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Dzurinda: Cabinet to privatize no more

THE CABINET will take no further decisions on privatization sales until early parliamentary elections set for June 17, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said.

Dzurinda, leader of the ruling coalition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), made the statement in a televised debate on the Slovak Television (STV) public channel on February 12.

However, Dzurinda said he was willing to negotiate other possibilities with opposition representatives. The privatization of railway cargo transporter ZSSK Cargo is a particularly thorny issue, as final bids had already been submitted and a winner recommended when the ruling coalition collapsed earlier in February, sending the country towards early elections.

The leader of the strongest opposition party, Robert Fico, has said his party will have the prime minister recalled by parliament if the government attempts to complete the ZSSK Cargo sale.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak