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Czech Parliament OKs minority government

The Czech parliament approved on July 25 a new minority coalition government led by Vaclav Klaus after the opposition Social Democrats (ČSSD) walked out, enabling the coalition deputies to pass the vote of confidence. The vote in the 200- member Parliament was 98-40. During a three-day debate preceding the vote, ČSSD did not reveal whether it would support the government. President Vaclav Havel, in a speech to the parliament on July 23, asked for support from the opposition parties. ČSSD chairman Miloš Zeman told Parliament on July 23 that he wanted to vote against the government but changed his mind after hearing a speech by the leader of the extreme-right Republican Party, Miroslav Sládek. Sládek attacked the Roma minority; Zeman noted that Sládek's speech united moderate parties.

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How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

Offical Slovak national emblem and colours

Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

Foreigners: Events around Slovakia Photo

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017

Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

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