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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Unemployment rate declines

Slovakia's unemployment rate declined to 12.96 percent at the end of April, down by 0.48 points from March, the Labor Office reported. The number of unemployed declined by 12,478 to 337,180, the report noted, adding that there are 12 applicants for every job opening. The highest unemployment was seen in the Košice region (17.67 percent) and in the Rimavská Sobota district (27.96 percent), while the lowest was in Bratislava. The number of those receiving unemployment benefits declined in April as well to 26.04 percent of all unemployment.

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25 years on, most Czechs and Slovaks still oppose their breakup

More than two thirds of Czechs and Slovaks still believe there should have been a referendum on the division of their common state in 1992.

Vladimír Mečiar (L) and Václav Havel discuss the division of Czechoslovakia in 1992. There was no referendum to support the decision.

No new nuclear power plant planned

The state postpones the construction of a new utility in Jaslovské Bohunice, claiming there is no need for it.

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Skyline over Jaslovské Bohunice is changing

The four cooling towers are expected to be removed until the end of 2018.

State in mid-December 2017