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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Largest trade deficit is with Russia

Total Slovak exports were 144.575 billion Sk in the first half of 1997, 12.9 percent more than a year ago. Imports were 177.328 billion Sk, which is a 12.6 percent annual increase.

Trade with Russia marked the largest deficit (22.9 billion Sk, or $658m), while Slovakia recorded deficits also in trading with OECD countries (8.934 billion Sk, or $257m) and EU countries (4.577 billion Sk, or $131m). In contrast, Slovakia ran a trade surplus with CEFTA countries (4.9 billion Sk, or $141m). Slovakia's largest trade partner still is the Czech Republic where 23.5 percent of Slovak exports are destined and 27.7 percent of imports originate.

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

British embassy opens condolence book

The embassy will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

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