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THE WEEK IN BRIEF

Parliament knocks Hungarian law

The parliamentary foreign affairs committee drafted an objection to Hungary's law on ethnic Hungarians living in foreign countries on December 18, calling it "an infraction of international law and interference with the domestic legal integrity of Slovakia". The law, which gives certain financial and cultural advantages to Hungarians living abroad, including the almost 500,000 Hungarians living in Slovakia, has been a thorn in relations between Bratislava and Budapest since it was passed in June. It is to take effect on January 1, 2002, although the European Union has advised it will have to be cancelled when Hungary joins the 15-member bloc.

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Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.

Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Arca Capital enters the banking sector

Czech and Slovak financial group acquires a majority share in Austrian private bank Wiener Privatbank.

Bank, illustrative stock photo