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Slovakia gets more but shorter visits

SOME 1.5 million foreigners spent at least one night in Slovakia last year, up eight percent over 2004. However, the average length of stay was down slightly to 3-2 nights, according to the Economy Ministry.

Robert Kohlmann, president of the Slovak Association of Travel Agencies, said the figures were not encouraging, and that Slovakia was not doing enough to attract tourists from countries other than Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

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Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.