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Cabinet doubles wages for new state nominees

THE GOVERNMENT is allocating more money to regional state administration school offices even though PM Robert Fico has announced his intention to close them down as soon as possible.

According to the Pravda daily, the cabinet has agreed to double the salaries of the new heads of these offices who were recently appointed by the three parties of the ruling coalition: Smer, the Slovak National Party (SNS), and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS).

The government claims the raises are justified because the new state officers are "employees of exceptional importance". Their salaries could now reach as high as Sk125,000 (€3,500) per month, about seven times the national average wage.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

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Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

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Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

Most cars produced in Slovakia head for export.