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The Daily Goes on Christmas Break

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The staff and contributors of The Daily.CZ would like to wish all our readers an exceptionally merry Christmas and all the best of personal and professional success for 2013. We are closing down for the festive season from until Monday 7 January 2012, but look forward to keeping you informed about the latest events in […]

Juicy Memoirs of Three Time Slovak PM Meciar

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One of Slovakia’s most prominent ever political figures, Vladimir Meciar, who oversaw the birth of the Slovak Republic back in 1993, holding the post of Prime Minister three times, has decided to publish his memoirs, which if sincere and open could reveal more than most of the country’s political and business elite would want.   […]

Czechs Set To Take Over Chunk of Slovak Gas Industry

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Some questions are being raised into the Slovak government’s idea of the restructuring of gas utility SPP, and whether the state is not selling out cheap to the proposed Czech investors. An agreement drawn up by the government in co-operation with the current foreign shareholders and the proposed new minority owner  Energetický a průmyslový holding […]

First Post-November Slovak PM Cic Dies in Hospital

Milan Cic (2.1.1932 - 9.11.2012)

One of the key figures of post-revolution Czechoslovakia, Milan Cic, died shortly after 10 am today at Kramare hospital in Bratislava aged 80, after being admitted for brain surgery in October. Among the many posts held by Cic, he was the first Slovak prime minister after the Velvet Revolution, from December 1989 until June 1990. […]

Right-Wing Extremism in Central-Eastern Europe

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The Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs has compiled a report on the threat of extremism in Central and Eastern Europe, looking at the cross-border co-operation between extremist groups and the threat it poses to Europe. Here TheDaily.SK provides you with the full report. Trans-National Cooperation of Right-Wing Extremists in East-Central Europe Miroslav Mareš – […]

Czechs Set To Take Over Slovak Gas Utility SPP

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Former Slovak monopoly gas utility SPP could be sold in a matter of months with Czech billionaires set to take over the lucrative enterprise. Here TheDaily.CZ provides you with a translation of an article today in Hospodarske Noviny. SPP could be sold within a matter of months. The company Slovak Gas Holding will most likely […]

Penta Acquires Lloyds Pharmacies and Gehe Distributor

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Penta Investments has agreed with Celesio AG to acquire its Lloyds pharmacy chain and Gehe wholesale distributor in the Czech Republic at a purchase price of around EUR 84.5 million. Lloyds operates 55 pharmacies and is the third largest pharmacy chain in the Czech Republic, while Gehe is the fourth biggest wholesale pharmaceutical distributor in the […]

Human Tissue Tracing Totally Inadequate

Once out of its package, skin is fully defrosted in water and then stretched out once again with the help of a plastic plate so its application on the human body is easier. Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Brussels (Belgium). Photo: Mar Cabra/ICIJ

Here The Daily presents part four of the Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts project of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, examining how the system of tracing sources is inadequate to say the least. Traceability Elusive in Global Trade of Human Parts By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra The International Consortium of […]

To Consent or Not: Stewards of the “Gift”

The Krivoy Rog morgue allegedly  took body parts without consent in 2007 and 2008. But morgue director Alexander Komolov died before a jury returned its verdict, closing the case. Photo:  a&o buero

This, the third part in a series of reports from The Daily.cz entitled Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, looks at the vague issue of consent in some countries and what it means in reality. Consent is not required in the Czech Republic, as the system […]

Big Bucks in Body Brokering From Ukraine to USA

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In the second in a series of articles being published by TheDaily in co-operation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists looking into the globes-panning shady world of trading with human bones, organs and skin, the spotlight is put on just how the business works, with a look at Ukraine and the personal testimony of […]

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