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More Nato voices against Mečiar

NATO Secretary General George Robertson, meeting Slovak President Rudolf Schuster in Brussels, again urged Slovaks to vote in fall elections for parties that would be able to lead the country into Nato. "It's that simple", he said. The daily paper Pravda reported that in a closed-door meeting Robertson had warned that if any member of the next government was from the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party the country would not be invited to join Nato. The same message was sent also by Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister Lydia Polfer, who told Slovak Speaker of Parliament Jozef Migaš that former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar had neither the support nor the trust of the European Union.

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Threats have worked. People queued for COVID testing before the official start

The nationwide testing in Slovakia started with four districts in the north. Here is a report from the first day in Orava.

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News digest: Testing is go, several MPs positive

Slovakia-style lockdown starts tomorrow. Take a look at the latest development in our news digest.

Disinfecting the testing site in Trstená, Orava.

No test, no work. Employees will have to take paid or unpaid leave

Those who will be quarantined with a positive test result will be entitled to pandemic sick leave.

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Autumn holidays change, art schools close too

The ministry will contribute to schools to buy computers and other equipment for distance learning.

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