A Bratislava court acquits Slovak businessman Marián Kočner for ordering the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in February 2018. The court rules the lack of evidence to convict Kočner.
The Russian foreign ministry expels three Slovak diplomats from Moscow in a reciprocal move after the Slovak foreign ministry expelled three Russian diplomats from Bratislava on August 11 for alleged espionage.
Slovakia's newly-formed coalition government gains a vote of confidence as the legislature approves its program manifesto, 79-61. The ruling Direction – Social Democracy party, which did not win an absolute majority in March, has joined with the three other parties—Slovak National Party, Most–Híd, and Network—to total 85 of the National Council's 150 seats.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, during a visit to Slovakia for talks on the future of NATO, says Russia is more dangerous than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “By all evidence, Russia’s activity is a sort of existential threat because this activity can destroy countries,” Waszczykowski told reporters in Bratislava. He described ISIL as a very serious threat but said “it is not an existential threat for Europe”.
Voters go to the polls in Slovakia with partial results showing that Prime Minister Robert Fico and businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej Kiska are likely to be the two contenders in the second round.