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HZDS preparing election surprise

THE DAILY paper Pravda has reported that the opposition HZDS party will put only 12 of its current 43 members of parliament on a list of candidates for national elections in September, and will prefer well-known show business and media faces among its top 10 candidates. The paper, which did not name the source of its information, said 50 of the 150 HZDS candidates are to be women, and none of them - save chairman Vladimír Mečiar and former parliamentary speaker Ivan Gašparovič - is to be 60 or older. The party officially approves its election slate at a congress on July 6.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

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Slovakia is 26th on the Employment Flexibility Index

Higher work surcharges will push Slovakia down.

Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

Štefan Svitko