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Slovak July trade deficit hits 5.499billion crowns

Slovakia's July foreign trade deficit was 5.499 billion Slovak crowns (Sk), putting the cumulative trade gap at 43.911 billion Sk for the first seven months of the year, the Statistical Bureau said on August 28. The June trade deficit was 6.13 billion crowns. Comparative data were not immediately available due to a change in methodology for 1998. Meanwhile, the current account deficit totalled 31.9 billion crowns in the January-May period of 1998, compared with a 26.01 billion crown shortfall in the same period last year, the NBS said on August 28.

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Coalition SNS seeks mandatory 13th salary

The business sector claims that such a step would lead to speculation and slow the growth of wages.

Andrej Danko, head of the Slovak National Party (SNS) at the party congress in Sliač.

Kiska stays away from parliamentary politics

President Kiska has dispersed all questions surrounding his future in politics before Easter, when he announced he was not planning to run for parliament.

Andrej Kiska does not want to walk down the path of party politics.

No NHL players to reinforce Slovak ice hockey team so far

All players addressed by coach Cíger have refused to attend the world championship but there are still two in question.

Zdeno Cíger

Danko’s office opens MPs’ letters

OĽaNO wants Danko to step down as parliament’s speaker after what they call an unprecedented measure.

Igor Matovič (l) and Ján Budaj (r)