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Slovak court considers banning parliamentary far right party

Apr. 9, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Supreme Court is deciding whether to ban a parliamentary party for the first time in the country's history. The court listened Tuesday to a request that emanated from the country's prosecutor general to remove the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia party because he...

Outgoing president to create new political party in Slovakia

Apr. 3, 2019 4:15 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's outgoing president, Andrej Kiska, says he's planning to create a new political party once his term in office expires in June. Kiska, a successful businessman-turned-philanthropist, did not stand for a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post. Liberal...

Liberal upstart Caputova elected 1st Slovak female president

Mar. 30, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An liberal environmental activist has been elected as the first female president of Slovakia. Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova had 58 percent of the vote with almost 95 percent of returns counted in Saturday's runoff election, topping European Commission Vice President Maros...

Slovak lawmakers reject international women's rights treaty

Mar. 29, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's lawmakers approved a resolution on Friday to reject an international treaty on women's rights. Parliament voted 101-28 with three abstentions to ask the government to stop the process of ratification of the treaty known as the Istanbul Convention and inform the...

Upstart liberal vs establishment in Slovak president vote

Mar. 29, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An upstart liberal candidate is facing a career diplomat and establishment figure in a presidential runoff Saturday that could give Slovakia its first female head of state. Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist, is up against European Commission vice-president Maros...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Mar. 24, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the...

The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal

Mar. 22, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 a.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it to seek more time under any circumstance. Rutte said that "they can say, in theory, that on 12th of April we are getting...

Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff

Mar. 16, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that could give the central European country its first woman president. Zuzana Caputova was leading with 40.5 percent of the votes with 99 percent of some 6,000 polling stations counted...

The Latest: 2 favorites make Slovak presidential runoff

Mar. 16, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on Slovakia's presidential election: (All times local). 1:15 a.m. Almost complete results in Slovakia's presidential election show that the two favorite candidates will meet in a runoff vote in two weeks. The Slovak Statistics Office says Zuzana Caputova has 40.2...

Slovakia could get its first woman president in ballot

Mar. 15, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia could get its first woman president as voters elect a new head of state on Saturday. The leading contenders are Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist who is in favor of gay rights and opposes a ban on abortion in this conservative Roman Catholic country, and Maros...