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Fico gives anti-Mečiar guarantees

ROBERT Fico, leader of the non-parliamentary Smer party, said on his return from the US that he had given American officials guarantees that Smer would not endanger pro-democratic reform in Slovakia, and that it would not work with Vladimír Mečiar after September 2002 elections.

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When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

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Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.