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SDĽ dumps contents of Mečiar privatization pledge

The daily Pravda on August 6 published Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar's written pledge to the Party of the Democratic Left (SDĽ), in which he guaranteed a halt to privatization

until the National Property Fund (FNM) boards are restructured to include opposition deputies. The pledge, dated June 21, was signed by Mečiar as his coaltion threatened to break apart. Although the FNM boards will not be remodeled until September at the earliest, privatization continued on August 1 with the sale of 41 firms. SDĽ deputy Ľubomír Fogaš said his party considers this step "an expression of Mečiar's political unreliability." FNM Presidium President Štefan Gavorník said on August 5 that the agency is preparing to privatize other firms, including banks, under pressure from the ministers of agriculture, economy, and construction and public works, Práca reported.

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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.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár