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Robertson confirms NATO invitation

NATO general secretary George Robertson confirmed Slovakia's invitation to join NATO during a four-hour visit to Bratislava on March 10.

During his visit he also expressed concern about the state of the Slovak secret service, but said he looked forward to Slovakia contributing to world security and stability.

Slovakia is now waiting for 19 NATO members to ratify the accession protocol before it can officially join the organisation.

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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.

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