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The first of the post-communist countries in central and eastern Europe to have its citizens vote on whether or not to join NATO - a military alliance that just eight years ago was the enemy - Slovakia stood at a historical threshold.

But it came to naught. Less than 10 percent of the 3.4 million electorate cast ballots in the NATO referendum. Many left the polls in anger and disgust at the Slovak government's last-minute decision to print ballots leaving off a question of whether the people should elect the country's president, an issue that had galvanized public leading up to the May 23-24 vote.

Vol. 3 No. 11, June 5-18, 1997

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Pellegrini’s cabinet bets on a non-partisan interior minister

Nine ministers remain unchanged, the interior to be led by “a man from Drucker’s team”. Here are the names Pellegrini wants in his cabinet.

Jozef Ráž is proposed to become the new interior minister.

Kuciak Sr: I do not believe justice will be served

The parents of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová are sceptical as to whether the investigation of their children's murder will return results and justice will be served.

Ex-minister, ex-MP and lawyer Daniel Lipšic.

Italian companies in Slovakia drew EU-funds worth €68m

After the Agriculture Ministry lifted its embargo, it turned out that the companies of Italians suspected of ties with ’Ndrangheta received subsidies worth millions of euros, through the Agricultural Paying Agency.

Farming seems to be quite a profitable business, illustrative stock photo.

Slovakia has its historically most successful Paralympics Video

The athlete who won most medals is visually impaired skier Henrieta Farkašová – who was unhappy, though, after coming second in the slalom on March 17.

L-R: Guide Natália Šubrtová and the msot successful Slovak Paralympic athlete, Henrieta Farkašová,