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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Fitch not ready to raise rating

THE FITCH ratings agency says it will raise Slovakia to investment grade when the country lowers its fiscal deficit, something the new Dzurinda cabinet has promised to do during its four-year term.

The agency dropped Slovakia from investment grade in 1998 after state spending under the 1994-1998 Vladimír Mečiar government threatened the economy.

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When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

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Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

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.