Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2018

On July 14, the U.S. Embassy building in Bratislava will light up in the colors of the rainbow and a rainbow flag will hang prominently from the Embassy’s balcony.  These are symbols of the United States’ firm commitment to the human rights of LGBTI people everywhere. The same day, I will join people from across ...
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Correcting the Record on Russia’s Continued Aggression and Subversion

The late American Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” I was reminded of that quotation as I read the interview with Viacheslav Nikonov, Head of the Committee for Education and Science of the Russian Duma, in Hospodarske Noviny (June 13, 2018). Mr. Nikonov ...
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Building on Our Predecessors’ Courage to Be Free

One hundred years ago today, representatives of Czechs and Slovaks living in the United States came together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and signed the “birth certificate” of the first Czechoslovak Republic. The document, primarily authored by T.G. Masaryk, is elegantly simple and clear in its intent: that the Slovaks and Czechs would endeavor to form an ...
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Ambassador Sterling, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak Unveil Woodrow Wilson Bust

Ambassador Sterling and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak unveiled a bust of President Woodrow Wilson on the grounds of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on May 18. Wilson’s inclusion of self-determination for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian Empire played a key role in the creation of the first independent, democratic Czechoslovakia. Minister of ...
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Ambassador Sterling Commemorates the End of World War II

Ambassador Adam Sterling laid a wreath together with Slovak president Andrej Kiska and other host country and foreign representatives at the Makov War Memorial on May 8 to commemorate the end of World War II. The Makov War Memorial, near the border with the Czech Republic, commemorates the actions of a Czechoslovak guerilla brigade and ...
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American Jazz Legend Kenny Barron Marks Jazz Appreciation Month with Concert at CMR

Jazz pianist, composer, and member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame Kenny Barron performed for approximately eighty music lovers, including MFA at Ambassador Sterling’s residence on April 23 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Barron has a personal tie to this years, Jazz Appreciation Month honoree, having recorded under legendary producer and civil rights ...
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Ambassador Sterling Participates in Pianos Americanos Event

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks for the Pianos Americanos performance at the Slovak Academy of Performing Arts on March 24, noting the importance of the people-to-people connections between our countries. The annual event features two pianists playing simultaneously and focuses on the music of a different country or region each year. This year’s performance featured ...
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Ambassador Sterling’s Visit to Central and Eastern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling traveled to Banska Bystrica, Poprad, Kezmarok and Stara Lubovna from February 28-March 2. In Banska Bystrica, he met with regional Governor Jan Lunter and discussed the governor’s agenda for the region following his recent election. The Ambassador also participated in a town hall with local community activists, students and business representatives, to discuss ...
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Slovakia, the United States, and the Courage to Be Free

On New Year’s Eve 1992, thousands of Slovaks gathered on SNP square in Bratislava, counting down the minutes to the start of 1993—and with it, the birth of the Slovak Republic. Alongside thousands of jubilant Slovaks stood an American named Paul Hacker, Consul General of the United States. As the celebrations continued into the early ...
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Promoting Education and Entrepreneurship at Slovakia’s Startup Awards

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks at a discussion on “Education and Entrepreneurship” on December 1 during Slovakia’s annual Startup Awards event. The discussion, which was organized by the EuroPolicy NGO with funding from the Embassy, brought together representatives from government, academia and the private sector to examine the nexus between higher education and business in ...
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The Ongoing Struggle for a Free and Democratic Slovakia

Together with our Slovak friends and partners, the U.S. Embassy marked one of the most meaniningful of Slovak public holidays on November 17: the day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy. This day reminds us of the heroic struggles of ordinary Slovak and Czech students against Nazi occupation in 1939, and the calls for freedom ...
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U.S.-Slovak Strong Ties Persist

As Slovakia prepares to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its independence next year, it will also be celebrating twenty-five years of a close diplomatic relationship with the United States as a friend, partner, and ally. The ties that bind the United States of America and Slovakia are strong, encompassing cooperation in the fields of international ...
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Summer Work and Travel Alumni Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Ambassador

Twenty four-hour news broadcaster TA3 and state newswire TASR covered the Embassy’s third annual Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Thanksgiving dinner and photography contest, hosted by Ambassador Sterling at the Chief of Mission Residence (CMR). Approximately 25 finalists from the Embassy’s SWT photo contest as well as representatives from local SWT agencies came to the ...
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Ambassador Visits Trnava, Tours Stefanik Muzeum in Advance of 2018 Anniversaries

