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Cigarette smuggling rife in Slovakia

AN INVESTIGATION by the daily SME has shown that cigarettes smuggled from the Ukraine and Russia are readily available on Bratislava cigarette stands. Cigarette producers were not surprised by the ease with which the contraband cigarettes could be bought.

A statement from the cigarette firm Phillip Morris reads: "The substantial [tax] rises introduced by the government forces consumers to look for cheaper alternatives, such as products that are untaxed or have lower taxes, for example those produced in neighbouring countries."

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Emergency declared in Prešov after Sunday storm Video

A powerful storm swept through the city on July 23.

Strong storm hit prešov on July 23.

Slovak water slalom racers won seven medals

Young Slovak talents made the hearts of sports fans race with their performance at the World Championship in water slalom.

Marko Mirgorodský

The normalisation of our relations has grown

Most people want the EU to exist in the future – we just have to mobilise this majority and not take things for granted, says Austrian Ambassador to Slovakia Helfried Carl in an interview with The Slovak Spectator.

Austrian Ambassador Helfried Carl

Fico for better fish fingers

It’s true that in the past four months, Mr Fico has been comparatively less busy than his Visegrad Group partners.

Austrian fish fingers angered PM Fico.