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HZDS runaways to form common party

TWO PARTIES that were created after two groups of former Movement for a Democratic Slovakia MPs left the opposition party are ready to unite in a single party in January 2004.

Vojtech Tkáč, who leads the People's Union, and Pavol Gašaprovič, leader of the Movement for Democracy, agreed on the merger of their small formations on November 29.

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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.