THE WEEK IN BRIEF

Smer claims Blair's third way

A December 15-16 weekend congress of Robert Fico's non-parliamentary Smer party, according to polls Slovakia's second most popular, approved a document called "The Third Way", claiming as its political examples the British Labour Party and promising "order, common sense and pragmatism" following September 2002 parliamentary elections. Critics of the party have said it has no definable platform, and have feared that Fico might agree to form a coalition with the opposition HZDS following 2002 elections.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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