Ambassador Sterling visited Trnava, Slovakia’s 7th largest city (pop. 68,000), on October 12 to meet with the Mayor following his recent IVLP and to re-connect with our closer partners at Trnava University’s Faculty of Law. Trvana’s Mayor, Peter Brocka, returned to Slovakia on October 8 following a three-week IVLP in the U.S. on State and ...
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Slovakia Celebrates 73rd Anniversary of Slovak National Uprising; Leaders Call for Rejection of Extremism and Fascism

August 29 marked the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising which was launched from Banksa Bystrica in 1944 against Nazi troops and the wartime collaborationist government of Jozef Tiso. All media outlets heavily cover the attendance of President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, and Head of Parliament Andrej Danko at commemorative events in ...
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7th Slovak Airshow Boasts U.S. Aircraft and Record Numbers

This year’s Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) took place at the Sliac airport on August 26 and 27 and was visited by approximately 150,000 people. Among the big draws included fly-bys of U.S. B-52 and B-1 strategic bombers, which in the past had only been on static display at the Slovak airshow. Other highlights were ...
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What Connects Slovaks with Americans

On my recent trip to the United States I met with people across the country, from New York to Pittsburgh to San Francisco, who care passionately about Slovakia.  I met descendants of 19th century immigrants, Czechoslovaks who left in the 1960s, Slovaks recently arrived in Silicon Valley, and Americans long committed to strong partnerships with ...
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More than Thirty Towns in Eight Months

We’re pleased to announce the Ambassador’s new travel map !  Ambassador Sterling makes traveling around Slovakia to visit new regions and towns a high priority, and he has already managed to see over 30 towns and municipalities in the eight months he has lived in Slovakia.  Now you can follow him on his new travel map, which shows where ...
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Ambassador Unveils Art in Embassies Collection at Jazz Appreciation Month Reception

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a reception on April 20 to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and introduce his new Art in Embassies (AIE) collection . Art in Embassies is a program that was established in 1963 by the U.S. Department of State to showcase American art at official residences overseas. The jazz performance and reception was a perfect venue for ...
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Film Commemorates Slovak-American Michal Strank’s Participation in World War II

“He was a strict commander who required discipline. But he also had a big heart, and he loved fun. If there was laughter, Michal was guaranteed to be there.” This is how one of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Michal Strank’s former colleagues described him in a documentary about Strank’s life. Strank was a Rusin, who ...
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International Roma Day

International Roma Day – celebrated on April 8 each year – is an opportunity to celebrate Roma, who have been an integral part of the rich cultural tapestry of Slovakia for hundreds of years. Roma number an estimated 10 to 12 million across Europe, while one million American citizens of Romani descent live in the ...
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Ambassador Stresses the Importance of Tolerance and Diversity in Velky Krtis

In the town of Velky Krtis in southern Banska Bystrica province, the Ambassador spoke to 60 high school students about his personal encounters with intolerance and anti-Semitism on March 16. Responding to questions from the audience, the Ambassador noted the shared commitment of the United States and Slovakia to the values of tolerance and diversity, ...
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Ambassador Sterling Completes Roma-themed Trip through Eastern Slovakia

On March 14 to 16, Ambassador Sterling visited Kosice, Moldava nad Bodvou, Rimavska Sobota, and Velky Krtis during a trip devoted largely to Roma and anti-extremism issues. The Ambassador visited the Romani community in Kosice’s Lunik IX district, home to one of the largest marginalized Romani communities in Slovakia, and the marginalized Budulovska settlement in ...
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The Importance of Investing in Education

Education is the essential foundation for prosperity and opportunity. It strengthens our democracy, enriches our civic life, and serves as a pathway to economic success. It also cultivates young people’s talent and creativity, encourages them to connect with other people, and inspires them to discover and analyze the world in which they live. Everyone – ...
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Slovak Startups Conquer the World

  Entrepreneurship and innovation are key economic drivers in Slovakia. The first reception I hosted as Ambassador was a kick-off event for this year’s Startup Awards, and in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve already heard a lot about how Slovakia is on the move – cybersecurity companies, offline navigation systems, and gaming giants ...
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Statement by Ambassador Sterling on Russia Sanctions and the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

On September 15 the European Union extended its asset freeze and travel ban against Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The United States welcomes this step and believes that sanctions are the most important tool the international community has for convincing Russia to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and ensuring ...
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