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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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Chinese are closer to taking over Košice steelworks

The sale may be completed early next year, according to reports.

U.S. Steel Košice

Third anti-corruption march drew thousands Photo

The only demand that has been met to date is the abrogation of Vladimír Mečiar’s amnesties by parliament.

The anti-corruption march

Slovak water slalom racers start championship with a victory Video

The single canoe slalom team can boast with several records.

l-r: Alexander Slafkovský, Matej Beňuš and Michal Martikán

Blog: In Slovakia, tradition is key

The year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.

Traditional "vinobranie" event in Pezinok.