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HZDS accepts first top parliamentary post since 1998

The opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) appears to have ended a boycott of leading posts in parliament, which it began one year ago after failing to win a majority in the parliamentary elections. The HZDS had been boycotting the seats because they were unsatisfied with what they had been offered by the ruling coalition after the election.

On September 10, prominent HZDS MP Augustín Marián Húska was elected to the post of deputy chairman of the EU-Slovakia joint parliamentary committee. Húska, 70, told the media that he thought his nomination would have little effect on coalition-opposition relations. "I assume that these relations will remain correct though controversial," he said.

In the past, Húska has described Slovakia as a man with one "extraordinarily" strong economic leg, but with a slightly weaker democratic one. He had warned that every country limps sometimes, not only Slovakia.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak