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EU summit begins

A crucial two-day EU summit in Brussels begins today at which the leaders of the 15 Union member states are expected to reach a deal on financing the EU’s eastward expansion in 2004.

Many EU member states are reluctant to extend both full agricultural subsidies to the up to 10 new members, and full access to ‘structural funds’ in which richer countries contribute money to help poorer nations develop.

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Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.

Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.

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