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Fico: Five conditions for next government

SMER PARTY leader Robert Fico has said that if he captures the PM's chair after September elections, he will insist the next government fulfill five main planks from Smer's election platform by the end of 2003, or he will resign.

The five demands include: passage of a law requiring 'suspiciously wealthy' people to demonstrate the origin of their wealth; approval of a new electoral system; reduction of state spending and welfare abuse; and the creation of special teams to investigate and prosecute serious economic crime.

Smer is running second to Vladimír Mečiar's opposition HZDS party on a law-and-order platform.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak