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DS withdraws from elections

THE DEMOCRATIC Party (DS) withdrew from elections a week before the ballot and threw its support behind PM Dzurinda's SDKÚ party, advising voters to cast their ballots for the larger party.

Former DS leader Ján Langoš accused current DS boss Ľudovít Kaník of accepting Sk6 million ($136,000) and a ministry post in return for the withdrawal.

Langoš said Kaník "grossly broke party statutes" and "defrauded" voters by accepting the money and withdrawing.

The DS, at less than two per cent support, had almost no chance of taking the over five per cent of votes it needed to enter parliament after September 20-21 elections.

Kaník has admitted the contract he signed with the SDKÚ promises the DS 20 per cent of the state budget money the SDKÚ will receive for its election result, but said no ministry posts had been promised, and rejected the Sk6 million figure as too high.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

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.