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"Perhaps the toughest task of the [Slovak secret] service after 1998 [was] to gain the trust of our foreign partners and improve co-operation [with them]."

Vladimír Mitro, head of the Slovak secret service (SIS) describing some of the obstacles he faced when coming to his job in late 1998. The SIS had been involved in a series of scandals under the previous Vladimír Mečiar government from 1994 to 1998, including alleged attempts to sabotage the Nato entry aims of surrounding countries.

"If Smer is part of the next government, it will not fulfill the commitment to close the [Bohunice] nuclear power plant which the current government has given the European Union."

The leader of the non-parliamentary Smer party, Robert Fico, explaining his party's stance to the closure of two ageing reactor blocks at the Bohunice nuclear power plant in western Slovakia. The Slovak government last year promised the EU that the reactors would be closed from 2006 to 2008. Failure to meet this deadline could mean Slovakia's exclusion from the Union.

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Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Poll: Smer followed by SaS, KDH also in parliament

Had the general election taken place in mid-February, the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would place second, and the now extra-parliamentary KDH would get nine seats.

Alojz Hlina took over at the helm of KDH

Woman who urinated on the Quran arrested, awaiting trial

Some observers believe the video might lead to increasing security risks for Slovakia.

The accused woman arrives to the court.