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Smer approves election programme

THE OPPOSITION Smer party approved its election programme on May 21. Among other plans, party intends to introduce differentiated VAT tax rates if it gains power following the June vote.

According to Smer Chairman Robert Fico, VAT should be lower on basic food products, medication, education, and science and research.

Smer also said it would keep the current 19-percent income tax rate for business entities unchanged, but would like to see the tax rate increased to 25 percent for natural monopolies, banks and companies with high profits. The party did not define what it meant by "high profits".

Fico also confirmed that his party wanted to secure a 3-percent public finance deficit in order to meet the country's goal of adopting the euro as planned in 2009.

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

Slovakia vies for medicines agency

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

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British embassy opens condolence book

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Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.