suggest that investment group Penta bribed government and
opposition politicians to win lucrative privatization deals. They
were said to be based on wiretaps and rocked the already-raucous
world of Slovak politics. The spy agency, SIS, has refused to
confirm the file's authenticity. SIS heads are suspected of sweeping
the wiretap findings under the carpet. Police began investigating
following the anonymous leak.
2012 Mar 10, Slovakia held
elections. The Smer-Social Democracy party of former PM Robert Fico
was the clear winner with 44.4 percent of the vote, or 83 seats in
the 150-seat Parliament, with votes from all 5,956 polling stations
2012 Jul 2, The Vatican said
that Pope Benedict has "relieved from pastoral care" Bishop Robert
Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia. Italian news reports suggested
administrative problems were to blame.
2012 Jul 15, The Nazi-hunting
Simon Wiesenthal Center confirmed that Laszlo Csatary (97), accused
of complicity in the killings of 15,700 Jews, had been tracked down
to the Hungarian capital. He served during World War II as a senior
Hungarian police officer in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then under
2013 Jan, Iran arrested Slovak
national Matej Valuch (26) and accused him of spying for the
US CIA. On Feb 8 Valuch was released and returned home.
2013 Apr 15, Metropolitan
Krystof (59), head of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Rep. and
Slovakia resigned amid allegations of affairs with women and
fathering illegitimate children.
(SFC, 4/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 4, Flooding continued
along the Danube and other southern European rivers. The dead
included 8 people in the Czech Republic, 4 in Germany, 4 in Austria
and one in Slovakia.
2013 Jun 9, At least 21
flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe. A week of
heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage in central and
southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
2013 Jun 28, The Slovak news
website www.sme.sk said a group of five or six Slovak hang-glider
enthusiasts were detained 3 weeks ago in Iran on suspicion of
2013 Dec 11, Iran released the
last two of eight Slovak paragliders arrested for allegedly spying
after PM Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak flew in to
secure their release.
2013 Dec 31, US officials said
Slovakia has accepted three Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who
had posed a difficult resettlement challenge.
2014 Mar 15, Slovaks voted in
the first round of a presidential election, a largely ceremonial
post. PM Robert Fico and businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej
Kiska (51) beat 12 other candidates in the first round of voting.
Turnout was low at 43.4 percent. Both men will compete in a March 29
(AFP, 3/15/14)(AP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 29, Slovak voters
turned out in unexpectedly higher numbers for the runoff in the
country's presidential election as underdog philanthropist Andrej
Kiska challenged political heavyweight PM Robert Fico.