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Dzurinda sharpens election vocabulary

PRIME MINISTER Mikuláš Dzurinda, speaking at a meeting of his SDKÚ party on July 6, said the party in September elections offered voters an alternative to a "return to the past" with the opposition HZDS, as well as to the "demagoguery" of Robert Fico and the "sneaky, refined manipulations" of Pavol Rusko, both of whom are Dzurinda's political opponents.

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Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Arca Capital enters the banking sector

Czech and Slovak financial group acquires a majority share in Austrian private bank Wiener Privatbank.

Bank, illustrative stock photo

Ryanair cancels some flights from and to Bratislava

The Irish low-cost airline publishes full list of cancellations

Irish budget airline Ryanair is believed to be cancelling up to 50 flights every day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.