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Campaign 2002 kicks off

ON AUGUST 20 at midnight the election campaign officially began, as members of parliament left the legislature having approved in the last 48 hours 11 of the 18 laws President Rudolf Schuster had returned for further debate.

The parliament over its four years in office has approved a record 533 laws as Slovakia has been changing its legislation to streamline it with European Union laws. The country hopes to receive an invitation to join the 15-member bloc at a summit in Copenhagen this December.

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Surcharges for night, weekend and holiday work will go up in two phases

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

Giving a voice to those unheard

The Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.

Royal chocolate made by Slovak Photo

Some of the chocolate art pieces are decorated with gold or silver.

Veľký Rozsutec is open, just don´t forget your climbing irons Photo

One of the most photogenic mountains in the Malá Fatra range is open in the winter, too.

Veľký Rozsutec, a photo from the mountain top.