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Unemployment rate still decreasing

The winter unemployment rate in Slovakia decreased by 0.8 percentage points this year - from 11.8 percent in December 2006 to only 11 percent in January 2007. However, Slovakia still has the second highest level of unemployment in the EU, according to Eurostat, the EU statistical office. Poland has the highest level of unemployment at 12.6 percent. Slovakia can boast a remarkable year-on-year decrease in unemployment; in January 2006 it was recorded at 14.5 percent.

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25 years on, most Czechs and Slovaks still oppose their breakup

More than two thirds of Czechs and Slovaks still believe there should have been a referendum on the division of their common state in 1992.

Vladimír Mečiar (L) and Václav Havel discuss the division of Czechoslovakia in 1992. There was no referendum to support the decision.

No new nuclear power plant planned

The state postpones the construction of a new utility in Jaslovské Bohunice, claiming there is no need for it.

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Skyline over Jaslovské Bohunice is changing

The four cooling towers are expected to be removed until the end of 2018.

State in mid-December 2017